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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

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Wahlberg was originally cast in the lead role, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

Goofs

The armored truck robbery takes place around New Year's, but a poster from "Chinatown" is on the side of the bank. That picture opened in June, so there's no way it would still be displayed nearly seven months later. See more »

Quotes

Frank: [Frank & Valenti are on a stakeout. Valenti slurps the last of his drink and tosses the cup into the back seat] You do understand that this is my car, not yours, right?
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Connections

References The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »

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Heroin
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground and Nico
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Very middle of the road and ultimately quite dull wannabe crime epic
18 April 2014 | by lornloxorSee all my reviews

The cast of Blood Ties is impressive enough. Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, James Caan, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and Marion Cotillard is an impressive collection of talent but I'm not sure if any of them is terribly convincing in their roles. Crudup and Owen didn't really have the kind of chemistry on the screen you'd expect from brothers. There's really no bad acting here but nothing great or memorable either, just average. It was kind of funny seeing Jamie Hector (Marlo from the Wire) as a cop, a bit of a miscast because it was too distracting.

The plot didn't provide any surprises and it was very generic. The central idea is as old as it gets: Two brothers, one a criminal and the other a cop. We've seen this before, haven't we? I was just about interested for the first hour but I became increasingly bored when it hit me how dry and tedious the whole thing started to look. There's nothing new, edgy or clever about this script really and it lacks energy and flow. The running time was a bit too long for this kind of film and the pacing suffers as a result. It wants to be an epic crime drama but ultimately fails at this.

Cinematography felt "normal", whatever that means. I guess it achieved that 70's grainy feel successfully. The few action scenes were quite well done and they had some zest. Too bad you I really didn't care about the characters because the whole thing just felt so bland overall. I think the film makers didn't want to take any risks with the movie because everything was just so average down the line.


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