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Blood Work (2002)

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Still recovering from a heart transplant, a retired FBI profiler 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

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 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 FBI profiler Terry McCaleb (Eastwood), who has recently had a heart transplant, is hired by Graciela Rivers (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 FBI. 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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The key to catching a killer is only a heartbeat away. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deuda de sangre See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,312,413, 11 August 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,199,517, 13 October 2002
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Exists in the same universe as The Lincoln Lawyer (2011). See more »

Goofs

After Terry discovers that the killer takes mementos from his victims, the 'blowup' of the killer taking Gloria's earring is taken from a completely different angle than the previously seen surveillance tape (not to mention so clear that the other detectives could never have overlooked it). See more »

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[first lines]
Detective Arango: [referring to McCaleb at crime scene] Okay, listen. Whatever happens, it'll his face on the front page.
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2 January 2003 | by Bryce RumblesSee all my reviews

There's really nothing new in this cop drama. Eastwood plays his patented Tough Cop, mellowed by age and a brand new heart, and does everything you expect him to, including (but not limited to) defying his doctor's advice; chasing a suspect then shooting him while suffering a heart attack, but without once shouting, "Stop in the name of the law," or whatever is required, even by the LAPD; having the female lead fall for him, despite an age difference Anna Nicole Smith could relate to; solving the case despite all the obstacles the authorities can throw at him.

This is not a bad movie, it's just not a particularly good one. If you're hoping for another Unforgiven, or even a Dirty Harry, look elsewhere.

But even Clint can't bat 1.000.


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