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13 September 1978 (USA) See more »
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A black comedy of violent criminals who terrorize apartment dwellers during New York's 1977 power blackout. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Eddy Matalon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Dunning  story
Eddy Matalon  story
John C.W. Saxton  writer

Produced by
Nicole M. Boisvert .... producer
Don Carmody .... executive producer
John Dunning .... producer
André Link .... executive producer
Eddy Matalon .... producer
Ivan Reitman .... executive producer
John Vidette .... executive producer
Original Music by
Didier Vasseur 
Cinematography by
Jean-Jacques Tarbès 
Film Editing by
Debra Karen 
Production Design by
Jocelyn Joly 
Costume Design by
Blanche-Danielle Boileau 
Makeup Department
Suzanne Rioux .... makeup artist
Production Management
Stewart Harding .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pedro Gandol .... third assistant director
Al Simmons .... assistant director
Art Department
Andre Brochu .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Henri Blondeau .... sound
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Joe Elsener .... special effects
Other crew
Thérèse Bérubé .... script supervisor

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92 min
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Continuity: In the end when Robert carradine tries to escape from the underground garage in a car, we clearly see that the (stunt) driver is on the right side of the car in half of the shots, then when they show the closeup of carradine again he's back on the left or driver's side.See more »
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Where were the thugs when the lights went out?, 17 November 2014
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

The factual and notorious 1977 New York City blackout (thank you, Wikipedia) clearly worked inspirational quite fast! Not even a year later came this raw, gritty and low-budgeted Canadian exploitation flick directed by Eddy Matalon ("Cathy's Curse") and co-produced by Ivan Reitman ("Cannibal Girls", "Ghostbusters"). "Blackout" certainly isn't a great or even memorable thriller, but it stars a couple of familiar faces and features a handful of notably sadistic sequences. When all electricity falls out in New York City, as a result of a heavy thunderstorm, four dangerous criminals manage to escape from a prison transport van and entrench themselves in a luxurious apartment block. The building homes a variety of tenants (including a wealthy elderly couple, a terminally ill patient on life support, an 8- months pregnant lady and a magician with dog) and there's a big fat Greek wedding party at the top floor. With a devastating crime spree and tons of looting going on in the darkened city streets, tough copper Dan Evans finds himself all alone and without any chance for back-up to battle the thugs inside the apartment tower. Especially during the first half hour, "Blackout" is slow-paced and rather uneventful. All characters, including the insignificant supportive ones, are extendedly introduced before the actual power failure, so it seemingly takes ages before something interesting happens. The 1977 blackout became legendary because of the looting and unseen chaos in New York, but these factual aspects are only hinted at in the film and briefly illustrated through – I think – stock footage. I presume there wasn't enough budget to shoot a thriller on the streets, but an apartment complex under siege is a cool alternative. The villainous quartet initially doesn't seem very menacing, but they nevertheless pull off a number of brutish tricks, like rape and execution. Terrific finale, too! Particularly the oddly cast Robert Carradine ("Revenge of the Nerds") is shockingly cold-blooded as the lead gangster, and the fairly unknown Don Granberry is memorable as the (pyro-) maniacal and constantly giggling lunatic Chico. Personal favorite of mine Ray Milland briefly appears – as he did numerous of times during the final years of his rich career – as an embittered old tyrant.

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