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Blood and Wine starring Jack Nicholson, Jennifer Lopez & Michael Caine (DVD, 1996)
Alex Gates (Jack Nicholson) appears to be a successful wine merchant in Southern Florida. However, his life is falling apart; not only is he deep in debt, but he can't get along with his stepson, Jason (Stephen Dorff), or his alcoholic wife, Suzanne (Judy Davis). Alex needs to do something--and quickly. He decides to steal a valuable necklace with Gabriella (Jennifer Lopez), his mistress, and Victor (Michael Caine), an aging criminal. After the heist, Alex plans to go to New York to fence the necklace. As he packs, Suzanne returns unexpectedly. They struggle--she cold-cocks him and leaves, unknowingly taking the necklace with her....BLOOD AND WINE is a black comedy of errors with a very hard edge. The film is full of angry people--Alex and Suzanne fight, Victor is ailing and has no time for niceties as he and Alex try to regain the necklace, Gabriella is continually anxious because she is an illegal immigrant, and Jason hates Alex. Director Bob Rafelson stirs up the stew as Caine, Lopez, Dorff, and the particularly great Davis give fine support to Nicholson's portrayal of a weary but determined man, mad at himself for letting life's obstacles get in his way.