Bloodstone (1988 film)
|Directed by||Dwight H. Little|
|Produced by||Ashok Amritraj
Sunanda Murali Manohar
|Written by||Nico Mastorakis|
|Distributed by||Omega Entertainment|
|7 October 1988|
Bloodstone is a 1988 Indian-American 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 South India, the story revolving around a mythical ruby called the "bloodstone".
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, but while attempting delivery to international fence Ludwig Van Hoeven, 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 American couple and their streetwise taxi driver Shyam Sabu (Rajinikanth) 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 heathen 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 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 heathens 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.
- Brett Stimely ... Sandy McVey
- Rajinikanth ... Shyam Sabu
- Anne Nicholas ... Stephanie
- Charlie Brill ... Inspector Ramesh
- Jack Kehler ... Paul Lorre
- Christopher Neame ... Van Hoeven
- Tej Sapru ... Manu
- Bob Christo ... Haggerty
- Deep Dhillon ... Tanjeer
- Carol Teasdale ... Anna
- Laura Albert ... Kim Chi
- Marjean Holden ... Shirley
- Dhanushkodi ... Maniam
- Bill Marley ... British husband
- Janet Lord ... British wife
- Shihan Hussaini
The film has a 36% rating on review aggregating website Rotten Tomatoes. The film, however, failed commercially all over the world due to the film being not only a Hollywood movie, but for several of the cast as well being familiar to others like Rajinikanth.