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Blood Ties (I) (2013)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  30 October 2013 (France)
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Two brothers, on either side of the law, face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s.

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New York, 1974. Fifty-year-old Chris (Clive Owen) has just been released on good behavior after several years in prison following a gangland murder. Reluctantly waiting for him outside the gates is his younger brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their father, Leon (James Caan), who raised them alone, seems to favor Chris despite all his troubles. Yet blood ties are the ones that bind, and Frank, hoping that his brother has changed, is willing to give him a chance - he shares his home, finds him a job, and helps him reconnect with his children and his ex-wife, Monica (Marion Cotillard). But Chris' inevitable descent back into a life of crime proves to be the last in a long line of betrayals, and after his brother's latest transgressions, Frank banishes him from his life. But it's already too late, as the brothers' destiny is bound together, forever. Written by Polly_Kat

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Crime runs in the family.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Laços de Sangue  »

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$25,500,000 (estimated)

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$26,912 (USA) (21 March 2014)

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$41,229 (USA) (28 March 2014)
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Matthias Schoenaerts was cast after starring opposite Marion Cotillard (director Guillaume Canet's wife) in Rust and Bone (2012). Canet has said that he chose Schoenaerts after hearing Cotillard praising his acting several times. Schoenaerts and Canet met briefly on the set of "Rust and Bone", when Canet came to visit his wife. See more »

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The armored truck robbery takes place around New Year's, but a poster from "Chinatown" is on the side of the bank. That picture opened in June, so there's no way it would still be displayed nearly seven months later. See more »

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Monica: Come on, Chris! Fuck me. You're dying to, I know you are.
Chris: I just got married.
Monica: Yeah. And? It'll be your wedding present.
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Remake of Rivals (2008) See more »

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Written by Emilio Castillo, Stephen Kupka and David Garibaldi
Performed by Tower of Power
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Stinkier than a 70's headband.
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I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would grant this stunted flop more than a two at best. Yes, the cast is great and that makes it all the more of a riveting disappointment. James Caan seems like an actor trying to play James Caan. The clichés hit he beach in Coney Island like a tsunami.The 70's effects while pretty consistent are wildly generic and the era continuity flaws albeit not the major problem are still relevant. No, my problem with this film is that it takes insanely capable skilled and even iconic actors and dumbs them down to an idle gray and boring level of energy. Of all the actors chosen for the lead , I mean really a botched casting with Owen. He took Q's from Nicholas Cage and the obvious Goodfellas similarities (tribute or plain plagiarism?) brought this movie to a screeching halt. If fact the only thing that kept the movie running or at least at all memorable was the 70's soundtrack which in itself was nothing major yet the obvious use of 70's hits made it a little more seamless.All of the action takes place in the first 10 minutes. Thereafter a downhill ride.


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