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2,573 Ratings

Blow Out

Directed by Brian De Palma
United States, 1981
Thriller, Mystery, Crime


While recording sound effects for a slasher flick, Jack Terri accidentally records a political assassination. As he perilously romances the only eyewitness to the crime, together they uncover the truth.

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Blow Out Directed by Brian De Palma
The tides of auteurist reputation seem to be turning away from BLOW OUT and toward CARLITO’S WAY as De Palma’s finest achievement. Not, as they say, that there’s anything wrong with that; CARLITO is an undersung triumph and is held in special esteem by the director himself. But BLOW OUT remains De Palma’s signature moment, the nexus of so many strains of his directorial temperament.
June 17, 2016
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When Travolta synchs his sound recording with newspaper photos of the car accident to create his own Zapruder film, the moment plays as much as a celebration of the power of cinema as it is a reveal of a vile conspiracy. Yet the film’s heady ambitions remain grounded by its bleak setting. Philadelphia, De Palma’s hometown, provides a grungy backdrop for the director’s hypnotic split diopter shots.
April 20, 2016
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in retrospect, it feels more of a great transition than a truly great film, an autodidactic lesson that allowed De Palma to emerge later on with both the almost unbearable gravity of Casualties of War and the clarified excitement of Femme Fatale, but which in itself only becomes interesting when one looks at its role in reshaping De Palma’s career.
May 01, 2011
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