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Blackout (1978)

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A black comedy of violent criminals who terrorize apartment dwellers during New York's 1977 power blackout.

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Dan Evans
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Christie
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Annie Gallo
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Mrs. Grant
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Henri
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Richard Stafford
Don Granberry ...
Chico
Terry Haig ...
Eddy
Victor B. Tyler ...
Marcus
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Camille Ange
Maurice Attias
David Bairstow
Thor Bishopric
David Bloom
Fred Doederlein ...
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A black comedy of violent criminals who terrorize apartment dwellers during New York's 1977 power blackout.

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blackout | criminal | terror | gang | murder | See more »

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Psychopaths on the Loose ... In a City Without Lights ... No One is Safe! See more »

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13 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Surprisingly Undramatic And Even A Bit Silly At Times
20 October 2009 | by (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The basics seemed right. New York City gets hit with a huge power outage, and in the midst of it four very violent criminals escape from custody, get into a high rise apartment building and terrorize the tenants, all the while being pursued by a lone cop. It sounds like it should be a pretty decent actioner, but from the very beginning it just didn't seem to work very well. It began with a far too long introduction to what was happening, and when the "action" did start it just came in dribs and drabs, but there was nothing sustained to it. Then to an overall dull-ish feel, you have to add a few rather silly elements in the plot. Let's see. There's the woman who gets raped and is obviously traumatized by the experience but ends up within a few minutes as the cop's partner searching the building. Then, the cop is telling everyone he meets (including a couple of unaccompanied kids) to go to the lobby (but what if they meet up with the gang on the way?) but then tells an elderly couple to stay in their half burned and smoke-filled apartment after one of the bad guys turned pyromaniac. Does any of that make any sense? We were never told what happened to the man whose ventilator was turned off (presumably he died while his wife who was tied up watched, but that was never tied up) and then one of the bad guys turns on another because the latter one hits a kid - after everything else (murder, rape, arson) we suddenly get "you don't hit a kid" and two crooks end up killing each other over it? I also wasn't taken with the performances, which seemed pretty dry to me most of the way through. The movie also had a very low-budget feel most of the way through. Some good scenes of looting appeared throughout the movie as a reminder of the ugliness of human nature, because we know that really does happen in such circumstances, and the closing car chase through the underground parking lot was pretty decent. Aside from those points though there's not much to recommend this. 2/10


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