• Blow Out (2000)

Blow Out

Release Date: March 1st, 2000

DVD Release Date: August 28th, 2001

R |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

While recording sound effects for a slasher flick, Jack Terri (John Travolta) stumbles upon a real-life horror: a car careening off a bridge and into a river. Jack jumps into the water and fishes out Sally (Nancy Allen) from the car, but the other passenger is already dead -- a governor intending to run for president. As Jack does some investigating of his tapes, and starts a perilous romance with Sally, he enters a tangled web of conspiracy that might leave him dead.

Cast: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, Peter Boyden, Curt May, Dave Roberts, Maurice Copeland

Director: Brian De Palma

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Filmways Pictures

Keywords: Pursuit, Sacrifice, Dark, 1980s, Suspenseful

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Slant Magazine

    Blow Out is not known as one of Brian De Palma’s horror movies, but of all his films, it’s the one that feels most like a nightmare. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Best of all, this movie is inhabited by a real cinematic intelligence. The audience isn't condescended to. In sequences like the one in which Travolta reconstructs a film and sound record of the accident, we're challenged and stimulated: We share the excitement of figuring out how things develop and unfold, when so often the movies only need us as passive witnesses. show more

  • 100
    The Guardian

    This is one of the finest films about the process of movie-making, a bleak, complex work that gives Travolta his most challenging role. show more

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