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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

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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:

$2,566,435
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

Subway logo used from 2002 to 2016 Visible in background at the junk yard while Chris is banging his head. 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 III (1990) See more »

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Written by O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley and Rudolph Isley
Performed by The Isley Brothers
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threatens to be good
27 August 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1974 New York. Police detective Frank Pierzynski (Billy Crudup) leads a raid against Anthony Scarfo (Matthias Schoenaerts). They are disappointed by the relatively limited evidence found and Frank reconnects with his ex Vanessa (Zoe Saldana) who is now married to Scarfo. Scarfo awaits his release as his fury grows about Vanessa abandoning him for Frank. Meanwhile, Frank's older criminal brother Chris Pierzynski (Clive Owen) is released after serving twelve years for a revenge killing. His ex-wife Monica (Marion Cotillard) is now a drug-addicted prostitute. He has new girlfriend Natalie (Mila Kunis) and falls back into his criminal ways. He's living with his brother, father Leon (James Caan), and sister Marie (Lili Taylor)

This keeps threatening to be a good period crime thriller. It has the gritty feel and the music. It has a good cast. It has French action director Guillaume Canet. It should be compelling. It never really picks up steam except for one thrilling robbery sequence. While Crudup is solid in this era, Clive Owen is trying very hard to be hard. It's questionable if Owen could ever be that hard. Even in a bar fight where he hits a guy with a bottle, it still ends with a wimpy hold-me-back. I don't believe that he's been in a tough prison for twelve years. There are also a few too many females in the movie. I'm not being sexist. I mean there is at least one unnecessary female connection, not to mention that Lili Taylor has nothing to do other than to yell at the boys. The story narrative is a bit muddled but it figures it out by the time of the shootout. It just doesn't continue it with a compelling brother vs brother narrative. Instead, it gerry-rigs the story to engineer a shocking poetic ending. This movie keeps missing the target whenever it threatens to get good. The parts are all there if not the whole.


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