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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.

Director:

Guillaume Canet

Writers:

Guillaume Canet (screenplay), James Gray (screenplay) | 5 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Chris
Billy Crudup ... Frank
Marion Cotillard ... Monica
Mila Kunis ... Natalie
Zoe Saldana ... Vanessa
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Scarfo
James Caan ... Leon
Noah Emmerich ... Lieutenant Connellan
Lili Taylor ... Marie
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Mike
John Ventimiglia ... Valenti
Griffin Dunne ... McNally
Jamie Hector ... Nick
Yul Vazquez ... Fabio De Soto
Eve Hewson ... Yvonne
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Storyline

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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Crime runs in the family.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

30 October 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Rivals See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,797,864 (France), 30 October 2013, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,912, 23 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$41,229, 30 March 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,415,472, 8 June 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mila Kunis had to put on some weight for her role. See more »

Goofs

The story opens in 1974 but the song playing in the background on the record player is "New York Groove" from Ace Frehley's 1978 solo release and even the original by the band Hello was not released until 1975. See more »

Quotes

Monica: Come on, Chris! Fuck me. You're dying to, I know you are.
Chris: I just got married.
Monica: Yeah. And? It'll be your wedding present.
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Referenced in Rock'n Roll (2017) See more »

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New York Groove
Written by Russ Ballard (as Russel Ballard)
Performed by Ace Frehley
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Unremarkable, yet enjoyable slice of 70's cool.
21 August 2014 | by adamscastlevania2See all my reviews

(66%) A very convincing in terms of period detail crime drama featuring a solid cast and a decent character based story that satisfies through its toe- tapping soundtrack. Clive Owen has a truly fine on-screen presence and he's really great in this, and because he and everyone else are also good, along with the few nice bits of gripping and intense action, meaning that the undebatable flaws in the script, and a couple of minor issues here and there don't really matter that much. This will likely get seen by about half as many people than it deserves, but despite that, and for Mr Clive Owen especially, this is worth a very nostalgic trip to the cinema.


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