Blood Work

Release Date: August 9, 2002

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Not content to simply be an actor, Clint Eastwood has developed a successful career as a director, too. The Man With No Name has directed himself in no fewer than 12 pictures since 1982, including the 1992 Best Picture, Unforgiven, for which he also won the Oscar for Best Director and scored a Best Actor nomination, one of a select few to achieve this feat.

In 2002, a few months after turning 70, he will again headline and helm a film, this time bringing Warner Bros.’ Blood Work to the screen. Brian Helgeland, best known for co-writing the screenplay for L.A. Confidential, adapts Michael Connelly's best-selling novel for the screen.

Eastwood stars as the ruggedly-named Terry McCaleb, a retired FBI agent specializing in serial murder investigation. Having left his career behind, McCaleb spends his days restoring his boat as he recovers from heart transplant surgery. But will McCaleb be able to turn down the appeals of a woman whose sister was killed in an apparently random robbery? Don't bet on it.

Might there be more to the death than thought at first? All signs point to yes.

Might the deceased in question be the very donor of the new heart that beats now in McCaleb's very chest? You bet.

And might the case inexorably be linked to a mystery still lingering from McCaleb's past? I wouldn't rule anything out.

In her first big screen role of note, Wanda de Jesus (the real-life wife of actor Jimmy Smits) co-stars as Graciela Rivers, the sister of the deceased. Other veteran cast notables include Jeff Daniels as McCaleb's friend, Paul Rodriguez, and Angelica Huston, last seen in 2001's The Royal Tenenbaums, as a cardiologist.

In the past decade, Eastwood has proven a solid, if not always spectacular, draw. Space Cowboys (which opened in a similar time frame as Blood Work) and Absolute Power both opened above $15 million. But for every In the Line of Fire, there's an A Perfect World (but hey, that did have Kevin Costner working against it). (Calvin Trager/BOP)

Vital statistics for Blood Work
Main Cast Clint Eastwood, Wanda De Jesus, Jeff Daniels, Anjelica Huston, Tina Lifford
Supporting Cast P.J. Byrne, Alix Koromzay, Beverly Leech, Mason Lucero, Paul Rodriguez
Director Clint Eastwood
Screenwriter Brian Helgeland
Distributor Warner Bros.
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating R
Running Time 110 minutes
Screen Count 2,525
Also see Stephanie Star Smith reviews the trailer
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

Comparison films for Blood Work
Adjusted Opening
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Space Cowboys 8/4/0018.10 20.24 2805 6453.00 6943.9 89.70 100.34 4.96
Absolute Power * 2/14/9716.77 22.03 2568 6530.00 8251.4 50.07 65.77 2.99
In the Line of Fire 7/9/9315.27 22.24 1903 8024.00 11241.4 102.31 149.01 6.70
Unforgiven 8/7/9215.02 21.82 2071 7253.00 10136.7 101.16 146.98 6.74
Bridges of Madison County 6/2/9510.52 14.58 1805 5828.00 7770.7 71.52 99.14 6.80
Perfect World, A 11/26/938.08 11.76 1964 4114.00 5763.6 31.16 45.38 2.77
True Crime 3/19/995.28 6.29 1852 2851.00 3255.1 16.64 19.82 3.15



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