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BTDesign Award
Blow Out (1981)

Cast: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Director(s): Brian DePalma

Language: English

Genre: Thriller


Brian De Palma's homage to Michelangelo Antonioni's classic art movie Blow-Up (1966) blends suspense and political paranoia when a Philadelphia soundman inadvertently records a murder. Former police technician Jack Terri (John Travolta) makes his living doing sound for slasher flicks. While recording new outdoor effects one night, Jack witnesses a couple's car careen off a bridge into a river, but he can save only the female occupant, Sally (Nancy Allen). Jack begins to suspect something when he... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on July 20, 2014, 1:53 am
Going through some old DePalma and Carpenter stuff lately. This is a pretty serviceable thriller. I was drawn in from the get-go and it's replete with DePalma's signature style of camerawork, long-takes, high shots, low angles, split screens. Hindsight is always 20/20 of course, but it's funny watching films that center on old forms of technology (audio tape!) when nowadays there are cameras everywhere filming stuff that goes viral in moments. But back to the olden days - this is a tense political conspiracy film, and a young Travolta is in peak form (as well as a young über-sleazy Dennis Franz). My only beef is the final 20 minutes or so (crucial to the plot, really), which I just didn't cull to. It seemed ridiculously staged in an eye-rolling way, but nevertheless didn't diminish my overall rating by much. Still, cool filmmaking, as DePalma would eventually follow this up with Scarface.

Deril wrote on July 22, 2014, 12:47 pm
yeah. looks like

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