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Crime, Mystery





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Brian De Palma


John Travolta
Nancy Allen
John Lithgow
Dennis Franz
Peter Boyden
Curt May





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A sound technician inadvertently records a car crash one evening while sampling noises. As he listens to the recording, he realizes that it wasn't an accident.

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SIngli6 06/27/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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There is something about Brian De Palma’s work that I find very off-putting. The man possesses undeniable talent, as can be plainly observed by how artfully he uses the foreground and background to block his characters in both this film and the great majority of his other works, but he’s also schlocky, dated, and just really creepy (and not in a good way). ‘Blowout’ stands out to me as one of the schlockiest, most dated, and most creepy films he has ever directed, and though I loved a lot of the shots and some of the 'subtle' homages to the great Alfred Hitchcock (not to mention those to the film's namesake 'Blow-Up'), I feel a strong compulsion to never watch this film again.

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Yojimbo 09/17/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Brian De Palma conspiracy thriller starring John Travolta before he was cool. Some decent ideas but generally dated and cheap looking.

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mitchellyoung 08/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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In a tour de force of editing, camera angles, and other visual tricks, Brian De Palma crafts a tense and inventive crime thriller. All the pieces fit together here, led by strong performances from Travolta and Nancy Allen. Dennis Franz and a creepy John Lithgow round out an impressive supporting cast. The film manages to adopt a gritty, arthouse film style, while still working as a coherent and engaging thriller.

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Snoogans 05/14/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Superbly entertaining thriller. The greatly intriguing story sets up some effectively tense and paranoid scenes. The use of sound is impeccable and the directing is some of De Palma's most visually stimulating. The finale carries an emotional weight and a clever bit of irony. Anyone who watches films for the directing or technical aspects will have a lot to study here. I loved it!

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12/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Interesting premise but unfortunately was not presented in a more entertaining manner. Jack Terry (Travolta) is a sound-man who saves the life of Sally (Allen). His life becomes complicated after discovering the governor (and a presidential hopeful) had died in the "accident." Technically and plot-wise, this was brilliant. Had some nice quotes like: "No one wants to know about conspiracy any more!" from Jack and "Ya know, the only trouble I ever got into was when I was TOO careful!" from Sally. Acting was sincere though the main female lead was not that interesting. Soundtrack was likewise didn't have enough impact for certain scenes which does look dated. Overall feel of the picture was like a television show than a movie. Themes of voyeurism, malicious political agenda/power, tr...

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