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Blow Out
- John Travolta

Overview - While outdoors recording sound effects for a movie, audio technician Jack Terri hears a tire blowout and a car crash. Before the car sinks into the river, he manages to save the female passenger from drowning. Because the other passenger was a presidential candidate, Jack suspects that the "accident" was a political murder.  Read more...

 
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Overview

While outdoors recording sound effects for a movie, audio technician Jack Terri hears a tire blowout and a car crash. Before the car sinks into the river, he manages to save the female passenger from drowning. Because the other passenger was a presidential candidate, Jack suspects that the "accident" was a political murder. Afterwards, Jack falls in love with Sally, the woman he rescued, and learns that she's been in cahoots with Manny, a sleazy photographer who's operating a blackmail scheme. As part of their scam, Manny photographs Sally with important men in what appear to be compromising situations. Jack starts to wonder whether he's being paranoid or whether things are not quite what they seem. Then the assassin turns his attention to Jack and Sally, and Jack has to use every special effects trick in the book to keep them both alive.

Cast List

Brian De Palma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Brian DePalma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Brian Russell De Palma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Dennis Franz - American actor, NYPD BLUE
Nancy Allen - American actress, CARRIE, ROBOCOP
John Lithgow - American Actor
John Travolta - American actor, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, GREASE, PHENOMENON
Pino Donaggio - Film composer, TEX (1982)
John McMartin - American Actor
Vilmos Zsigmond - Hungarian Director of Photography
William Zsigmond - Hungarian Director of Photography
Paul Hirsch - Editor, RAY (2004)
George Litto
Peter Boyden - ACTOR

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 108
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 715515080118
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: April 2011

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Mystery
Politics
Suspense
Thriller
Assassination
Theatrical Release
Conspiracy Theories

 
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Synopsis:
While outdoors recording sound effects for a movie, audio technician Jack Terri hears a tire blowout and a car crash. Before the car sinks into the river, he manages to save the female passenger from drowning. Because the other passenger was a presidential candidate, Jack suspects that the "accident" was a political murder. Afterwards, Jack falls in love with Sally, the woman he rescued, and learns that she's been in cahoots with Manny, a sleazy photographer who's operating a blackmail scheme. As part of their scam, Manny photographs Sally with important men in what appear to be compromising situations. Jack starts to wonder whether he's being paranoid or whether things are not quite what they seem. Then the assassin turns his attention to Jack and Sally, and Jack has to use every special effects trick in the book to keep them both alive.

Notes:
Holly Hunter appeared as an extra in the scene at the Hotel Bel-Air Restaurant. Shot in Panavision. Color by Technicolor. Additional cast: Curt May (Frank Donohue), Ernest McClure (Jim), Dave Roberts (Anchor No.1), Maurice Copeland (Jack Manners), Claire Carter (Joan), John Aquino (Detective), John Hoffmeister (McRyan), Patrick McNamara (Officer Nelson), Terrence Currier (Lawrence Henry), Tom McCarthy (Policeman), Dean Bennett (Campus Guard).

Reviews:
"...BLOW OUT delivers the thrills....Travolta scores with a combination of intensity and naturalism..." - 07/29/1981 Variety


"...Flashy, eclectic....The work of a high-spirited, irrepressible director..." - 07/24/1981 New York Times, p.C5


"[D]eliciously twisty and twisted....A fresh, fizzy cocktail of paranoid cover-ups and conspiracies." -- Grade: A - 04/22/2011 Entertainment Weekly


"[I]t's a seductive ride, beginning with the famous slasher film-within-a-film, to set piece after set piece, including one of De Palma's most relaxed and eloquent triumphs..." - 06/01/2011 Sight and Sound


5 stars out of 5 -- "[O]ne of the finest, most energetic and eclectic of that revered roster of '70s paranoia films..." - 07/01/2013 Total Film

 
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