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Thicker than Blood

  • Drama
  • 1998
  • Richard Pearce
  • 92 mins
  • 12

Summary

Social drama starring Mickey Rourke and Dan Futterman. A caring and sensitive well-heeled man who takes a job as a teacher in a tough New York mission school is shocked by the poverty, violence and hopelessness that he discovers there.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Based on the Bill Cain play Stand-Up Tragedy, this TV film features Hollywood bad boy Mickey Rourke in an uncharacteristic turn as a priest and mentor to a former student (Dan Futterman), who returns to teach at Rourke's inner-city mission school. The two come into conflict over Futterman's devotion to one particularly promising student. It's a story with built-in heart tugs and emotional appeal, strengthened by the good cast and steady direction by Richard Pearce (The Long Walk Home). There is not a lot of action, and its roots as a play too often show, but, in spite of being predictable, it is surprisingly palatable.

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Credits

Cast

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Father Frank LarkinMickey Rourke
Griffin ByrneDan Futterman
Lee CortezCarlo Alban
Camilla LopezLauren Velez
Burke KendallJosh Mostel
Mitch JamesPeter Maloney

Crew

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DirectorRichard Pearce

Details

Released on
2004-11-06
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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