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Blood and Wine (1996)

A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes.


Bob Rafelson


Nick Villiers (story), Bob Rafelson (story) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Alex
Stephen Dorff ... Jason
Jennifer Lopez ... Gabriela
Judy Davis ... Suzanne
Michael Caine ... Victor
Harold Perrineau ... Henry
Robyn Peterson ... Dina
Mike Starr ... Mike
John Seitz John Seitz ... Frank
Marc Macaulay ... Guard
Dan Daily ... Todd
Marta Velasco Marta Velasco ... Gabriela's Cousin
Thom Christopher ... Jeweller #1
Mario Ernesto Sánchez ... Artie (Fishing Ace)
John Hackett John Hackett ... Gas Station Attendant


Writer and Director Bob Rafelson has stated that this is the final part of an informal trilogy he started with Five Easy Pieces (1970) and continued with The King of Marvin Gardens (1972). In the three, Nicholson has now played son, brother, and father. In this one, Nicholson is a wealthy wine dealer who has distanced himself from his wife with his philandering, and from his son with his negligence. After he steals a diamond necklace with the help of a safecracker partner, Victor, things start coming apart. His wife sets out to interrupt what she thinks is another one of his weekend dalliances, but is really his trip to pawn the jewels. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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There is no honour amongst thieves.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Jennifer Lopez stated in an interview that she shot a nude sex scene with Stephen Dorff for this movie, but that it was cut out of the theatrical release. See more »


Alex's position on the dock at the end of the movie changes several times. See more »


Alex Gates: Look, I got an idea. Why don't you sit down at your desk and write out all your complaints, then when I get back we can have one of those nice long fights that you like so much.
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Featured in If We Picked the Winners (1998) See more »


Performed by Celia Cruz
Written by J.R. Cepeda
Courtesy of Sonida, Inc.
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disappointing film noir
14 September 2005 | by KyleFurr2See all my reviews

This movie tries to be a modern day film noir and just quite doesn't work. This was directed by Bob Rafelson, who also directed Nicholson in his first great starring role in Five Easy Pieces. This movie has a great cast that has Nicholson, Michael Caine, Judy Davis, Jennifer Lopez and Stephen Dorff. Nicholson owns a wine cellar but is having some money troubles and hatches a plan with Michael Caine to steal a million dollar necklace while some rich clients are on vacation. Lopez plays their maid who is going to help them but is fired right before the robbery and can't help them. Once they actually steal the necklace, everything starts to go wrong and everybody turns on everyone. This movie just doesn't work as a film noir and is just a major disappointment

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Release Date:

21 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$420,993, 23 February 1997

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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