Bloodstone (1988 film)

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Bloodstone
Bloodstone (1988 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDwight H. Little
Written byNico Mastorakis
Produced byAshok Amritraj
Sunanda Murali Manohar
StarringBrett Stimely
Rajinikanth
Anna Nicholas
CinematographyEric Anderson
Edited byNico Mastorakis
Nancy Morrison
Music byJerry Grant
Distributed byOmega Entertainment
Release date
  • October 7, 1988 (1988-10-07)
Running time
87 minutes
CountriesUnited States
India
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1 million
Box office$4 million

Bloodstone is a 1988 action-adventure film produced by Ashok Amritraj and Sunanda Murali Manohar, directed by Dwight H. Little and written by Nico Mastorakis. Starring Brett Stimely, Rajinikanth, and Anna Nicholas, the film was shot primarily in India. The story revolves around a mythical ruby called the "bloodstone".

The film was dubbed and released in Indian Tamil language as Vairavel.[1]

The film is notable for being Indian actor Rajinikanth's only foreign film.[2]

Plot[edit]

In 12th Century India, a huge ruby was bestowed with the power of good and the curse of evil by the spilt blood of Princess Lafla. In the 18th Century, the British stole it. In today's India, small-time crook Paul Lorre steals the stone back. While attempting delivery to international fence Ludwig Van Hoeven, he realizes the authorities are onto him and slips the priceless gem into the baggage of the unsuspecting Sandy and Stephanie McVey. Lorre manages to indicate the taxi driver Shyam Sabu to Van Hoeven's thugs. Sabu realizes that he is being followed, but he does not see the huge ruby fall into a crevice inside his trunk while dropping Sandy and Stephanie at their hotel. Soon Sandy and Sabu are both in action; Sandy in a brutal fight with two thieves ransacking his room and Sabu in a life-or-death car chase and shootout.

Stephanie gets kidnapped by Van Hoeven's thugs. Van Hoeven contacts Sandy and proposes Stephanie in exchange for the gem at the waterfalls on the road to Bangalore. Without the ruby, Sandy has no option but the police, but Sabu produces the stone, igniting a vicious fight between the two equally matched men, ending in a second agreement. Sandy will pay well, but the ruby is his to exchange for Stephanie's life. They prepare for a conflict while Sabu lets his Indian friends know that their help may be needed. At every corner, the bungling Ramesh is attempting to keep up with the furious pace, always managing somehow to fail. Sandy and Sabu are ambushed while exiting the rain forests but survive the shootout and capture two of Van Hoeven's men, learning of the lone secret passage before tossing Misba them over the waterfalls.

Van Hoeven is giving a festive, lavish party. But Sandy and Sabu have penetrated the palace with plans of their own, when they... drop unexpectedly. The ruby proves to be a fake and they are moments from execution when Sabu's friends storm the fortress and a bloody mêlée ensues. Sandy, Stephanie and Sabu escape directly into the gun barrels of Ramesh's men. They are clean, Van Hoeven is arrested and Inspector Ramesh is a hero... but the Bloodstone is still missing.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was mainly shot in Bangalore.[3] According to an interview with director Dwight Little, the film's producer, Nico Mastorakis, was set to direct the film himself. For reasons unknown, Mastorakis couldn't go to India himself, so he started looking around for a non-union director who had experience with action. Because Little had just made the action film Getting Even, he was hired. Little explained he had a thirty-five day schedule, but was still filming at day seventy-eight. Because Mastorakis had insufficient budget to hire SAG-actors, Brett Stimely and Anna Nicholas were hired. "You can’t really have non-union actors play the lead in a movie like this. It’s asking too much", explained Little. He added that he thought Raijnikanth was "amazing".[4]

Reception[edit]

To date there have been no reviews collected by review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes; based on 200 user ratings, the film has a 36% rating on the site.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "- YouTube". YouTube.
  2. ^ Rajadhyaksha, Ashish (2003). "The 'Bollywoodization' of the Indian Cinema: Cultural Nationalism in a Global Arena". Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. 4 (1): 25–39. doi:10.1080/1464937032000060195. ISSN 1464-9373. S2CID 144764499.
  3. ^ "Rajanikant: His name spells box-office magic in the south". India Today. July 31, 1988. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Dwight Little interview". THE FLASHBACK FILES. Retrieved May 24, 2021.
  5. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes: Movies | TV Shows | Movie Trailers | Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes.

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