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

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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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Laços de Sangue  »

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$25,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$41,229 (USA) (28 March 2014)
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James Gray helped Guillaume Canet to translate the dialogue from French to fluent New Yorkese. See more »

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During the chase through the Queensboro Bridge, the Trump World Tower is clearly visible. It was not completed until 2001. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Rock'n Roll (2017) See more »

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In Ginocchio Da Te
Lyrics by Franco Migliacci (as Migliacci) and music by Bruno Zambrini (as Zambrini)
Performed by Gianni Morandi
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Unoriginal Soap Opera
29 March 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1974, in New York, the criminal Chris (Clive Owen) is released from prison and his younger brother Frank (Billy Crudup), who is a honest police officer, brings him home expecting that Chris is regenerated. However after an incident, Chris returns to the life of crime, affecting Frank's career and the lives of his ex-wife Monica (Marion Cotillard) and his present wife Natalie (Mila Kunis). But when Chris discovers that the criminal Scarfo (Matthias Schoenaerts) wants to kill Frank that is living with his ex-wife Vanessa (Zoe Saldana), he has to decide whether he flees or save his brother's life.

"Blood Ties" is a movie with an impressive cast and set decoration, including several cars from the 70's. Unfortunately the story is an unoriginal soap opera that wastes the cast. There are many movies with brothers on the opposite sides of the law and the screenplay of "Blood Ties" is not engaging and does not hold the attention of the viewer. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Laços de Sangue" ("Blood Ties")


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