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Blood Ties (2013)

  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 1,204 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 18 July 2013 (Serbia)
  • Runtime: 127 min | France:144 min (Cannes Film Festival)
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Blood Ties (2013)


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  • IMDb page: Blood Ties (2013)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 1,204 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 18 July 2013 (Serbia)
  • Runtime: 127 min | France:144 min (Cannes Film Festival)
  • Filming Location: New York City, New York, USA
  • Budget: $25,500,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $26,912 (USA) (21 March 2014)
  • Director: Guillaume Canet
  • Stars: Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup | See full cast and crew »
  • Sound Mix: Dolby
  • Plot Keyword: 1970s | Flashback | Family Relationships | Based On Story | Police

Writing Credits By:

  • Guillaume Canet (screenplay) &
  • James Gray (screenplay)
  • Jacques Maillot (film "Les liens du sang") and
  • Pierre Chosson (film "Les liens du sang") and
  • Eric Veniard (film "Les liens du sang")
  • Bruno Papet (novel "Deux freres, un flic, un truand") and
  • Michel Papet (novel "Deux freres, un flic, un truand")

Known Trivia

  • Matthias Schoenaerts was cast after starring opposite Marion Cotillard (director Guillaume Canet’s wife) in Rust and Bone (2012). Canet told that he chose Schoenaerts after hearing Cotillard praising his acting several times. Matthias and Guillaume had meeting briefly on the “Rust and Bone” set, when Canet came to visit his wife. 8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Guillaume Canet’s English-language directorial debut. 3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Mark Wahlberg was originally cast in the lead role but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. 5 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • James Gray helped Guillaume Canet to translate the dialogue from french to fluent New Yorkese. 2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • English-language adaptation of Jacques Maillot’s french thriller Les liens du sang (2008) that was starred by Guillaume Canet, the director of Blood Ties. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: Two brothers, on either side of the law, face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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 byPolly_Kat

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Xavier Amblard known as line producer
  • Alain Attal known as producer
  • Guillaume Canet known as producer
  • Maria Cestone known as executive producer
  • Molly Conners known as executive producer
  • James Gray known as executive producer
  • Sarah E. Johnson known as executive producer
  • John Lesher known as producer
  • Vincent Maraval known as executive producer
  • Hoyt David Morgan known as executive producer
  • Kerry Orent known as executive producer
  • Hugo Sélignac known as producer
  • Christopher Woodrow known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Clive Owen known as Chris
  • Billy Crudup known as Frank
  • Marion Cotillard known as Monica
  • Mila Kunis known as Natalie
  • Zoe Saldana known as Vanessa
  • Matthias Schoenaerts known as Scarfo
  • James Caan known as Leon
  • Noah Emmerich known as Lieutenant Connellan
  • Lili Taylor known as Marie
  • Domenick Lombardozzi known as Mike
  • John Ventimiglia known as Valenti
  • Griffin Dunne known as McNally
  • Jamie Hector known as Nick
  • Yul Vazquez known as Fabio De Soto
  • Eve Hewson known as Yvonne
  • Anais Lee known as Janie
  • Mirabelle Lee known as Janie
  • Richard Petrocelli known as Romero
  • Mark Mahoney known as Louis
  • Vincent Lamberti known as Johnny
  • Olek Krupa known as Tommy
  • Joseph Patrick O'Malley known as Policeman Station (as Joseph O'Malley)
  • Laurence Lowry known as Cell Guard
  • Jon Goracy known as Mechanic / Witness
  • Joseph Mesiano known as Partenza
  • Philipp C. Wolter known as Vincent (as Philipp Christopher)
  • Brendan Burke known as Marco
  • Charlie Tahan known as Michael
  • Daisy Tahan known as Robin
  • Angelica Boccella known as The Girl
  • Chris Fischer known as Police Officer Norm
  • Tom Greer known as Policeman 50's
  • Audrey Amey known as Policewoman
  • Mike Sheehan known as Manager
  • John Joseph Gallagher known as Head Internal Affairs
  • Austin Williams known as Young Chris
  • Ron Crawford known as Old Man
  • Mike Houston known as Policeman #2
  • Eli Tokash known as Young Frank
  • Julian Gamble known as Jack Wheeler
  • Dominik Tiefenthaler known as Ruby Bartender
  • T.J. Kenneally known as Ryan Smith
  • Anthony Alessandro known as Fake Cop
  • Heather Litteer known as Bored Hooker #1
  • Matthew Sproul known as SWAT Cop #1
  • Craig Castaldo known as Park Goer
  • Maytal Angel known as Prostitute (uncredited)
  • Daniel Bainbridge known as In a rushTrain Rider (uncredited)
  • Tommy Bayiokos known as Sing Sing Prison Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Kevin Cannon known as Junkie Vagrant (uncredited)
  • Ismael Peter Casillas III known as Basketball kid with Mom (uncredited)
  • Courtney Cooper known as Escort (uncredited)
  • Richard R. Corapi known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Mario Corry known as Wedding guest (uncredited)
  • Alix Cross known as (uncredited)
  • John Damroth known as Subway Conductor (uncredited)
  • Joseph A. DiPietro known as Subway Passenger (uncredited)
  • Daniella Escobio known as Grand Central Passenger (uncredited)
  • Edgar Felix known as Detective (uncredited)
  • Chris Haemmerle known as Club Dancer (uncredited)
  • Leeann Hellijas known as Waitress (uncredited)
  • Tammy Jean known as Prostitute (uncredited)
  • Anne Bergstedt Jordanova known as The Ruby hooker (uncredited)
  • Anna Kuchma known as Hooker (uncredited)
  • Robert Leckington known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Stacey Maltin known as Prostitute (uncredited)
  • John Mancini known as NYPD Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Johan Matton known as Junkie (uncredited)
  • Frank L. Messina known as John (uncredited)
  • Melissa Mikel known as Bordello Hooker (uncredited)
  • Bryan A. Miranda known as Grand Central Station Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Olan Montgomery known as Bordello Bodyguard (uncredited)
  • Kennedy Moronta known as Disco Dancer (uncredited)
  • Nicole Neuman known as Ivy (uncredited)
  • Katelyn O'Friel known as Escort (uncredited)
  • Dennis Rees known as Father in the Park (uncredited)
  • Veronika Ann Rees known as Daughter in the Park (uncredited)
  • McKenzie Shea known as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Chris Slone known as Young Leon (uncredited)
  • Rob Stats known as Natalie's Friend (uncredited)
  • Gerard Sullivan known as Policeman (uncredited)
  • Ben Van Bergen known as John #1 (uncredited)
  • Joshua Williams known as Street Guy #1 (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Margot Boccia known as makeup department head
  • Tom Denier Jr. known as special makeup effects artist
  • Sunday Englis known as makeup artist
  • Christine Fennell known as key hair stylist
  • Craig Lindberg known as special makeup effects artist
  • Sanja Milic known as additional makeup artist
  • Dorka Nieradzik known as make-up and hair: Mr. Owen
  • John Quaglia known as hair stylist
  • Roxanne Rizzo known as key makeup artist
  • Jason Joseph Sica known as hair department head
  • Stanley Tines known as hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Diane Andazola known as scenic artist
  • Anthony Baldasare known as shop foreman
  • Julia Barraclough known as scenic artist
  • Bobby Berg known as assistant art director
  • Shannon Robert Bowen known as assistant property master
  • Tessa Brophy known as art department coordinator
  • Leni Calas known as assistant picture car coordinator
  • Katie Clinebelle known as picture car coordinator
  • Dominick Cocuzzo known as construction grip
  • David Cooney known as storyboard artist
  • Benji Cox known as art department coordinator
  • Michael Curry Jr. known as construction foreman
  • Pete Didomenico known as helper: set dressing truck
  • James Donahue known as scenic foreman
  • Liza Donatelli known as props
  • Mary Fellows known as shopper
  • Kendall Fleisher known as art department production assistant
  • Isaac Gabaeff known as props
  • David Scott Gagnon known as leadman
  • Scott Getzinger known as property master
  • Jay Hendrickx known as camera scenic
  • Kevin Herlihy known as carpenter
  • Michael Herlihy known as construction coordinator
  • Jonathan Huggins known as set dresser
  • Teddy Janicki known as scenic shop person
  • Janet Kalas known as charge scenic
  • Mat Kowalski known as additional on-set dresser
  • Joanna Leavens known as props
  • Lou Lotto known as construction production assistant
  • Ráchel Lowery known as art department production assistant
  • Scott Matthew MacDonald known as set dresser foreman
  • Greg Mazzola known as construction grip
  • Mike Melchiove known as carpenter
  • Fred Momole known as helper: electric truck
  • John Pollard known as assistant art director
  • Malcolm Reid known as key carpenter
  • Jeffrey Rollins known as on-set dresser
  • Ann Marie Ryan known as scenic artist
  • Theo Sena known as picture car coordinator
  • Max Sherwood known as property master
  • James Tlockowski known as carpenter
  • Bryan Tonkin known as key construction grip
  • Daniel Tonkin known as best boy construction grip
  • Davin Vazquez known as construction production assistant
  • Josh Vogel known as assistant picture car coordinator
  • Ralph Volpe Jr. known as helper: set dressing truck
  • William Wiggins known as additional on-set dresser
  • Joan Winters known as graphic designer
  • Joshua Lee Yancey known as picture car coordinator




Production Companies:

  • Les Productions du Trésor
  • Worldview Entertainment
  • Caneo Films
  • Mars Distribution (co-production) (as Mars Films)
  • Wild Bunch (co-production)
  • Grisbi Productions, Le (co-production)
  • France 3 Cinéma (co-production)
  • Chi-Fou-Mi Productions (co-production)
  • LGM Productions (co-production) (as LGM Cinéma)
  • Treasure Company (co-production)
  • Canal+ (participation)
  • Ciné+ (participation)
  • France Télévisions (participation)
  • M6 (participation)
  • France 4 (participation)
  • W9 (participation)

Other Companies:

  • DDA Public Relations (DDA)  public relations: Worldview Entertainment
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • Mediacom 24-7  travel and accommodation
  • Mod Media Professional Talent Representation  talent agency


  • California Filmes (2014) (Brazil) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2014) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Lumière (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Mars Distribution (2013) (France) (theatrical)
  • Roadside Attractions (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Zon Audiovisuais (2014) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2014) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East, North Africa and Iran)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2014) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Lionsgate (2014) (USA) (all media)
  • MC Distribution (2014) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Madman Entertainment (2014) (Australia) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Bangladesh) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Bhutan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (India) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Nepal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Pakistan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Sri Lanka) (all media)
  • Teleview International (2014) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Alain Carsoux known as visual effects supervisor
  • Florian Chauvet known as visual effects coordinator
  • Christophe Dehaene known as digital compositor
  • Bessaguet Eléonore known as digital compositor
  • Adrien Garcia known as digital compositor
  • Pacini Kevin known as visual effects editor
  • Aurelie Lajoux known as senior compositor
  • Mathieu Legros known as digital compositor
  • Arnaud Ortmann known as digital compositor
  • Benjamin Pelletreau known as digital compositor
  • Vincent Perzo known as digital compositor
  • Joel Pinto known as digital compositor
  • Pierre Procoudine-Gorsky known as digital compositor
  • Amélie Rey known as digital compositor
  • Valerie Taylor known as digital artist
  • Georges Tornero known as visual effects supervisor
  • Franklin Toussaint known as senior compositor
  • Charles Zoller known as digital compositor

MPAA: Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexual content and brief drug use



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. dme3-624-956960 from Belgium
    26 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    I just returned from a screening of this film, and I feel the need tosay that it was a really pleasing experience.

    At first I had some doubts about it since the first reviews I'd readabout the film were not too promising. It was supposed to be decent yettoo long, and not really compelling. I'm very glad to say that Iignored these and went with my gut feeling to go see it anyway.Thoroughly well executed as well in music score as visualcinematography, the real standout in this one is the fact that itreally gets you to understand both sides of the brother's stories. Itis really hard to tell who's wrong and who's right by the time you getto the end of the screening. An obvious call as it may seem at firstbut when the chips fall as they do one might have to reconsider theiropinion. The excellence of this movie is the way in which it manages toblend ethical questions, family ties, and personal beliefs in a waythat makes perfect sense without wanting to be overly self-aware orcondemning. It is and remains a tale of two brother's with divergingpaths and beliefs in their respective lives and how they interact witheach other and their shared environment. Praise to Clive Owen forportraying his character the way he does, he really fits the part andgives a more real and deeper dimension to the role. Every other actorand actress' portrayal is also quite spot on, and even the 'bad guys'in it feel relatable. It has a long runtime but to me it never felt assuch, it doesn't bore and in my opinion its runtime seems necessary tolet you see every aspect of the story. A solid character study of twobrother's that want to like each other and do so in their own way butstruggle with their different views on life and the fine line betweenright and wrong.

    Maybe "Blood Ties" isn't the best film that has been released this yearbut it's solid both in story as in execution. It certainly deservesbetter than 'moderate' reviews.

  2. GUENOT PHILIPPE ( from France
    26 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    I can say right now that I prefer this film to the original, the frenchfilm made in 2008: LES LIENS DU SANG, starring Guillaume Canet, thefilm maker of this very one.

    Yes a powerful crime drama movie, with outstanding characterization andstory telling. The scheme itself has already been shown before, in mayother features, but here the screen play emphasizes on the relationsbetween characters. There is no real villain here; even the MathiasSchoenheart's one, who plays here the ex con whose the cop has "stolen"the wife from. If you analyse the scheme, it appears that this "badcharacter at first sight" may on the contrary bring the audience tofeel empathy towards him.

    The sub characters are also efficiently shown, in a poignant way, andthere are may of them.

    Guillaume Canet is a really good director, even away from France.

  3. everthefool from United States
    26 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    This cast is great and it's my favorite type of film: crime, brotherson either side of the law, and a bit of romance on the side. However,this movie proves why Scorcese is Scorcese. He does the exact same kindof story lines and with the same top notch actors but he makes his longmovies go by so quickly. This movie just drags on and on and you knowwhat's going to happen before any of the scenes there's no surprisesand I care nothing for any of the characters. The acting is fine, theactors did an okay job, but it's just boring. Hood gets out of town,falls for girl who wants him to do well. He tries, he fails, he turnback to crime. There's a past relationship and of course it teases him.There's a dying father, a cop brother who wants him to do good. He justcan't handle life on the outside. There's nothing wrong with the storybut the dialogue is cheesy and the movie just doesn't flow. It's liketime slows down and I'm watching this frame by boring frame. Don'twaste your time on this one and rewatch Goodfellas if you're hankeringfor a gangster film.

  4. dickhappee
    26 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    It's truly a shame that a piece of cinematic filth like "AmericanHustle" is recognized as a legitimate 70s throwback gangster film. It'seven more despicable that it wins/nominated for awards. I can'temphasize just how poor of a film that is. Blood Ties is everythingthat American Hustle is supposed to be. Amazing acting, amazingcharacter depth, Clive Owen is amazing as usual. The 70s cars, music,everything is perfect. This movie is 1000 times better than watchingBale mumble and stumble around in his fat cheesy wardrobe for 2 hours.The other guy from Sliver linings movie and Hangover, is such a poorpoor actor it's laughable. Any way, this is about Blood Ties. It excelsas a gangster/cop movie. It's authentic. It's a shame that this moviewill win no awards and will linger with a 6ish rating on here when itis 1000 times better than American Hustle….God that movie ishorrible.

    I personally hope that this movie was made specifically to show howawful American Hustle is. The Director must have.

  5. reelscreenreviews from United States
    26 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    ********This Review May Contain Spoilers******** This crime drama andperiod piece will open soon enough I'm sure and it stars one of myall-time favorite actors in Clive Owen, and joining him on screen areBilly Crudup, Mila Kunis, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Lili Taylor,and James Caan. "Blood Ties" comes to us from director Guillaume Canet,and he is the previous director of "Little White Lies" & the brilliant"Tell No One" from 2006. I just love the film "Tell No One" and it wasvery cool meeting the director, and sitting in on his Q & A followingthe screening.

    This tale tells the story of family and specifically of two brothers inBrooklyn, and how these two people of the same blood line couldn't bemore different if they were from separate planets. The younger brotherFrank has grown up to become one of New York City's Finest, and hisolder brother Chris lives and breathes on the opposite side of the lawand has become a career criminal. They both have love interests andchildren that add to the family drama, but it is the family oforganized crime that it the strongest bond between these two brothers.

    Well people I will begin with this ensemble cast and to one solid actorin Clive Owen. This man commands the big screen with just a look, andhis rugged sex appeal makes him connect even more with the audience.Now what is shocking in his portrayal of Chris is hiscold-freakin-bloodedness, and as the film progresses he never redeemshimself or falters from this life of crime. Bill Crudup's turn as Frankis a very nice complement to Owen's Chris, and his sensitive,righteous, and vulnerable portrayal gives "Blood Ties" the moralcompass that it needs. Now even though Frank is the better of the twobrothers he himself is not without faults, and let's just say that heis less than admirable when it comes to acquiring his own loveinterest.

    Now unfortunately because of time constraints and also because of thesize of the cast I can only briefly cover the rest of the on screenplayers. Both Zoe Saldana & Mila Kunis are more than simple loveinterests and both at least bring to life real characters, and eventhough James Caan really isn't in the movie all that much he is veryeffective when he is on the big screen. Marion Cotillard once againtackles a role that she has never tackled before and comes off aboveaverage as she usually does, and even bit players like "The Soprano's"John Ventimiglia & "The Wire's" Domenick Lombardozzi manage to bringsubstance to this feature.

    This takes me to director Guillaume Canet and you could see and feelhis passion for the look & tone of the 1970's. Everything in "BloodTies" from the soundtrack, to the costumes, the props, and especiallyto the cars were spot-on perfect, and added all up these elements madeup almost a character all its own. Canet also worked brilliantly withhis frequent director of photography Christophe Offenstien, andtogether they put on display a beautiful New York City decades longsince passed. The DOP also captures correctly the interior shots andagain brings authenticity to these smaller moments as well.

    Then the entire family theme of "Blood Ties" worked well for me. Nowthe moments of sincerity are few and far between, but they are veryeffective when used. I also very much enjoyed the scenes in the filmwhere the entire family was together at dinner or for a familyfunction, and those were the film's best moments because the acting isso darn good that the scenes just feel genuine and realistic.

    Now as much as I did enjoy "Blood Ties" there are more than a few'Nick-Picking' issues to go over. The first and biggest issue with thisfilm is that it is almost 2 ½ hours in length. For as much as I cancomplement the directing and visual style of the filmmaker, as thescreenwriter he should've just gotten to the point a whole lot sooner.Some spots in this movie reminded me of a Tarantino or Apatow scriptwhere the scenes just go on & on, and I believe that these guys lovetheir own writing more than anyone else. Extra sub-plots that aredecidedly unnecessary could've easily been eliminated, and by doing sowould've lead to a much tighter feature. The movie also followed sometypical stereotypes and this was one of the few spots where the projectfelt completely unoriginal. There was also much homage paid toScorsese, Friedkin, & Coppola…maybe a little too much than needed.Finally, why can't people ever just get away with it? Why doessomething always come up that has to ruin it? I don't know, I guessthat you wouldn't have a movie otherwise?

    At just shy of 2 ½ hours"Blood Ties" was an above average film, but thelength is its biggest flaw. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole "Angels withDirty Faces" theme surrounded by "Mean Streets" & "The FrenchConnection", and with the ensemble put together in this film how couldyou really fail? This was a project that to me was very much an exampleof many coming together for the benefit of the project or film, and Ithink that you could tell that all involved actually cared about themovie. This tale builds to a very satisfying conclusion, and I enjoyedmost of this one almost start to finish. Nick's Reel Screen Review is asolid recommendation of 3 stars out of 4, and that's for the flawed butentertaining crime drama "Blood Ties".

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