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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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Plot Keywords:

murder | 1970s | flashback | love | money | See All (13) »


Crime runs in the family.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

30 October 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Laços de Sangue  »

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Box Office


$25,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$41,229 (USA) (28 March 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the third film in which Marion Cotillard and Billy Crudup starred together, the previous were Big Fish (2003) and Public Enemies (2009). See more »


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 »


Frank: [Frank & Valenti are on a stakeout. Valenti slurps the last of his drink and tosses the cup into the back seat] You do understand that this is my car, not yours, right?
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References Carlito's Way (1993) See more »


Written by Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground and Nico
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Excellent movie to watch.
16 April 2014 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

Love the movie. One of the best movies I have seen. Excellent story and good screenplay to go with it. However, need to be patient to follow the story line effectively through. Not a simple straightforward story which we usually see in movies. Good family crime drama. It is a thriller reaching the climax at the end. Like the ending too. The starting and the ending of the story blend together very well. In fact all the actors and actresses portrayed their parts very well indeed. The story is adapted from a French novel and movie. Clive Owen did a very good job as the other brother. Good choice of 60s music back ground. If you like simple straightforward action movie, then this is definitely not your type. Watch it patiently and you will love the movie!

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