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Blood Work (2002)

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Still recovering from a heart transplant, a retired FBI profiler returns to service when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.

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Clint Eastwood

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Michael Connelly (novel), Brian Helgeland (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Terry McCaleb
Jeff Daniels ... Jasper 'Buddy' Noone
Anjelica Huston ... Dr. Bonnie Fox
Wanda De Jesus ... Graciella Rivers (as Wanda De Jesús)
Tina Lifford ... Detective Jaye Winston
Paul Rodriguez ... Detective Ronaldo Arrango
Dylan Walsh ... Detective John Waller
Mason Lucero ... Raymond Torres
Gerry Becker ... Mr. Toliver
Rick Hoffman ... James Lockridge
Alix Koromzay ... Mrs. Cordell
Igor Jijikine ... Mikhail Bolotov
Dina Eastwood ... Reporter #1
Beverly Leech ... Reporter #2
June Kyoto Lu ... Mrs. Kang (as June Kyoko Lu)
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Storyline

Retired FBI profiler Terry McCaleb (Eastwood), who has recently had a heart transplant, is hired by Graciela Rivers (De Jesus), to investigate the death of her sister, Gloria, who happens to have given McCaleb his heart. On the case, he soon deduces that the killer, who staged the murder to look like a random robbery, may actually be a serial killer Terry was trailing for years in the FBI. Can the elderly and feeble McCaleb, who had intended to spend his retirement living on his boat in the Los Angeles harbor, and who can't drive, and has to nap regularly, muster up the endurance to find the killer? Written by Amir Al-Kourainy <kalkour1@san.rr.com>

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He's a heartbeat away from catching the killer See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deuda de sangre See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,312,413, 11 August 2002

Gross USA:

$26,235,081

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,794,718
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Graciella and McCaleb are walking and talking on the dock when she and Raymond come for dinner, the ship behind them is The Queen Mary, a luxury liner. See more »

Goofs

When Graciela removes a dish from the oven, she uses oven mitts, presumably because it's hot. It's clearly Tupperware, however, containing celery sticks and carrots. McCaleb even briefly rests his knuckles on the lid a few minutes later. See more »

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[first lines]
Detective Arango: [referring to McCaleb at crime scene] Okay, listen. Whatever happens, it'll his face on the front page.
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Referenced in Blood Work: A Conversation in Spanish (2002) See more »

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Blood Runs Dry by the Latter Acts.
27 April 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Clint Eastwood's direction sadly loses its way late in this otherwise suspenseful drama from the co-writer of "L.A. Confidential" (Brian Helgeland). Eastwood is a famous detective, but a massive heart attack just as he is about to catch a crazed serial killer forces him to an early retirement. Fast-forward a bit and Eastwood has received a new heart from a woman who has recently passed away. Slowly, but surely Eastwood's body is accepting the new organ and it appears that a healthy recovery is imminent. Things change though as a Hispanic woman (Wanda De Jesus) pays Eastwood a visit one day and explains that his new heart come from her younger sister, a woman who was killed in a convenient store. Quickly it becomes crystal clear that the killer in the store is in fact the same man who eluded Eastwood earlier. Now Eastwood is back one last time with a score to settle. Through Eastwood's journey he has to indulge a pesky neighbor (Jeff Daniels) who wants to assist in the case, dodge cops Paul Rodriguez and Dylan Walsh and convince doctor Anjelica Huston that he owes De Jesus his time and help. "Blood Work" does do well for the majority of its running time, but the punchline comes way too fast and the finale is unsatisfying to say the least. Eastwood is pretty good as usual and Daniels is excellent in a comical supporting turn. Everyone else though ends up struggling to keep their intensity up as the production progresses. The "Hardy Boys" routine and the unnecessary blossoming romance between Eastwood and De Jesus make "Blood Work" play more like a television movie of the week than a theatrical release. With all this said, "Blood Work" does do enough good things to keep the audience watching and intrigued---most of the time anyway. 4 stars out of 5.


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