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Blood and Wine (1996)

A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes.

Director:

Bob Rafelson

Writers:

Nick Villiers (story), Bob Rafelson (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Alex
Stephen Dorff ... Jason
Jennifer Lopez ... Gabriela
Judy Davis ... Suzanne
Michael Caine ... Victor
Harold Perrineau ... Henry
Robyn Peterson ... Dina
Mike Starr ... Mike
John Seitz John Seitz ... Frank
Marc Macaulay ... Guard
Dan Daily ... Todd
Marta Velasco Marta Velasco ... Gabriela's Cousin
Thom Christopher ... Jeweller #1
Mario Ernesto Sánchez ... Artie (Fishing Ace)
John Hackett John Hackett ... Gas Station Attendant
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Storyline

Bob Rafelson has stated that this is the final part of an informal trilogy he started with "Five Easy Pieces" and continued with "The King Of Marvin Gardens". In the three, Nicholson has now played son, brother and father. In this one, Nicholson is a wealthy wine dealer who has distanced himself from his wife with his philandering and from his son with his negligence. After he steals a diamond necklace with the help of a safecracker partner, Victor, things start coming apart. His wife sets out to interrupt what she thinks is another one of his weekend dalliances, but is really his trip to pawn the jewels. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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There is no honour amongst thieves.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood & Wine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$420,993, 23 February 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,075,288, 30 March 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Nicholson's and Writer/Director Bob Rafelson's last film together, the first was Head in 1968. See more »

Goofs

Alex's position on the dock at the end of the movie changes several times. See more »

Quotes

Alex Gates: Frank ever come on to you?
Gabriela 'Gabby': He have a beautiful wife.
Alex Gates: Oh. *She* ever come on to you?
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Very Good 90s Film Noir
7 September 2002 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine are so good in this movie. The temptation to chew up the scenery must have been overwhelming, but neither did. Neither grandstanded, and each played their vastly unappealing characters right down to the last detail.

Caine plays an aging and ill thief looking for that last big score on which he can retire. Nicholson plays a middle-class wine distributor locked into an unhappy marriage, failing business, and a young girlfriend to support. They unite to rob one of Nicholson's clients, an act they feel will solve all of their problems. Of course it doesn't and everything that can go wrong, does. And then things begin to turn ugly.

Dark, noirish, this is not a feel-good caper flick. It's definitely not "The Sting". What it is is well acted, directed, and filmed. Highly recommended, I'm just puzzled why it was overlooked at the Academy Awards.


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