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Blood and Wine [Import]

Jack Nicholson , Michael Caine , Bob Rafelson    R (Restricted)   DVD
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For wine dealer Alex Gates (Jack Nicholson) it hasn't been a vintage year-his business is on the rocks as is his marriage to Suzanne (Judy Davis). His stepson, Jason (Stephen Dorff), hates him, and his mistress, Gabrielle (Jennifer Lopez), is asking for a commitment. In desperation, Alex conspires with his safecracker buddy, Victor (Michael Caine), to steal a million dollar diamond necklace from a wealthy client.


You can feel the gears grinding, trying to turn this attempt at film noir into something sleek and insinuating, instead of the labored near miss it turns out to be. Jack Nicholson is a Florida wine merchant whose business isn't as good as he has his unhappy wife (Judy Davis) believe. He's also consistently at odds with his churlish stepson (Stephen Dorff). Meanwhile, Nicholson is plotting to steal an expensive diamond necklace and dump his wife, aided by his mistress (Jennifer Lopez) and a sleazy safecracker (Michael Caine). It's the kind of thing James M. Cain used to toss off effortlessly, but in director Bob Rafelson's hands the strain shows at every seam as crime and romantic treachery put all of the characters on a violent collision course. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Hell May 10 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Jack's back in Blood and Wine, but I'm not sure the results will have you drunk with joy. The script does call for the great grinner to be a snake in the grass wine dealer who's looking to score some major jewels. Fine. But there's no zing, no pop, no nothing.
Alex Gates (Nicholson) can't make anybody happy anymore. He's cash-poor and his wine business hasn't aged all that well. His had-it-up-to-here wife Suzanne (Judy Davis) ends up doing more whining then her hubby. He's never home, and when he is, he usually goes at it with Suzanne's son Jason (Stephen Dorff).
The point of all this is theft. Alex calls on old friend Victor Spansky (Michael Caine in the best role he's had in years) to help him pull it off. The two aren't exactly Bonnie and Clyde but they do good work before Suzanne gets wise to Alex and his mistress (the hot, hot, hot Jennifer Lopez).
I find it admirable that Nicholson's been taking pay cuts to star in low budget films like this one and Sean Penn's underrated The Crossing Guard, but what happened to the man's taste in scripts.
The silver lining is when Jack goes toe-to-toe with Davis, who matches him scowl for scowl and wields a golf club like a psycho Tiger Woods. Also, Caine's hacking sleazoid is beautiful, but the two old dragons never get enough room to breathe the fire that's in them.
The problem here has to be director Bob Rafelson who, for whatever reason, can't build the suspense. Under the tutelage of Captain Bob, the stakes are never high enough. What we're left with is a second rate thriller with glimmers of brilliance. It's not enough. Remember friends, Blood and Wine don't mix.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Put this on a double feature with BLOOD SIMPLE April 22 2000
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BLOOD AND WINE could be the warm-up for a double feature with a flick from the mid-1980s, BLOOD SIMPLE. Both revolve around ensemble casts where no relationship may be worthy of, much less built on, trust.
BLOOD SIMPLE's the better film but BLOOD AND WINE is not without its creepy charms. Michael Caine stands out as hot-tempered, TB-suffering safe cracker hellbent on pulling off one last caper with partner Jack Nicholson. Speaking of Nicholson, critic Roger Ebert said it was BLOOD AND WINE, not AS GOOD AS IT GETS, that was the Oscar-worthy performance the great actor did that year.
Some of BLOOD AND WINE's plot devices struck me as a little weak, not that I want to give too much away. But just as you start to un-suspend your disbelief, Caine, Nicholson and Jennifer Lopez electrify the next scene.
And to give the story some credit, BLOOD AND WINE has Lopez's character taking a boat ride with a young man with whom she has a mutual attraction. Yet nothing happens while they have each other alone at sea. Again, without giving away too much, later on they are alone in a bedroom for the first time, with further results at least one of them would not expect!
See BLOOD AND WINE, and if you have never seen BLOOD SIMPLE, get both. Trust me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful characters in this film noir April 4 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
I'm not a diehard fan of film noir movies, but this one appeals to me, largely because of the multi-dimensional characters, written with more insight and compassion than usually found in this genre. Even the most villainous character has an understandable reason for all-consuming greed; the rest exude depths of decency and honor when you least expect it. That makes it all worth watching; these are people worth watching and even rooting for. The main cast is uniformly magnificent... what a treat to see Caine and Nicholson play off each other so expertly, and Judy Davis is intelligent and stellar as always. Stephen Dorff continues to impress me with his "diamond-in-the-rough" surliness and Jennifer Lopez does better work here than I've seen before, adding extra likeableness to a plot that, on the surface, threatens to be more hard-boiled than it actually turns out to be. Although there are plenty of violent scenes, there's also just the right amount of vulnerability mixed in with the toughness, enough self-awareness and kindness mixed in with the hatred and selfishness. Great movie, great surprise!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tense and Exhilarating July 5 2000
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This is a beautifully filmed picture with a rich plethora of twists and turns to keep you guessing. It repeatedly questions your own morality through the use of several flawed protagonist who also double as the films antiheroes. Bob Rafelson paints breathtakingly colorful imagery on the screen and changes the mood of the scene through the use of color to great affect. Michael Caine, Jack Nicholson and Stephen Dorff give stellar performaces. But perhaps the most amazing thing about this movie is the dark subtext that lies beneath each spoken line. There are times when you can feel your heart sink from the bitterness of the unspoken words. Outstanding. Five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting performances Oct. 21 1999
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Excellent performances by the entire cast make this film well above average. Honestly, I don't know why this film didn't succeed at the box office. It has everything! Great acting by Nicholson, Caine, Dorff & Davis. Treachery, double crossing, action... you name it, it's there. Judy Davis' car accident was done very realistically. Stephen Dorff holds his own against the 2 legends Nicholson & Caine. Where did the film go wrong? I mean, why wasn't it a hit? Can't figure it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Excellent Film
I can see why this movie did not do well. It is very dark and certainly too dark for the average moviegoer at the time; however, if you like a good script and excellent... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Crispin Haskins
4.0 out of 5 stars another selection from Leonard Maitlin's 151 Best Movies You Have...
If you like Jack Nicholson, you will love this movie, that in some ways reminds me of a stage play.
Published on Dec 18 2010 by Margaret Whiting
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood, wine, and a really great story
Blood and Wine follows a very disfunctional family, played by Jack Nicholson, the wonderful Judy Davis, and Stephen Dorff. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2002 by Ashlie Crooks
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Stephen Dorff movie yet!
Yes this was a saspenceful movie,Yes this movie had a good plot,but what or who made this movie as good as it was well of course old deacon frost himself Seephen Dorff. Read more
Published on March 23 2001 by Amy
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting entertainment!
Hey, granted, this is ain't for delicate sensibilities, but it sure is dynamite entertainment. It doesn't come much better. Read more
Published on July 18 2000 by inframan
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Daily, he is awesome
Dan Daily as the wine steward really brings this film above the rest. His few but very signifigant lines bring life and passion to this film. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 1999 by Sean Daily
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller, with depth...
After the usual plethora of Hollywood murder mysterys in the 80s, this suprises with a number of twists that leave even the most jaded viewer suprised with the result. Read more
Published on April 30 1999
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