Still recovering from a heart transplant, retired F.B.I. profiler Terry McCaleb (Clint Eastwood) returns to service when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.

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Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Michael Connelly (novel), Brian Helgeland (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Terry McCaleb
Jeff Daniels ... Jasper 'Buddy' Noone
Anjelica Huston ... Dr. Bonnie Fox
Wanda De Jesus ... Graciella Rivers (as Wanda De Jesús)
Tina Lifford ... Detective Jaye Winston
Paul Rodriguez ... Detective Ronaldo Arrango
Dylan Walsh ... Detective John Waller
Mason Lucero ... Raymond Torres
Gerry Becker ... Mr. Toliver
Rick Hoffman ... James Lockridge
Alix Koromzay ... Mrs. Cordell
Igor Jijikine ... Mikhail Bolotov
Dina Eastwood ... Reporter #1
Beverly Leech ... Reporter #2
June Kyoto Lu ... Mrs. Kang (as June Kyoko Lu)
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Storyline

Retired F.B.I. profiler Terry McCaleb (Clint Eastwood), who has recently had a heart transplant, is hired by Graciella Rivers (Wanda De Jesus), to investigate the death of her sister, Gloria, who happens to have given McCaleb his heart. On the case, he soon deduces that the killer, who staged the murder to look like a random robbery, may actually be a serial killer Terry was trailing for years in the F.B.I. Can the elderly and feeble McCaleb, who had intended to spend his retirement living on his boat in the Los Angeles harbor, and who can't drive, and has to nap regularly, muster up the endurance to find the killer? Written by Amir Al-Kourainy <kalkour1@san.rr.com>

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A serial killer is just a heartbeat away See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the scenes where the L.A.P.D. and Sheriff's office are contesting jurisdiction over a body, there is a police car with the registration plate "999007", a possible reference to the British emergency services phone number (999) and James Bond's designation 007. See more »

Goofs

As Arrango and Waller are floundering in the water at night, Arrango tells McCaleb he needs to come to a crime scene right away. However, when they arrive it is bright daylight and Arrango and Waller are both dry, indicating that they took several hours to get to the scene. See more »

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[first lines]
Detective Arango: [referring to McCaleb at crime scene] Okay, listen. Whatever happens, it'll be his face on the front page.
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Connections

Referenced in Blue Neon Night: Michael Connelly's Los Angeles (2004) See more »

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All around enjoyable murder mystery and human interest drama
1 January 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

In "Blood Work" Eastwood plays an FBI agent, recovering from a heart transplant, who is asked by the sister of the murdered woman whose heart he received to find her killer. The result is surprisingly even and interesting murder mystery in which we see Eastwood piece together the evidence pointing to the killer while dealing with heart transplant issues and making nice with his pro bono client. The film has fewer plot holes than most murder mysteries; leans more toward human interest than derring-dos; and is another example of Eastwood successfully pushing out the age envelope in a self-directed film product. Recommended for more mature couch potatoes into murder mysteries. (B)


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Official Sites:

WarnerBros.com

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,312,413, 11 August 2002

Gross USA:

$26,235,081

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,794,718
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