Taglines: They came to a country to plant their dreams… now they’re prepared to die for them.
Set in the 1890s, the story centers around the life of a Sicilian family, the Collogeros, living in California and working in the winemaking business, and their confrontation with a powerful railroad and land baron named William Bradford Berrigan (Hopper), who is after their lands and the ones that belong to the other families in the area.
Berrigan’s plan is to get control of the properties in order to build a new railroad. When the conflict escalates, he murders the patriarch of the family, Sebastian Collogero (Giannini), and in response, his son Marco (Roberts) claims for justice. With the help of his family and others, Marco starts an open guerrilla war against Berrigan.
Blood Red is a 1989 American-British Western drama film directed by Peter Masterson and starring Eric Roberts, Giancarlo Giannini, Burt Young, Lara Harris and Dennis Hopper. It was filmed and completed in 1986, but released three years later. The film is noteworthy for featuring Julia Roberts, Eric’s sister, in one of her first film roles. She plays the younger sister of Eric’s character in the film.
Blood Red (1989)
Directed by: Peter Masterson
Starring: Eric Roberts, Giancarlo Giannini, Dennis Hopper, Burt Young, Carlin Glynn, Lara Harris, Joseph Runningfox, Michael Madsen, Francesca De Sapio, Elias Koteas
Screenplay by: Ron Cutler
Production Design by: Bruno Rubeo
Cinematography by: Toyomichi Kurita
Film Editing by: Randy D. Thornton
Costume Design by: Ruth Myers
Art Direction by: William Apperson
Music by: Carmine Coppola
Distributed by: Hemdale Film Corporation
Release Date: August 18, 1989