Blood and Wine (1997)



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Wine merchant Alex Gates seems to have it all: a fancy shop, a beautiful wife, Suzanne, a sexy Latin mistress, Gabriella, and a hot car. He enjoys the best vintages of the goods he sells. In truth, Alex Gates' finances are stretched to the limit, his marriage is in a shambles and his relationship with his stepson Jason is toxic. Alex's business caters to a wealthy clientele, whose riches prove all too seductive: particularly a certain $1 million diamond necklace. Alex joins with Victor Spanksy, an emphysemic safe-cracker, in a conspiracy to steal the necklace. Rather than the key to their freedom, the hot necklace proves to be the beginning of the end. While Alex is seduced by the jewels, his stepson is both sucked into the crime and drawn to Gabriella, unaware of her liaisons with his stepfather. As their passion grows, she is increasingly torn by the two of them, and by the temptations of money and love.
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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (10)

An amusingly caustic, straight-up serving of film noir staples spiced with star charisma.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

An engrossing thriller - and one sparkling with intelligence, with the surprising twists grounded in credible human behaviour.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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When Bob Rafelson decides to get nasty, he really means it.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Rafelson is so true to his sour vision of crime, deception and a rottenness at the core of our natures -- he's as cheerful as a Jim Thompson potboiler -- that we never get a chance to like or care about his characters.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Nicholson is good, but the movie isn't.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

The movie's own payoff is compelling enough, but the project has a weightless feel that limits involvement. Better you give it an hour-and-a-half on video someday, surrounded by wine and snacks.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Blood and Wine

With a legendary starring cast (Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine) and a mildly interesting supporting cast (Jennifer Lopez, Stephen Dorff) a beautiful setting (sunny Florida) and a classic tale (thieves who need one more score), this movie has plenty of ingredients to cook up something special. While Nicholson & Caine deliver worthy performances, their characters are chaotic and the overall script leads everyone to places that don't make sense leaving the audience confused and with no one for which to cheer. It's surprising and unfortunate to have so many of the right ingredients being combined in a way that somehow ends up being less than the sum of its parts. 7/19/9

Andrew Craven
Andrew Craven

Not even a reminder about how gorgeous J-Lo was in the nineties can save this film. Nicholson and Caine are wasting their time here collecting a paycheque for making nothing out of a B grade thriller.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Honestly, Bob Rafelson should've just not made this third entry in his trilogy of Jack. While there's unsurprisingly great performances from Jack Nicolson and Michael Caine, the performances from Stephen Dorf and an incredibly ethnic Jennifer Lopez completely destroy the movie. The isn't all that unique, but given better talent it could have been a lot more entertaining and worthwhile. While you can certainly go worse, this just doesn't deliver the way that Five Easy Pieces and The King of Marvin Gardens do. It doesn't have anything particularly important to say about the American dream aside from the greed aspect. In the end it's just a poorly done heist movie.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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