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Blood Father (2016)

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An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Cleaner (as Raoul Trujillo)
Brandi Cochran ...
Lydia's Mother
Cameron Cipta ...
Blonde Boy


An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

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A Father Makes His Own Justice

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language throughout and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sangre de mi sangre  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The bar in this film, is the same bar as in The Guest (2014). See more »


John picks up Lydia after she calls from a payphone, brings her back to his place and lays her on the bed to sleep. John grabs Lydia's bag and starts to empty it's contents. He finds her pistol, releases the magazine, and empties the chamber. The sound that follows is an empty casing hitting the floor, not an unfired round, even though the gun is a semi-automatic. The only way this occurs is if the gun has a failure to eject, which we know didn't happen base don the last time she fired the gun. See more »


Lydia: You ever think about... what the world would be like without you? If I just went ahead and killed myself this would all be over.
Link: Oh, so that's where we're at, giving up. Fine. You kill yourself then I'll kill myself and I'll take some innocent people with me. How'd that be?
Lydia: You think I'm kidding, Dad, but I've tried.
Link: Yeah, so have I, plenty of times. Where's that got us?
Lydia: I took all of my stepdad's pills when I was twelve.
Link: Girls take pills when they want somebody to find them.
Lydia: I tried to hang ...
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References Desperate Housewives (2004) See more »


Direct From the Street
Performed by White & Spirit
Composed by Mike Kourtzer
(p) 2015 Cercle Rouge Productions
(c) Mike Kourtzer, all right reserved
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He's still got it.
28 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

When runaway teenager Lydia (Erin Moriarity) accidentally shoots her drugs cartel boyfriend, she makes a desperate run for it, asking for help from her estranged father Link (Mel Gibson), a tough ex-con still on parole. Together, father and daughter go into hiding, pursued by vicious killers.

I know that Mad Mel doesn't think very highly of the English (or anyone who is not an Australian/American Catholic, for that matter), but I'm still a fan, and Blood Father proves that he still has what it takes, the star putting in a moving performance as a caring father who will do anything to protect his daughter.

This isn't an all-out action-fest, which might disappoint some viewers (although there are some great action scenes to be had)—it's a tale of redemption, with a flawed character doing his best to make up for past mistakes, which seems very apt: perhaps Hollywood should learn something from this film and give its troubled star one more chance.

Best moments: the opening bit of satire—16 year-old Lydia buys countless packs of bullets at a store without a problem, but is carded when it comes to cigarettes; the motorbike chase scene (nice to see Mel toting a shotgun once again); and what's that? Mel making fun of himself in a scene in which he spews hatred of minorities? I had to laugh.

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.

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