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.
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 morePublished 19 months ago by Crispin Haskins
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
Blood and Wine follows a very disfunctional family, played by Jack Nicholson, the wonderful Judy Davis, and Stephen Dorff. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2002 by Ashlie Crooks
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 morePublished on March 23 2001 by Amy
Hey, granted, this is ain't for delicate sensibilities, but it sure is dynamite entertainment. It doesn't come much better. Read morePublished on July 18 2000 by inframan
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 morePublished on Nov. 29 1999 by Sean Daily