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Blood Ties (I) (2013)

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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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30 October 2013 (France)  »

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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 told that he chose Schoenaerts after hearing Cotillard praising his acting several times. Matthias and Guillaume had meeting briefly on the "Rust and Bone" set, 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 after it opened. 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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Movie based on character development, great one by Canet
13 May 2014 | by (Mrs.Worldwide) – See all my reviews

IF YOU EXPECT THIS TO BE A CLASSIC Hollywood GANGSTER MOVIE, YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED! It's not, it's way more than that, it's almost entirely based on the characters development. As the movie unfolds, we learn more and more about the lives of the two brothers, and the circumstances in which they keep finding each other, which makes it very hard for them to connect on a brotherly level. The actors play their roles to perfection, very believable, specially Clive Owen and Marion Cotillard. The cast is exceptional and bring out the essence of the period. I really enjoyed this movie from beginning to end, and I'm glad it wasn't action based. I didn't find the 2 hours long like some of the viewers, although I understand it's not for everybody who usually expect more dynamical plot from a 70's movie.


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