Blow Out

Blow Out (1981)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Mystery-Suspense, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Political Thriller Film, Psychological Thriller Film  |   Release Date - Jul 24, 1981  |   Run Time - 108 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Blow Out is a 1981 American thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma. The film stars John Travolta as Jack Terry, a movie sound effects technician from Philadelphia who, while recording sounds for a low-budget slasher film, serendipitously captures audio evidence of an assassination involving a presidential hopeful. Nancy Allen stars as Sally Bedina, a young woman involved in the crime. The supporting cast includes John Lithgow and Dennis Franz. The film's tagline in advertisements was, "Murder has a sound all of its own".

The film is directly based on Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 film Blow Up, replacing the medium of photography with the medium of audio recording. The concept of Blow Out came to De Palma while he was working on the thriller Dressed to Kill (1980). The film was shot in the late autumn and winter of 1980 in various Philadelphia locations on a relatively substantial budget of $18 million.

Blow Out opened to minuscule audience interest in 1981; however, it received a mostly positive critical reception. The lead performances by Travolta and Allen, the direction by DePalma and the visual style were cited as the strongest points of the film. Critics also recognised the stylistic and narrative connection to the work of Alfred Hitchcock, whom DePalma admires. Over the years since its initial theatrical release, it has developed status as a cult film and received a home media release by the Criterion Collection, a company who specialise in "important classic and contemporary film", which re-ignited public interest in the film.

Movie Info

Budget

$18,000,000

Box Office

$12,000,754

Themes

Tags

Audio Recording, Car Accident, Carrie, Conspiracy, Cult, Espionage, Jack, Michelangelo Antonioni, Politics, Saturday Night Fever, Tape Recorder, Violent

Attributes

Filming Location: Philadelphia
Narrative Location: Pennsylvania
Subject: political murder

Alternate Titles

Blow Out
AU, CA, EG, FR, IN, IL, IT, NL, SG, ZA, SE, TH, AE, GB, US
Blow Out - Der Tod löscht alle Spuren
DE
Blow Out - Explosão
PT
Blow out - O dolofonos tou mesonyktiou
GR
Døden sletter alle spor
DK
Éclatement
CA
El sonido de la muerte
AR, PE, UY
Estallido
MX
Estallido Mortal
SV
Estallido mortal
MX, PE
Explosão
PT
Gumidefekt
HU
Halál a hídon
HU
Impacto
ES
Patlama
TR
Personal Effects
, US
Pucanj nije brisan
HR, RS
Strel ni bil izbrisan
SI
Um Tiro na Noite
BR
Užpusti
LT
Viimeinen todistaja
FI
Vittnet måste tystas
SE
Wybuch
PL
Ο δολοφόνος του μεσονυκτίου
GR
Изстрелът
BG
Прокoл
RU
Прокол
, RU, UA
Пуцањ није брисан
RS
ミッドナイトクロス
JP
凶線
TW