6.5/10
15,406
44 user 90 critic

Blood Ties (2013)

Trailer
1:27 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Two brothers, on either side of the law, face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
4,251 ( 615)

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Mike
...
Valenti
...
McNally
...
Nick
...
Fabio De Soto
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

Crime runs in the family.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

30 October 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Laços de Sangue  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$41,229 (USA) (28 March 2014)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

English-language adaptation of Jacques Maillot's french thriller Les liens du sang (2008), which starred Guillaume Canet, the director of Blood Ties. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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.
See more »

Connections

Remake of Les liens du sang (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

What is Hip
Written by Emilio Castillo, Stephen Kupka and David Garibaldi (as John David Garibaldi)
Performed by Tower of Power
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
classy crime thriller
18 April 2014 | by (Gurgaon, India) – See all my reviews

Blood is thicker than water is a proverb that might be out of place in today's independent, and nuclear world. But the same is the heart and soul of French-American crime thriller Blood Ties. The movie itself is a remake of the 2008 French movie, Les IIens du sang by Jacques Maillot, which in turn is an adaptation of a French novel by Bruno and Michel Papet.

Two brothers on the opposite sides of the law is a plot done to death, and almost invariably the brothers fatefully clash in a bitter end. Not so in Blood Ties. On being released from prison, Chris tries to lead a straight life, but is unable to do so, and soon goes back to his criminal roots. This impacts his police brother Frank, but when faced with a choice between his brother and his career, Frank, in a twist from generic plots, chooses the former. The feeling is mutual, till the end.

Blood Ties may not be a breakthrough movie in itself, but it is powerful cinema nonetheless. Requires some patience as the plot builds up. The setting is the hippie 70s, with big muscle cars, sideburns, cocaine, and racism dotting the canvas. The eclectic cast consisting of Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cottiliard, Mila Kunis, James Caan, Noah Emmerich, Zoe Saldana is on song. The carefully chosen musical track adds to the experience.

Even though there are the customary car chases, bank robberies, and murders, this is not a big bang popcorn action flick. Rather a measured crime drama, with realistic violence. Enjoyable when you are in the mood for quality cinema- 7/10


15 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?