Release Date: July 24, 1981
How It Got Made: That 'Blow Out' got made at all was pretty remarkable. Its 1960s and '70s-style political paranoia seemed out of place at the dawn of the Reagan '80s. Its director experienced budget problems, its leading man couldn't sleep, and when two reels were stolen during the editing process, it required expensive reshoots using a different cinematographer.
Still, the result was an unforgettable, despairing thriller, one whose final echoes continue to ring today. It may have marked the finest work in the careers of director Brian De Palma and stars John Travolta and Nancy Allen. And its fans included Quentin Tarantino, who has paid the film homage in several of his own works.