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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

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


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]

Country:

France

Language:

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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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,903,033
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lydia comments in a scene that Link is like a cyborg because of his past injuries. Mel Gibson reportedly turned down the title role and also the role of Kyle Reese in The Terminator. James Cameron, the director of The Terminator, stated Mad Max 2 to be a huge influence on the Terminator (probably because it makes a bold statement about the world, alongside films like Blade Runner, Demolition Man, Escape From New York etc.). See more »

Goofs

When Lydia runs out of the cinema, there is a lady and her two children on the other side of the glass door trying to get in. When the reverse angle is shown as she runs out, there is no sign of the lady or of the two children. See more »

Quotes

Kirby: You know the difference between fitting and proper?
Link: Well, I'm not a trailer park poet like you, Kirby. You're gonna have to tell me.
Kirby: Well, it goes like this. I could shove my thumb up your ass right now and it would probably fit...
Link: Mmm-hmm.
Kirby: ...but it wouldn't be proper!
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References What Women Want (2000) See more »

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Evening News
Written and Performed by Armen Hambar
Published by RFT Music Publishing Corp, ASCAP
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The good old Mel !
30 September 2016 | by timbercrew-223-320228See all my reviews

I expected it to be a Mel Gibson driven movie with a simple story.

I also knew the director Richet is known for the qualities of his Mesrine Biopic, but still didn't await the same genre.

Blood Father is not a very serious movie trying to reflect reality to the bone, but an old school action movie with a fresh tight rhythm. Funny dialogues/moments and good performances from quite every actor. No waste of time here (maybe a bit too fast, especially the ending)

I loved it because it was entertaining from start to finish. Some would say it's an overly simplistic rehash of a story we've seen a hundred times. They wouldn't be far from the truth, but the film still is engaging if you let go of your High Concept expectations.

It respects its viewer in a way that makes me feel bad for liking these soulless blockbusters we're being fed these days.

The funny thing is that the movie deliberately reflects Mel's filmography and personal story in different ways without pushing it too far.

I went to see Mel Gibson again, and boy I did!

I need more Mel, g*ddammit!


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