Terry McCaleb: Clint Eastwood
Graciella Rivers: Wanda De Jesus
Buddy Noone: Jeff Daniels
Dr. Bonnie Fox: Anjelica Huston
Det. Jaye Winston: Tina Lifford
Det. Waller: Dylan Walsh
Det. Arrango: Paul Rodriguez
Raymond: Mason Lucero
Mrs. Cordell: Alix Koromzay
Warner Bros. Pictures presents a film directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Brian Helgeland, based on the novel by Michael Connelly. Running time: 111 minutes. Rated R (for violence and language.)

Central Theme
Blood flows in life, blood is shed at death, blood is donated for those in need and blood is one thing all humans have in common — there is power in the blood.

Terry McCaleb is an FBI detective who solves the big crimes and none of the bad guys ever get away, except one. On his final job on the force a psychopathic criminal is leaving a series of numbers at each murder scene as a message for McCaleb. McCaleb thinks he has found the guy and is giving chase when his heart gives out and he is forced into retirement. Two years later and only 60 days after receiving a heart transplant we find McCaleb living on a boat in aftercare from his heart transplant when a woman offers him a compelling reason to come out of retirement for one more case. Her compelling argument? Her murdered sister’s heart is now beating in his chest.

Against the advice of his physician and with great resistance from the local cops Terry McCaleb enters the case, risking his own health in the process.

What first appears to be a case of random violence turns out to be linked to other ¢â‚¬Ëœrandom’ cases with one thread weaving them all together — McCaleb and his psychopathic murderer.

There are actually multiple storylines in the film; a doctor concerned about her patient who has been given one more chance to live; a grieving sister who finds herself developing a warm relationship with McCaleb; and an investigation which with tantalizing clues that remain unconnected until the end.

The story also weaves together a variety of ¢â‚¬Ëœblood lines.’ ¢â‚¬ËœBloodwork’ is done at a murder scene, bloodwork is done to monitor the progress of a heart transplant patient, blood donors make it possible for others to live and finally, a criminal sheds the blood of others. Interestingly, the very first scene of the movie pans down in the evening darkness from a helicopter to the crime scene aglow with the luminescent cross on a church across the street. As McCaleb enters the house and views the bloody aftermath of the psychopath’s work, McCaleb is framed by the doorway and in the background the cross shines brightly.

Since 911, I’ve been reminded of the haunting recording Gavin Bryars made on the streets of London in which a homeless man sings ¢â‚¬ËœJesus blood never failed me yet, never failed me yet. Jesus blood never failed me yet. There’s one thing I know, for he loves me so¢â‚¬¦Jesus blood never failed me yet.’ I was also reminded of Bruce Springsteen’s post 911 lyrics, ¢â‚¬ËœThe sky was falling and streaked with blood / You gave your love to see in fields of red and autumn brown / You lay your young body down.

Beliefs num
–There is good and evil.
–Blood can be significantly centrally involved in incidents of good and evil.
–Blood is essential to life.
–A functioning heart means you are alive, but not that you have a life.
–When you receive someone’s heart, you have an almost mystical connection to him or her and a sense of obligation that their loss of life means your chance at a new life.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Is blood still a powerful symbol for humans?
–What does blood symbolize in today’s world?
–How do people relate to the idea of Jesus and his shedding of blood on the cross?

Provocative Quotes byline
–You can help me and maybe you can help yourself. Your heart — it was my sister’s.
==Graciella appealing to Terry McCaleb to take the case.
–Your heart, it is a gift and you need to take care of it. This is your one chance Terry.
== Dr. Bonnie Fox to Terry urging him not to take a case.
–An accident is fate. Murder is evil. I have no choice.
==Terry on why he is compelled to get involved.
–You have her heart. Let it guide you.
==Graciella advising Terry on how to proceed.
–Lip reader says it’s 90% the murderer was saying Happy Valentines Day.
== Det. Jaye Winston to Terry about the message the killer ¢â‚¬Ëœmouthed’ to the surveillance camera.
–It was a simple earring, a dangling crucifix.
==Graciella telling Terry what was missing from her sister’s effects.
–I’ll help you one condition — That you let me do your blood work.
==Dr. to Terry.
–I got a new heart but I didn’t necessarily get a new life. Working on this and working with you I feel I’m getting a little of my life back.
==Terry to Graciella.
–903 472 568. All the numbers except there is no one.
==Little boy to Terry looking at the Code Killers sequence of numbers.
–Show me your heart.
==Graciella initiates a romantic interlude with Terry.
–Some people get flowers for their birthday, some people get chocolates. You get a dead body.
==Det. Arrango to Terry at homicide scene on the anniversary and at the exact location of his heart attack.
–903 472 568, Happy Valentines Day McCaleb.
==Message at scene of homicide.
–He misses the match up. I needed a new heart-so Happy Valentines Day.
==Terry explaining the murders motive and connection to him.
–I’m the following seas man; I’m the one you need to watch out for.
== Buddy Noone to Terry.
–I want it all to start again. The battle between good and evil. We’re connected man. Cain and Abel, Kennedy and Oswald. We’re meant to be.
==Noone to Terry.
–Remember how you said we’re friend s and I can tell you the truth. I don’t need you at all.
==Terry to Noone.
–I saved you.
==Noone’s last words.
–I’ve got Gloria Torres heart. I’ll probably let that guide me.
==Terry on his plans for the future.

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