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Writers:
Michelangelo Antonioni (story)
Julio Cortázar (short story "Las babas del diablo")
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Release Date:
18 December 1966 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Michelangelo Antonioni's first British film See more »
Plot:
A mod London photographer seems to find something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Undeservingly hated. See more (246 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vanessa Redgrave ... Jane

Sarah Miles ... Patricia

David Hemmings ... Thomas

John Castle ... Bill

Jane Birkin ... The Blonde
Gillian Hills ... The Brunette

Peter Bowles ... Ron

Veruschka von Lehndorff ... Herself (as Verushka)
Julian Chagrin ... Mime
Claude Chagrin ... Mime
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeff Beck ... Himself - The Yardbirds (uncredited)
Susan Brodrick ... Antique shop owner (uncredited)

Tsai Chin ... Thomas's receptionist (uncredited)
Julio Cortázar ... Homeless (uncredited)
Chris Dreja ... Himself - The Yardbirds (uncredited)
Melanie Hampshire ... Model (uncredited)
Harry Hutchinson ... Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Jill Kennington ... Model (uncredited)
Mary Khal ... Fashion editor (uncredited)
Chas Lawther ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dyson Lovell ... Man outside restaurant (uncredited)
Jim McCarty ... Himself - The Yardbirds (uncredited)
Peggy Moffitt ... Model (uncredited)
Rosaleen Murray ... Model (uncredited)
Ann Norman ... Model (uncredited)
Ronan O'Casey ... Jane's lover in park (uncredited)

Jimmy Page ... Himself - The Yardbirds (uncredited)
Keith Relf ... Himself - The Yardbirds (uncredited)
Janet Street-Porter ... Girl Dancing In Ricky Tick Club (uncredited)

Reg Wilkins ... Reg - Thomas's assistant (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Homeless Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Michelangelo Antonioni 
 
Writing credits
Michelangelo Antonioni (story)

Julio Cortázar (short story "Las babas del diablo") (as Julio Cortazar)

Michelangelo Antonioni (screenplay) and
Tonino Guerra (screenplay)

Edward Bond (English dialogue)

Produced by
Carlo Ponti .... producer
Pierre Rouve .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Herbie Hancock  (as Herbert Hancock)
 
Cinematography by
Carlo Di Palma  (as Carlo di Palma)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Clarke (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Assheton Gorton 
 
Costume Design by
Jocelyn Rickards (dresses)
 
Makeup Department
Stephanie Kaye .... hair stylist
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Donald Toms .... production manager
Roy Parkinson .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Watson .... assistant director
Adrian Hughes .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Antal Kovacs .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Grania O'Shannon .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Roger King .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Alan Roderick-Jones .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Michael Seymour .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robin Gregory .... sound recordist
Mike Le Mare .... sound editor
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer
Arkadi De Rakoff .... assistant sound (uncredited)
Ray Palmer .... sound assistant (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Parslow .... camera operator
David Wynn-Jones .... assistant camera
Terry Cole .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Arthur Evans .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dennis C. Lewiston .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Alec Mills .... focus puller (uncredited)
Mike Rutter .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Breed .... wardrobe supervisor (as Jackie Breed)
Evangeline Harrison .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Alan Corder .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Cowan .... photographic murals
Piers Haggard .... dialogue assistant
Betty Harley .... continuity
Bruce Sharman .... location manager
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Blowup" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
111 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 (DVD rating) | Argentina:18 (Original rating) | Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:L | Italy:VM14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2005) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1994) (2004) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (original rating) (w)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Loosely based on the careers of Swinging London's ace fashion photographers David Bailey and Terence Donovan.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Thomas is driving along Stockwell Road towards Woolwich, he drives past the same red-painted building - Pride & Clarke (a contemporary motorcycle dealer) - several times.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mime:Give me your money. Do it.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "The Singing Detective" (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
Train Kept A - Rollin'See more »

FAQ

What kind of car was Thomas driving?
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222 out of 277 people found the following review useful.
Undeservingly hated., 4 October 2001
Author: darthchico from Texas

It is hard to find people who will readily defend this movie these days. It is commonly thought of as pretentious, overly artsy, and lacking coherence. If you don't connect with the film that is fine, but to call it trash is a mistake. Many people try to pin this as being a 60's statement. It is not however. Antonioni was a veteran filmmaker who got lumped in with the new wave scene because he was around at the same time. This was initially a hit, though that probably had little to due with it's actual merits as a film.

It is the story of an artist. The photographer Thomas, who has lost all feeling of passion for his work. He hangs around London taking fashion photographs. He is cruel to his models and other women in his life. He seems interested in other's art but cannot be roused to create any of his own. He will soon be releasing a book of photographs, all of which are uninspired photos of the poor, sick and dying. While in the park he takes a series of shots he hopes will be a nice epilogue to his collection. They are of a couple playing in the park. These pictures, however, are not what they seem.

Antonioni makes great use of insinuation. He tantalizes us with the possibility of what could have been. In us he insights the same passion that is in Thomas. In the end, I don't think he disappears so much as he returns. He does not return as the same person, though. He is changed by the passion for his art and the challenge of reality. He is no longer playing the game of catch the murderer, or faking the motions of being a photographer, or posing as a deep artist by taking sad pictures. He is now truly inspired.

Today many people hate Thomas. And with good reason. He is definitely not a nice person, but he is one of my favorite anti-heroes. There is a scene many people may miss. It is short. He is driving in his car, I think after speeding off from some want to be models, he turns on the radio, and starts bobbing his head and making funny faces to the music. This is the scene that redeems his early self to me. When he is alone, we see he still has an innocent streak despite his cruelty.

All that being said, I only recommend this to the more serious moviegoer. 10/10

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