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Blood and Wine is a 1996 neo-noir thriller directed by Bob Rafelson from a screenplay written by Nick Villiers and Alison Cross.

Alex Gates (Jack Nicholson) is a wine merchant living in Miami who has distanced himself from his alcoholic wife Suzanne (Judy Davis) and stepson Jason (Stephen Dorff). Heavily in debt, Alex concocts a plan to steal a valuable diamond necklace from the house of one of his clients, where his Cuban mistress Gabriela (Jennifer Lopez) works, with the help of safe-cracker Victor (Michael Caine). But the plan doesn't go smoothly, not at all helped by Jason becoming attracted to Gabriela, unaware of her relationship with Alex.


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This film contains examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Victor is a violent career criminal, but is generally pleasant and funny unless someone or something gets in his way.
  • Lady Drunk: Suzanne is an alcoholic older woman that has a bit of a bitter, misanthropic personality (through that's less the alcohol and more because of Alex's philandering) that showcases how much of a Big, Screwed-Up Family Alex has.
  • The Mistress: Gabriela is Alex's Cuban mistress.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: After all the troubles he got himself in to get the necklace, Alex, after getting severely injured in a fight with Jason and with an ambulance on the way, has no choice but to dispose of the evidence and throws the necklace into the ocean.

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