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Blow Out (1981)

A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

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Peter Boyden ...
Sam
Curt May ...
Donahue
John Aquino ...
Detective Mackey
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Deborah Everton ...
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Missy Cleveland ...
Coed Lover (as Amanda Cleveland)
Roger Wilson ...
Coed Lover
Lori-Nan Engler ...
Sue
Cindy Manion ...
Dancing Coed
Missy Crutchfield ...
Dancing Coed (as Missy O'Shea)
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Storyline

This stylish Brian De Palma thriller plays off the theme of the unsuspecting witness who discovers a crime and is thereby put in grave danger, but with a novel twist. Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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The Blow Out took them to the edge of terror . . . his questions took them way beyond [Video Australia] See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Box Office

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,747,234, 28 August 1981
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2.40 : 1
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John Travolta suffered from insomnia during the shoot. His lack of sleep helped him create a very moody performance and is why his character seems so downtrodden throughout the movie. See more »

Goofs

The sound mixer for the slasher movie mutes all of the sounds except the scream of the girl in the shower, in order to prove that it's really her voice. In fact, what he proves is that she's been dubbed: if it were really sound from the location he would not have been able to eliminate the shower or its curtain being pulled aside, as the microphone would have picked them up too. See more »

Quotes

Mixer: Jack, I need your help.
[he presents a couple of girls who all attempt a terrified scream]
Jack Terry: Keep looking.
Mixer: But Jack, what's the matter with you?
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A fantastically stylish film, with scenes that are still wonderful to watch today.
16 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

The opening of this movie must rival Bullit as cool openings go. Wonderfully shot throughout, and even though you can see how dated the film is just by Travoltas' and Allens' hair and dress sense, it doesn't affect the quality. The story is competent, but what makes the film is DePalma's treatment. The quiet scenes and the complete focus on noise, other than that of the characters talking. Visuals and backgrounds start this movie and run all the way through the major scenes, finally closing it. This is an excellent thriller, and many modern films of this genre should take notes. A great movie.


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