Blood Work

August 9th, 2002


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Still recovering from a heart transplant, a retired FBI profiler returns to service when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 6.3/10 (20,900 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Clint Eastwood

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Daniels, Anjelica Huston

Retired FBI profiler Terry McCaleb (Eastwood), who has recently had a heart transplant, is hired by Graciela Rivers (De Jesus), to investigate the death of her sister, Gloria, who happens to have given McCaleb his heart. On the case, he soon deduces that the killer, who staged the murder to look like a random robbery, may actually be a serial killer Terry was trailing for years in the FBI. Can the elderly and feeble McCaleb, who had intended to spend his retirement living on his boat in the Los Angeles harbor, and who can't drive, and has to nap regularly, muster up the endurance to find the killer?

Writers: Michael Connelly, Brian Helgeland

Clint Eastwood - Terry McCaleb
Jeff Daniels - Jasper 'Buddy' Noone
Anjelica Huston - Dr. Bonnie Fox
Wanda De Jesus - Graciella Rivers (as Wanda De Jesús)
Tina Lifford - Detective Jaye Winston
Paul Rodriguez - Detective Ronaldo Arrango
Dylan Walsh - Detective John Waller
Mason Lucero - Raymond Torres
Gerry Becker - Mr. Toliver
Rick Hoffman - James Lockridge
Alix Koromzay - Mrs. Cordell
Igor Jijikine - Mikhail Bolotov
Dina Eastwood - Reporter #1
Beverly Leech - Reporter #2
June Kyoto Lu - Mrs. Kang (as June Kyoko Lu)

Taglines: He's a heartbeat away from catching the killer


Official Website: Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 9 August 2002

Filming Locations: Acton, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $7,312,413 (USA) (11 August 2002) (2525 Screens)

Gross: $26,199,517 (USA) (13 October 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Exists in the same universe as The Lincoln Lawyer.

Revealing mistakes: When McCaleb is doing a newspaper search on a computer, both search results are labeled as "1 of 1" and the result ID is the same, even though the headline and article summary is different for each result.

[first lines]
Detective Arango: [referring to McCaleb at crime scene] Okay, listen. Whatever happens, it'll his face on the front page.

User Review

All around enjoyable murder mystery and human interest drama

Rating: 7/10

In "Blood Work" Eastwood plays an FBI agent, recovering from a heart transplant, who is asked by the sister of the murdered woman whose heart he received to find her killer. The result is surprisingly even and interesting murder mystery in which we see Eastwood piece together the evidence pointing to the killer while dealing with heart transplant issues and making nice with his pro bono client. The film has fewer plot holes than most murder mysteries; leans more toward human interest than derring-dos; and is another example of Eastwood successfully pushing out the age envelope in a self-directed film product. Recommended for more mature couch potatoes into murder mysteries. (B)