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Writers:
Michelangelo Antonioni (story)
Julio Cortázar (short story "Las babas del diablo")
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Release Date:
24 February 1967 (Brazil) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Michelangelo Antonioni's first British film See more »
Plot:
A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Patience will be rewarded See more (261 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vanessa Redgrave ... Jane

Sarah Miles ... Patricia

David Hemmings ... Thomas

John Castle ... Bill

Jane Birkin ... The Blonde
Gillian Hills ... The Brunette

Peter Bowles ... Ron

Veruschka von Lehndorff ... Verushka
Julian Chagrin ... Mime
Claude Chagrin ... Mime
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeff Beck ... Himself - The Yardbirds (uncredited)
Roy Beck ... Boy dancing In Ricki Tick Club (uncredited)
Susan Brodrick ... Antique shop owner (uncredited)

Tsai Chin ... Thomas's receptionist (uncredited)

Julio Cortázar ... Homeless Man (uncredited)
Chris Dreja ... Himself - The Yardbirds (uncredited)
Melanie Hampshire ... Model (uncredited)
Harry Hutchinson ... Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Jill Kennington ... Model (uncredited)
Mary Khal ... Fashion editor (uncredited)
Chas Lawther ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dyson Lovell ... Man outside restaurant (uncredited)
Jim McCarty ... Himself - The Yardbirds (uncredited)
Peggy Moffitt ... Model (uncredited)
Rosaleen Murray ... Model (uncredited)
Ann Norman ... Model (uncredited)
Ronan O'Casey ... Jane's lover in park (uncredited)

Jimmy Page ... Himself - The Yardbirds (uncredited)
Keith Relf ... Himself - The Yardbirds (uncredited)
Janet Street-Porter ... Girl Dancing In Ricky Tick Club (uncredited)

Reg Wilkins ... Reg - Thomas's assistant (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Homeless Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Michelangelo Antonioni 
 
Writing credits
Michelangelo Antonioni (story)

Julio Cortázar (short story "Las babas del diablo") (as Julio Cortazar)

Michelangelo Antonioni (screenplay) and
Tonino Guerra (screenplay)

Edward Bond (English dialogue)

Produced by
Carlo Ponti .... producer
Pierre Rouve .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Herbie Hancock  (as Herbert Hancock)
 
Cinematography by
Carlo Di Palma  (as Carlo di Palma)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Clarke (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Assheton Gorton 
 
Costume Design by
Jocelyn Rickards (dresses)
 
Makeup Department
Stephanie Kaye .... hair stylist
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Donald Toms .... production manager
Roy Parkinson .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Watson .... assistant director
Adrian Hughes .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Antal Kovacs .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Grania O'Shannon .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Roger King .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Alan Roderick-Jones .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Michael Seymour .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robin Gregory .... sound recordist
Mike Le Mare .... sound editor
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer
Fernando Caso .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Arkadi De Rakoff .... assistant sound (uncredited)
Alvaro Gramigna .... foley artist (uncredited)
Ray Palmer .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Michael Sale .... sound assistant (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Parslow .... camera operator
David Wynn-Jones .... assistant camera
Terry Cole .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Arthur Evans .... still photographer (uncredited)
Brian Harris .... clapper / loader (uncredited)
Dennis C. Lewiston .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Alec Mills .... focus puller (uncredited)
Mike Rutter .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Breed .... wardrobe supervisor (as Jackie Breed)
Evangeline Harrison .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Alan Corder .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Bruce Sharman .... location manager
 
Other crew
John Cowan .... photographic murals
Piers Haggard .... dialogue assistant
Betty Harley .... continuity
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Blow-Up" - International (English title) (imdb display title), Italy, UK (imdb display title), USA
"Blow Up" - Mexico (imdb display title), Uruguay (original subtitled version)
"Deseo en una mañana de verano" - Mexico (alternative title), Peru (imdb display title)
"Фотоувеличение" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Фотоувеличение" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Blow Up" - West Germany
"Blow Up" - Greece
"Blow Up" - France (imdb display title)
"Blow-Up" - Canada (French title)
"Blow-Up (Deseo de una mañana de verano)" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Blow-Up - Depois Daquele Beijo" - Brazil
"Blow-Up - Deseo en una mañana de verano" - Argentina (imdb display title)
"Blow-Up - Erään suudelman jälkeen" - Finland (video box title)
"Blow-up - förstoringen" - Sweden (imdb display title)
"Cinayeti gördüm" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Ekstaze '67" - West Germany
"História de Um Fotógrafo" - Portugal
"Nagyítás" - Hungary
"Poveæanje" - Croatia
"Povecava" - Slovenia (imdb display title)
"Powiekszenie" - Poland
"Uvećanje" - Serbia
"Yetzarim" - Israel (Hebrew title)
"Yokubô" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Yokubou" - Japan (DVD title)
"Zvetsenina" - Czechoslovakia (Czech title)
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Runtime:
111 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 (DVD rating) | Argentina:18 (original rating) | Australia:M | Australia:A (original rating) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:L | Italy:VM14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2005) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1994) (2004) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (original rating) (w)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Michelangelo Antonioni had wanted The Who to be in the film, as he was fascinated by Pete Townshend's guitar-smashing routine. Jeff Beck does it in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Shadow of camera crew visible when the photographer is driving home from the factory.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mime:Give me your money. Do it.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Dallas: Blow Up (#7.26)" (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Butchie's TuneSee more »

FAQ

What kind of car was Thomas driving?
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107 out of 139 people found the following review useful.
Patience will be rewarded, 7 June 2005
Author: riderpridethemovie from Toronto

If you believe that the ending makes the movie, Blowup is for you. The first 30 minutes seem aimless and wandering, but they set up the main character and what is he is to discover about himself, about his occupation and about art in general. Antonioni builds tension (or frustration as you're watching it) not with plot, but with anti-plot. You want to scream at David Hemmings's character to: focus! screw those models! do something! But as the film unfolds you will see why Antonioni chose this actor, this profession and those girls. A wonderful manifesto about the dangers of voyeurism and what it does to a man's sexuality that is 40 years ahead of its time. The symbolism might get heavy handed at times (mimes, a broken guitar), but the sets are so full of creativity and the actors so beautiful (this will give my age away, but Vanessa Redgrave, who knew?) that you forgive Antonioni (he's Italian after all). Hemmings is Hugh Grant before Hugh Grant, but in this role at least, much more interesting. He's highly sexual, but unlike his painter roommate, his chosen art form represses him, all in the name of the shot. And when he finally gets the perfect shot in the perfect light, it's so perfect that someone steals it, and for good reason. Did those events actually take place or just through his camera lens? When the photos are the proof of what you see, then when that proof is taken away, did you see?

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