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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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Peter Craig (screenplay by), Andrea Berloff (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Link
Erin Moriarty ... Lydia
Diego Luna ... Jonah
Michael Parks ... Tom 'Preacher' Harris
William H. Macy ... Kirby
Miguel Sandoval ... Arturo Rios
Dale Dickey ... Cherise
Richard Cabral ... Joker
Daniel Moncada ... Choop
Ryan Dorsey ... Shamrock
Raoul Max Trujillo ... The Cleaner (as Raoul Trujillo)
Brandi Cochran Brandi Cochran ... Lydia's Mother
Katalina Parrish ... Link's Client
Cameron Cipta Cameron Cipta ... Freckles
Lucien Dale ... Blonde Boy
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Storyline

Self-exiled somewhere in the dusty landscapes on the outskirts of Los Angeles, John Link--a rugged former convict, and now, a tattoo artist struggling to stay sober--sees his quasi-orderly life turn upside down, when he receives a desperate phone call from his estranged daughter, Lydia. On the run from a ruthless Mexican drug cartel, John and Lydia must navigate through a dangerous world of frail allegiances and merciless cut-throats, as they seek shelter in an inhospitable city. Can the grizzled father save his teenage daughter from this nightmare? Written by Nick Riganas

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A Father Makes His Own Justice


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

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Official site [Japan]

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France

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sangre de mi sangre See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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The movie Lydia is watching in the theater, is Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), which was directed by Jean-François Richet. See more »

Goofs

When the father (Mel) is working on the tattoo while his daughter is there (when she points out the guy's melanoma), he's wearing glasses, then he isn't, then he is again. See more »

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Lydia: You ever think about... what the world would be like without you? If I just went ahead and killed myself this would all be over.
Link: Oh, so that's where we're at, giving up. Fine. You kill yourself then I'll kill myself and I'll take some innocent people with me. How'd that be?
Lydia: You think I'm kidding, Dad, but I've tried.
Link: Yeah, so have I, plenty of times. Where's that got us?
Lydia: I took all of my stepdad's pills when I was twelve.
Link: Girls take pills when they want somebody to find them.
Lydia: I tried to hang ...
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Features Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) See more »

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Evening News
Written and Performed by Armen Hambar
Published by RFT Music Publishing Corp, ASCAP
Courtesy of www.Sounddogs.com
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"You Think That the Garden of Eden was in Norway?" (dialog, daughter to dad)
27 August 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Two things to know going in.

The is a Hollywood "resurrection" role -- when an A-list big-name star disappears for a while and then comes back in a role you might not expect.

(They can be fun. Costner did a few and they were all interesting. In Fargo Season 2 Jean Smart came back playing a grandmother in a crime family -- and aced it. Gibson, formerly the "sexiest man on the planet" according to polls, nails his cranky, old, character is this one.)

Second it is not a A-film. The running time (about 90 mins) is the tip-off. So going into it, you expect something different.

Which is what you get.

It is not really an actioner, even though it stars one of the biggest action stars in the biz. And does have a lot of action in it. It is more of a road movie. And it is just quirky enough to keep interest.

If Gibson is good, Erin Moriarty is a revelation. This is her breakout role. You will be seeing her again soon. The script, which is razor sharp, requires her to have play both young/stupid and smart/strong at the same time. A contradictory role that would be be a challenge for an A-list pro. She takes command of the role and becomes unforgettable by her third scene.

Great fun.


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