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Blood and Wine (1996)

A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes.

Director:

Bob Rafelson

Writers:

Nick Villiers (story), Bob Rafelson (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Alex
Stephen Dorff ... Jason
Jennifer Lopez ... Gabriela
Judy Davis ... Suzanne
Michael Caine ... Victor
Harold Perrineau ... Henry
Robyn Peterson ... Dina
Mike Starr ... Mike
John Seitz John Seitz ... Frank
Marc Macaulay ... Guard
Dan Daily ... Todd
Marta Velasco Marta Velasco ... Gabriela's Cousin
Thom Christopher ... Jeweller #1
Mario Ernesto Sánchez ... Artie (Fishing Ace)
John Hackett John Hackett ... Gas Station Attendant
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Storyline

Writer and Director Bob Rafelson has stated that this is the final part of an informal trilogy he started with Five Easy Pieces (1970) and continued with The King of Marvin Gardens (1972). In the three, Nicholson has now played son, brother, and father. In this one, Nicholson is a wealthy wine dealer who has distanced himself from his wife with his philandering, and from his son with his negligence. After he steals a diamond necklace with the help of a safecracker partner, Victor, things start coming apart. His wife sets out to interrupt what she thinks is another one of his weekend dalliances, but is really his trip to pawn the jewels. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Taglines:

There is no honour amongst thieves.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood & Wine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$420,993, 23 February 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,075,288, 30 March 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, and James Caan were considered for the role of Alex Gates. See more »

Goofs

Grip visible when Jennifer is talking on a pay phone on the street corner. See more »

Quotes

Alex Gates: What is that, some sort of Latin concept, kill the one you love?
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Connections

Referenced in Deformed Monsters (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Two More Bottles of Wine
(1975)
Written and Performed by Delbert McClinton
Courtesy of MCA Records
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets & Products
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Above average tale of deception and greed.
3 January 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

The team of Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson made two of the strongest movies of the 1970s, 'Five Easy Pieces' and 'The King Of Marvin Gardens'. It would be unrealistic to hope that 'Blood And Wine' would be as memorable as those two, and of course it isn't. But it is an excellent piece of modern film noir, one of the most underrated Hollywood movies of recent years, and the best thing Rafelson has made since the early 1980s. Nicholson is perfectly cast as a dissatisfied and greedy wine merchant who hatches a plot to steal a client's valuable necklace. He is assisted by a slimy British crook (a superb turn from Michael Caine in his best acting role in years) and his sexy young girlfriend (Jennifer Lopez, who is surprisingly good). Things get very complicated very quickly when their plan goes belly up, and Nicholson's estranged wife (Judy Davis) and his stepson (Steven Dorff) get into the picture. This is a well acted, interesting and unpredictable thriller with some real depth among the plot twists. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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