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Blood and Wine (1997)

Jack Nicholson , Michael Caine , Bob Rafelson  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Lopez, Judy Davis
  • Directors: Bob Rafelson
  • Writers: Bob Rafelson, Alison Cross, Nick Villiers
  • Producers: Bernard Williams, Chris Auty, Hercules Bellville, Jeremy Thomas
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,046 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blood and Wine" on IMDb

Special Features

  • *Commentary with Bob Rafelson
  • *Scene Specific Commentary with Jack Nicholson, Steven Dorf and Michael Caine
  • *Making of Featurette: Genesis & The Characters
  • *The Job of Acting: On Jack Nicholson, On Michael Caine, & On Bob Rafelson
  • *Bob and Jack: A Life-Long Dialogue
  • *Deleted Scenes: Introduction by Director Bob Rafelson, Jason and Alex Drive, Alex Lying on the Floor,
  • Smelling of the Sea, In a Coma, Poker Game, Boat at Anchor, Finding Jason, Phone Call, & Screaming at the Sky
  • *Theatrical Trailer
  • *Black Widow Trailer
  • *Special Feature participants

Editorial Reviews

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.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense and Exhilarating July 5, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful characters in this film noir April 4, 2000
By A Customer
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting performances October 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nasty bit of Neo Noir February 23, 2006
By Cubist
Director Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson had a number of memorable collaborations in the 1970s (Five Easy Pieces and The King of Marvin Gardens) and worked once together during the 1980s (The Postman Always Rings Twice) and again during the 1990s (Man Trouble). Towards the end of `90s, they made a nasty little neo noir called Blood and Wine. Like Robert Towne, Rafelson is a survivor from the `70s still using his reputation from that decade to make modestly budgeted, character-driven movies - the kind that established his career in the first place.

This is Jack Nicholson in one of his less showier roles, as if hooking back up with his old friend brought the character actor back out in him. It's a meaty role that eschews the charismatic movie star roles that he does in films like As Good As It Gets (1997), for much darker material. Alex is driven by greed and it gradually consumes him and Nicholson does a good job of conveying the effect it has over his character.

Michael Caine is also excellent as a really nasty piece of work - an ex-convict lacking the social skills that Alex's calculating, smooth operator has. Victor is a chain-smoker even though he's one coughing fit away from keeling over on the spot. He is driven by his lack of time. He knows that he's dying and Caine does a great job of conveying his increasing desperation. He manages to all but steal the film away from Nicholson.

Caine and Nicholson make a fun team to watch as the former sleazes his way through Blood and Wine with his greasy black hair and dry sense of humour that plays well off of the latter's increasingly desperate schemer. The fun of watching this movie is to anticipate all of the plot twists and turns that revolve around a diamond necklace.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood, wine, and a really great story January 10, 2002
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Blood and Wine follows a very disfunctional family, played by Jack Nicholson, the wonderful Judy Davis, and Stephen Dorff. Also along for the ride are Michael Caine, and even a young Jennifer Lopez, who is actually a good actress.
The story follows Alex (Nicholson), who is a wine seller, but he also has a bit of a larceny problem as well. So as he's selling expensive wine to rich people, he's also stealing their jewels. And he's also cheating on his wife (Davis) with the beautiful nanny (J.Lo). And his stepson (Dorff) absolutely hates him. And his partner in crime (Caine) is an ailing psychotic. And that's just the background to the story.
There are plenty of good twists and turns in this thriller. The direction is great, as is the acting from everyone. If you're looking for a good thriller that you've never heard of, check this one out. You won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller, with depth... April 30, 1999
By A Customer
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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. However the movie is dragged from B-Movie world by an outstanding double act between Jack Nicolas and Micheal Caine...a casting from hell that works so amazingly well. Worth watching just to see the two masters on the same screen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of an average pulp
Neither Jack Nicholson nor Michael Caine are at their bests here. The script is an average heist caper with almost no plot twists or turns. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Brad Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars I did not see the movie
This movie was bought for my wife's sister. We have not seen it so I can't tell you what it is about. it arrived on time and seemed to be in one piece.
Published 12 months ago by Joe Reid Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Wine & Blood or Blood & Wine?
Which came first? This was a favorite Jack Nicholson movie for me because it was filmed in Miami and the Florida keys. Read more
Published 12 months ago by W. E. Elston
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood and Wine
I loved this movie. The plot is very believable...the acting is good....and the story is well told. I loved it!
Published 14 months ago by Matti Kniva Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Character-Driven Heist Drama
I remembered having a positive reaction to viewing the movie years ago, on a cablecast. When I revisited it today, I marveled at how truly great it is. Read more
Published 15 months ago by David A. Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I don't know why this was never shown in movie houses. The story takes surprising turns and I love Michael Caine in his role. Read more
Published 18 months ago by labizz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Nicholson's most underrated pictures, watch his interview on...
I remember watching this movie when it came out in 1997 and was in college at the time. Now, nearly 15 years later it still can hold my attention and see it often on the FMC -fox... Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by Peter J. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Nicholson's best movie!
I read about this movie in The TV Guide one day and thought wow this looks intriguing. So I caught it one night on Cinemax and I was not disappointed one bit. Read more
Published on August 27, 2011 by Julius
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicholson does it again
I saw this movie advertised on TV, and being a Jack Nicholson fan, decided it was worth a watch. I just think he is the most amazing actor. Read more
Published on November 22, 2010 by Jani7za
3.0 out of 5 stars Utter tripe from a good director
I like Rafelson's movies, but his heart was really not in this one. It's a by-the-numbers heist/chase movie, with the occasional stab at some sort of emotional resonance, all of... Read more
Published on July 2, 2010 by S. Gilbert
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