Blood Work (2002)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama


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Still recovering from a heart transplant, retired F.B.I. profiler Terry McCaleb (Clint Eastwood) returns to service when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.


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  • DYLAN WALSH, left, looks on as director and star CLINT EASTWOOD sets up a shot for Malpaso Productions' suspense thriller "Blood Work," distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
  • Clint Eastwood and Jeff Daniels in Blood Work (2002)

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Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Michael Connelly (novel), Brian Helgeland (screenplay)

Awards

2 wins.

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5 July 2008 | Chrysanthepop
The cast make it work but the ending is just so disappointing
Clintwood's 'Blood Work' may not be the best nor most stylish of its genre but it remains enjoyable for the most part mainly because of the cast. It's quite a simple film but I found the end revelation disappointing and the last half hour is a little too dramatic. During the entire first hour, Eastwood cleverly avoids excessive violence and gore and smoothly lets the tension build. Clintwood is supported by a brilliant cast that includes the fabulous Anjelica Huston, the elegant Wanda de Jesus, the charming Tina Lifford and the funny Jeff Daniels. The cast does well but Daniels's performance is ruined by the overdone last half hour. The film rests on Eastwood and it's great to see him play such a role at 71 and pull it off so well. The jazzy background score gives 'Blood Work' a classy touch. Thus, to sum it up, one can expect a simple but engaging whodunnit thriller which is ruined a bit by the ending but Eastwood and his cast prevent it from being a waste of time.

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Trivia

As of 2010, this is the last theatrically released movie that was fully composed by Clint Eastwood's longtime collaborating composer Lennie Niehaus (a relationship which started from Tightrope (1984)). Clint's later movies were composed by Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens (Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Gran Torino (2008), Invictus (2009)), and even Clint himself (Mystic River (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Changeling (2008), and Hereafter (2010)). Since this movie, Niehaus has conducted and orchestrated all but the latest two of Clint's movies, Invictus (2009) and Hereafter (2010) (which were conducted and orchestrated by Roger Kellaway and Ashley Irwin, respectively).


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Detective Arango: Okay, listen. Whatever happens, it'll be his face on the front page.


Goofs

When Dr. Fox is doing her blood work on Terry, an x-ray is used whilst performing the biopsy. Both times, neither she nor anyone around are wearing protective lead garments against radiation exposure, which is a standard practice in any medical establishment. In addition, an endomyocardial biopsy, as it is called, is not preformed in a medical office as shown in the movie. It is performed in a cardiac cath lab, which is effectively, an operating room. All personnel are in scrubs and a sterile field is required. Lead is worn underneath the surgical gowns. From an outside perspective, it may not be readily apparent that the staff in a cath lab are wearing lead IF they are wearing surgical gowns appropriately.

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Genres

Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller

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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