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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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Taglines:

Crime runs in the family.

Genres:

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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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

This family crime drama is set during the 1970s. In a supporting role in this film is actor James Caan, who starred as Sonny Corleone in the two 1970s Academy Award winning Best Picture family crime dramas, 'The Godfather' (1972) and 'The Godfather: Part II' (1974). 'Blood Ties' is set in the year of 1974 which is when the second 'Godfather' film premiered. See more »

Goofs

The armored truck robbery takes place around New Year's, but a poster from "Chinatown" is on the side of the bank. That picture opened in June, so there's no way it would still be displayed nearly seven months later. See more »

Quotes

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 Carlito's Way (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Then He Kissed Me
Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich
Performed by The Crystals
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Unoriginal Soap Opera
29 March 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1974, in New York, the criminal Chris (Clive Owen) is released from prison and his younger brother Frank (Billy Crudup), who is a honest police officer, brings him home expecting that Chris is regenerated. However after an incident, Chris returns to the life of crime, affecting Frank's career and the lives of his ex-wife Monica (Marion Cotillard) and his present wife Natalie (Mila Kunis). But when Chris discovers that the criminal Scarfo (Matthias Schoenaerts) wants to kill Frank that is living with his ex-wife Vanessa (Zoe Saldana), he has to decide whether he flees or save his brother's life.

"Blood Ties" is a movie with an impressive cast and set decoration, including several cars from the 70's. Unfortunately the story is an unoriginal soap opera that wastes the cast. There are many movies with brothers on the opposite sides of the law and the screenplay of "Blood Ties" is not engaging and does not hold the attention of the viewer. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Laços de Sangue" ("Blood Ties")


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