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Bloodline (1979)

When her father is murdered, a pharmaceutical heiress becomes the next target of an unknown killer amid the international jet set.

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Laird Koenig, Sidney Sheldon (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audrey Hepburn ... Elizabeth Roffe
Ben Gazzara ... Rhys Williams
James Mason ... Sir Alec Nichols
Claudia Mori ... Donatella
Irene Papas ... Simonetta Palazzi
Michelle Phillips ... Vivian Nichols
Maurice Ronet ... Charles Martin
Romy Schneider ... Hélène Roffe-Martin
Omar Sharif ... Ivo Palazzi
Beatrice Straight ... Kate Erling
Gert Fröbe ... Inspector Max Hornung
Wolfgang Preiss ... Julius Prager
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Man in Black
Pinkas Braun ... Dr. Wal
Wulf Kessler Wulf Kessler ... Young Sam Roffe
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Storyline

Sam Roffe, president of a multi-national pharmaceutical corporation, is killed while mountain-climbing. It is first determined to be an accident, but Inspector Max Hormung later deduces that Roffe was murdered. Sam's daughter Elizabeth assumes control of the company, and while traveling through Europe she immediately becomes a target as well. Suspicion falls on the Roffe cousins, all of whom want to go public with the company and sell their stock at a huge profit. Since this would be against her father's wishes, Elizabeth rejects their advice and decides to keep the company within the family. As Inspector Hormung investigates the background of the cousins, more attempts are made on Elizabeth's life. Hoping to reveal the guilty party, Hormung is able to connect these attempts to a series of murders on prostitutes, which are recorded on snuff films. Written by alfiehitchie

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Family secrets run deadly. See more »


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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English | Italian | German | French

Release Date:

29 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline See more »

Filming Locations:

Burghausen, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,218,695

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,218,695
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(cut) (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film was made and released about two years after its source novel of the same name by Sidney Sheldon was first published in 1977. The book was Sheldon's fourth novel whilst this movie was the second of Sheldon's novels to be filmed, the first having been The Other Side of Midnight (1977). See more »

Goofs

When Elizabeth Roffe and Rhys Williams are in the hotel room, she left the bathroom in a nightgown after a night of love, but he is in jacket-and-tie with a overcoat in the arm. See more »

Quotes

Kate Erling: Remember, the cousins are just people.
Elizabeth Roffe: Mmm, it's just people that terrify me. Particularly cousins.
Kate Erling: I'll tell you what you do: You go in there, and you look them square in the eye, and you think of them sitting around the board table in their underwear.
Elizabeth Roffe: Trouble is most of them look absolutely gorgeous.
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Alternate Versions

According to Playboy magazine, some scenes of explicit sex were deleted from the US version of the film. It's not known if edits in other countries included this material. See more »

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Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

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Very disappointing.
27 November 2001 | by Irakli28See all my reviews

Very disappointing.

Nobody expects film based on Sidney Sheldon's book to be come art-house masterpiece but at least it could be made into enjoyable crime movie like Death on Nile. Well it was not. Despite the rather famous director (Young is not Fellini of course but most his previous films were enjoyable eye-feasts; would that be a spy adventure (2 Bond movies), eurowestern (Red Sun) or costume drama (Mayerling)) and all-star cast the film is very weak.

The plot is inconsistent and empty the idea to equip the Agatha Christy-like crime puzzle with subplots from other genres may seem not bad idea but it doesn't work at all

Subplot 1- (WWII -Jewish Tragedy with absolutely aimless trip to Poland) and Subplot 2 (French one - Schneider/Ronet story ) seem to be taken from the absolutely different film as well as the type-cast Shariff's line

Actually this all-star cast is the only reason to watch it, but its is painful to watch so much talent wasted. If Hupbern, Gazarra and Mason are at least is doing something during the boringly unveiling plot, the others are just fitting the empty space. especially annoying to see superb dramatic actresses like Papas and Schneider wasting their talent in this turkey.


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