Bloodline (1979)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA/West Germany, 1979.  Bavaria Film, NF Geria III-Produktion München.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A pharmaceutical tycoon is murdered on a ski trip, leaving his entire fortune and control of his company to his daughter (Audrey Hepburn). She takes on this great responsibility in the face of her grief, but when a few precarious experiences come her way she begins to realize that her father’s death was not an accident but foul play, the actions of a killer now intent on getting her as well.  Enter detective  who begins to link her dangerous situation with a recent string of prostitute murders.

Based on a Sidney Sheldon novel, this film has all the tacky trappings of melodramas set among the jet-savvy, but it’s no Airport ’79. Hepburn’s classy performance and the host of celebrities in the cast, including , James Mason,  and Omar Sharif make it as much fun to watch as it is shallow and silly, plus the seventies-era fashions are terrific.

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