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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chris
... Frank
... Monica
... Natalie
... Vanessa
... Scarfo
... Leon
... Lieutenant Connellan
... Marie
... Mike
... Valenti
... McNally
... Nick
... Fabio De Soto
... Yvonne


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.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

30 October 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Rivals  »

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Box Office


$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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This picture entered into and selected to screen out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. See more »


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 »


Frank: [Frank & Valenti are on a stakeout. Valenti slurps the last of his drink and tosses the cup into the back seat] You do understand that this is my car, not yours, right?
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References The Godfather (2013) See more »


Crimson and Clover
Written by Tommy James and Peter P. Lucia Jr. (as Peter Lucia)
Performed by Tommy Jones and Tommy James & The Shondells
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Boring, Formulaic, Uninspired
22 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

This cast is great and it's my favorite type of film: crime, brothers on either side of the law, and a bit of romance on the side. However, this movie proves why Scorcese is Scorcese. He does the exact same kind of story lines and with the same top notch actors but he makes his long movies go by so quickly. This movie just drags on and on and you know what's going to happen before any of the scenes there's no surprises and I care nothing for any of the characters. The acting is fine, the actors did an okay job, but it's just boring. Hood gets out of town, falls for girl who wants him to do well. He tries, he fails, he turn back to crime. There's a past relationship and of course it teases him. There's a dying father, a cop brother who wants him to do good. He just can't handle life on the outside. There's nothing wrong with the story but the dialogue is cheesy and the movie just doesn't flow. It's like time slows down and I'm watching this frame by boring frame. Don't waste your time on this one and rewatch Goodfellas if you're hankering for a gangster film.

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