Hot Blood

Overview

If Hot Blood is remembered at all today, it is for its ludicrous advertising blurb "Jane Russell shakes her tambourines and drives Cornel Wilde!" Set in the gypsy community of contemporary Los Angeles, the film stars Wilde as aspiring dancer Stephen Torino, who is tricked by his brother Marco Luther Adler into an arranged marriage with tempestuous Annie Caldash Jane Russell. Annie is willing to give the union a go, but Torino wants none of it. Several risque complications and lively musical numbers later, Torino ...
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Overview

If Hot Blood is remembered at all today, it is for its ludicrous advertising blurb "Jane Russell shakes her tambourines and drives Cornel Wilde!" Set in the gypsy community of contemporary Los Angeles, the film stars Wilde as aspiring dancer Stephen Torino, who is tricked by his brother Marco Luther Adler into an arranged marriage with tempestuous Annie Caldash Jane Russell. Annie is willing to give the union a go, but Torino wants none of it. Several risque complications and lively musical numbers later, Torino changes his mind. Nicholas Ray imbues Hot Blood with the same erotic
eurotic energy he brought to such earlier cult favorites as Johnny Guitar and Rebel without a Cause, but the magic just isn't there this time.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Hot Blood may be a pretty lousy movie -- and believe me, it is -- but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a certain entertainment value. To start off, it's directed by Nicholas Ray, and even if the result isn't one of his better films, it still has a distinct and unusual flavor to it. It also has one of the most deliciously garish color schemes ever seen, a lurid, gaudy celebration of hues that is really quite something to see. It also has in Jane Russell and Cornel Wilde two very physically attractive performers who do add to the beauty quotient whenever they're onscreen. What Blood doesn't have is a coherent plot or a cohesive tone. Apparently, Blood started out as a serious study of the gypsy subculture in America. But somewhere along the way, a ridiculous love story got grafted onto it, and the film suffers from an identity complex: is it about gypsies or is it about Hollywood's conception of gypsies, two very different things? Ray's work has its usual intensity, but it's like using a laser beam to crack open a peanut shell. For their part, Russell and Wilde try hard, but they're sunk by the material; only Luther Adler rises above it. Adler is miscast, but he's so persuasive that you almost forget that fact. The Ross Bagdasarian score is poor, to say the least, but some of the choreography is good. (Wilde, by the way, was athletic and limber but not a dancer, and much of his dancing is doubled by Matt Mattox.) Blood fails as film, but it has such energy to it that it manages to be quite enjoyable -- for a bad movie.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2010
  • UPC: 043396354777
  • Original Release: 1956
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 56,014

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Russell Annie Caldash
Cornel Wilde Stephen Turino
Luther Adler Mario Torino
Joseph Calleia Papa Theodore
Mikhail Rasumny Old Johnny
Helen Westcott Velma
James Russell Xano
Wally Russell Bimbo
Nick Dennis Korka
Richard Deacon Mr. Swift
Robert Foulk Sgt. McGrossin
John Raven Joe Randy
Ross Bagdasarian Sr. Gas Station Attendant
Les Baxter
Peter Brocco Doctor
Nina Koshetz Nita Johnny
Joe Merritt Skinny Gypsy
Manuel Paris Elder
Joan Reynolds Girl
Fay Nuell Gypsy Woman
Technical Credits
Nicholas Ray Director
Ross Bagdasarian Sr. Songwriter
Les Baxter Score Composer, Songwriter
Jean Evans Original Story
Ray June Cinematographer
Jesse Lasky Jr. Screenwriter
Sylvia Lewis Choreography
Otto Ludwig Editor
Matt Mattox Choreography
Robert A. Peterson Art Director
Harry Tatelman Producer
Howard Welsch Producer
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