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07.22.2019
Blow Out (1981)
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08.15.13

Blow Out (1981) This stylish Brian DePalma thriller plays off the theme of the unsuspecting witness who discovers a crime and is thereby put in grave danger, but with a novel twist. Jack is a sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he doesn't know whom he can trust.

Title: Blow Out
Runtime: 107 mins
Genre: Mystery
All Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Dolby
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Buried.com Rating: 8.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B

MPAA Rating: R

Director(s):
Brian De Palma

Cast:
John Travolta ...Jack Terry
Nancy Allen ...Sally
John Lithgow ...Burke
Dennis Franz ...Manny Karp
Peter Boyden ...Sam
Curt May ...Donahue
John Aquino ...Detective Mackey
John McMartin ...Lawrence Henry
Deborah Everton ...Hooker
J. Patrick McNamara ...Detective at Hospital
Missy Cleveland ...Coed Lover (as Amanda Cleveland)
Roger Wilson ...Coed Lover
Lori Nan Engler ...Sue
Cindy Manion ...Dancing Coed
Missy Crutchfield ...Dancing Coed (as Missy O'Shea)
Marcy Bigelman ...Ecstatic Coed
Ann Kelly ...Studious Coed
Dean Bennett ...Campus Guard
John Coppolino Jr. ...Maniac
Archie Lang ...Mixer
Dave Roberts ...Anchorman
Claire Carter ...Anchorwoman
Maurice Copeland ...Jack Manners
John Hoffmeister ...Governor McRyan
David De Felice ...Boy Lover
Barbara Sigel ...Girl Lover
Thomas J. McCarthy ...Policeman at Hospital (as Tom McCarthy)
Reginald M. Wallace ...Policeman at Hospital
Robert L. Penrose ...Hospital Administrator
Larry Woody ...Doctor

» [more cast members]

Producer(s):
Fred C. Caruso
George Litto

Writer(s):
Brian De Palma
Bill Mesce Jr.

Composer(s):
Pino Donaggio




Movie Trivia:
  • During the editing process, two reels of footage from the Liberty Parade sequence were stolen and were never to be seen again. This meant that the scenes had to be reshot at a cost of $750,000. Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond was no longer available, so he was replaced by László Kovács.
  • The idea of a man discovering a crime by listening to a recording is a reinterpretation of Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blowup, but using sound instead of photographs.
  • The accident at the start of the film alludes to the Kennedy incident at Chappaquiddick.
  • Also alludes to the Watergate scandal and the JFK assassination.
  • John Travolta suffered from insomnia during the shoot. His lack of sleep helped him create a very moody performance and is why his character seems so downtrodden throughout the movie.
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Keywords:
sound, murder, car accident, recording, witness


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