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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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Guillaume Canet

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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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Crime runs in the family.


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 USA:

$26,912, 23 March 2014

Gross USA:

$42,472

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,415,472
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mila Kunis had to put on some weight for her role. See more »

Goofs

Subway logo used from 2002 to 2016 Visible in background at the junk yard while Chris is banging his head. See more »

Quotes

Leon: [to his son, Frank] Listen, your mother... your mother was a bitch. She was a real bitch. She beat the shit out of your brother and sister on a daily basis with whatever she had in her hand. She was a violent drunk, she was a twisted fucking slut.
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Referenced in Blood Ties: Behind the Scenes (2014) See more »

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Money Is
Written by Quincy Jones (as Quincy D. Jones)
Performed by Little Richard
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Could have been a classic
29 April 2014 | by Hurry_up_N_buySee all my reviews

All the ingredients were there and the whole time watching it, I was rooting for this to be an intense, potentially "epic" '70s crime movie, and at first, it FELT like it could easily be just that, and then comes some contrived plot devices that bring you back into present day.

I won't spoil anything though, read the summary for a summary. The movie easily captures the '70s with its set pieces and locations and even gives you the feel of a movie made in that era. There are moments of brilliance that come in the form of suspenseful buildups, great direction, and editing and score work that turns some scene transitions into awesomeness. With a 2 hour running time, I had no issues with it feeling long or boring. The acting is impressive on all accounts (some chemistry could be a bit weird though) and for about the first hour I was engaged and feeling, 'wow, if they could just keep this up,' and then of course, unfortunately, they don't.

At some point some things just start to feel like their just being tossed in. I think one of its main problems is that the only real character development is placed on the two leads, so you can empathize when it calls for it and understand why the leads feel and act as they do, but only towards each other, and not always in the context of their interactions with supporting characters. The story calls for enough twists and turns that there is no room to do much developing with the supporting characters and this causes certain situations to happen rather abruptly or seem forced in order to get to the next stage. This could all be easily overlooked if it didn't happen so often (and at critical moments) and continually cause me to lose my suspension of disbelief while viewing an, otherwise, very well made movie.

Problems with plot are highly subjective so I still recommend this and am sure people will find what they were looking for, I ALMOST did. 6.5/10


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