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Blood Father (2016)

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An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Link
... Lydia
... Jonah
... Preacher
... Kirby
... Arturo Rios
... Cherise
... Joker
... Choop
... Shamrock
... The Cleaner (as Raoul Trujillo)
Brandi Cochran ... Lydia's Mother
... Link's Client
Cameron Cipta ... Freckles
... Blonde Boy


An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Father Makes His Own Justice

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language throughout and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]




Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sangre de mi sangre  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mel Gibson's character lives in a mobile home in this movie, and in the Lethal Weapon film franchise. See more »


A missing person poster lists Lydia's year of birth as 1996, yet the character is described as being 17 years old in 2016. See more »


Link: No, no, there's no winning or losing.
Link: You either want to wake up in the morning or you don't.
Link: And if you can't find a way to live with yourself well then, why run? why come to me? why do any of this?
Lydia: I don't wanna die.
Link: What was that?
Lydia: I don't wanna die.
Link: That's right.
Link: You don't wanna die.
Link: Because you're a 17 year old kid and you've got a lot to live for.
Link: You may not want to wake up tomorrow but the day after that, might just be great.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Native Blood
Performed by' Ronald Jean' Quartet
featuring Jerry Donato
Written by Ronald Edwin Jean
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Mel Gibson unleashes hell
8 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

I love it when Mel Gibson is in his Mad Max Lethal Weapon Braveheart Patriot mode. The character and the performance you see in BLOOD FATHER is something that Gibson often returns to from time to time. The tortured soul, protective of his loved one, willing to unleash hell when necessary. BLOOD FATHER is hardcore. A merciless story of retribution.

Directed by Peter Craig, Mel Gibson plays an ex-convict and former alcoholic named John Link who's trying his best to keep it together . Until one day when his estranged daughter comes back into his life but with a big secret, turns out, the drug cartel is hunting her down, a situation that forces Link to use his past connections and his skills to keep his daughter alive.

Much of the film is set in the desert, so one can't help but make a stretched comparison to Mel Gibson's old days as Mad Max. The best way to describe BLOOD FATHER in a way that today's audiences would understand is that Gibson's character, John Link, is more or less kinda like Liam Neeson's character in "Taken" franchise, but with less resources and Link is more rough around the edges. But both characters would go above and beyond for their respective daughters.

BLOOD FATHER is a very straightforward film, it has that father-daughter drama, though not as strong or as powerful as such films as "The Wrestler," for example, but some of the lines do hit home, and the action is more about firepower and gunfights, very brute, very basic, but it gets the job done. Some might say BLOOD FATHER is predictable and I don't blame them, it is after all just one of those movies for us Charles Bronson fans who just want to see the bad guys ultimately get what they deserve, a satisfying punishment.

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