Blow Out Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 3026

Average Rating: 2.8/4

# of Ratings: 65

Theatrical Release Date: 07/24/1981

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 04/26/2011

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Mystery

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Brian De Palma

Actors: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, Peter Boyden, Curt May

Plot: 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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Indyfreak - wrote on 09/03/2019

The tone is suspenseful and it doesn't take shortcuts. John Travolta is good as the resourceful protagonist who stumbles onto a conspiracy that's way over his head. Nancy Allen was a little annoying. John Lithgow is appropriately creepy. For each good scare or intriguing plot development, it does drag in sections.

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SIngli6 - wrote on 06/27/2017

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 - wrote on 09/17/2012

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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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/01/2012

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, …

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