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Writer:
Brian De Palma (written by)
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Release Date:
24 July 1981 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Blow Out took them to the edge of terror . . . his questions took them way beyond [Video Australia] See more »
Plot:
A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Did you hear that… the sound of murder See more (137 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Travolta ... Jack Terry

Nancy Allen ... Sally

John Lithgow ... Burke

Dennis Franz ... Manny Karp
Peter Boyden ... Sam
Curt May ... Donahue
John Aquino ... Detective Mackey

John McMartin ... Lawrence Henry
Deborah Everton ... Hooker

J. Patrick McNamara ... Detective at Hospital
Missy Cleveland ... Coed Lover (as Amanda Cleveland)
Roger Wilson ... Coed Lover
Lori-Nan Engler ... Sue
Cindy Manion ... Dancing Coed
Missy Crutchfield ... Dancing Coed (as Missy O'Shea)
Marcy Bigelman ... Ecstatic Coed
Ann Kelly ... Studious Coed
Dean Bennett ... Campus Guard
John Coppolino Jr. ... Maniac
Archie Lang ... Mixer
Dave Roberts ... Anchorman
Claire Carter ... Anchorwoman
Maurice Copeland ... Jack Manners
John Hoffmeister ... Governor McRyan
David De Felice ... Boy Lover

Barbara Sigel ... Girl Lover
Thomas J. McCarthy ... Policeman at Hospital (as Tom McCarthy)
Reginald M. Wallace ... Policeman at Hospital
Robert L. Penrose ... Hospital Administrator
Larry Woody ... Doctor
Dick McGarvin ... TV Newscaster
Michael Borghese ... Newsdealer
Rossana Fichera ... Receptionist
James Jeter ... Film Lab Man
Luddy Tramontana ... Freddie Corso
Sid Doherty ... Cop in Car
Milt Fields ... Mobster
Bud Seese ... Corrupt Captain
Maureen Sullivan ... First Murder Victim
Brian Corrigan ... Cop at Karp's Office
Elaine Filoon ... Screamer

Robin Sherwood ... Betty
Tim Choate ... Sailor
B.J. Cyrus ... Sailor's Friend

Dave DeAngelis ... Sailor's Friend (as Dave De Angelis)
Thomas Finn ... Sailor's Friend

Tony Devon ... Sailor's Friend
Henry Cohen ... Ambulance Attendant

Bernie Rachelle ... Ambulance Attendant
William Tarman ... Security Guard
Michael Tearson ... Hawker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roberto Lombardi ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Ernest McClure ... Jim (uncredited)
Susan Wool-Rush ... Witness (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian De Palma 
 
Writing credits
Brian De Palma (written by)

Bill Mesce Jr.  uncredited

Produced by
Fred C. Caruso .... executive producer (as Fred Caruso)
George Litto .... producer
 
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Hirsch 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Paul Sylbert 
 
Set Decoration by
Bruce Weintraub 
 
Costume Design by
Vicki Sánchez  (as Vicki Sanchez)
 
Makeup Department
Joe Cranzano .... makeup artist: Nancy Allen (as Joseph Cranzano)
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup artist (as Leo Lotito)
Vivian McAteer .... hair stylist
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist: Nancy Allen (as Lyn Quiyou)
 
Production Management
Fred C. Caruso .... production manager (as Fred Caruso)
Robert Rothbard .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Dillon .... dga trainee
John G. Fox .... second unit director (as John Fox)
Lewis Gould .... second assistant director
Joe Napolitano .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Joe Acord .... construction coordinator
Tom Bartholomew .... scenic chargeman
Irwin 'Eppy' Epstein .... drapery man (as Irwin Epstein)
Drew H. Fash .... property assistant
Mark Hollingsworth .... prop man
Moe Larson .... set painter
Daniel Loren May .... lead man (as Dan May)
Jim McGee .... construction foreman
Erik L. Nelson .... property master (as Erik Nelson)
Jeannine Oppewall .... set designer
Christopher Sylbert .... scenic chargeman
 
Sound Department
Randall Coleman .... assistant sound editor
Lowell Mate .... dialogue loop editor
Michael Moyse .... sound editor (as Michel Moyse)
Dan Sable .... supervising sound editor
James M. Tanenbaum .... sound mixer (as James Tanenbaum)
Rimas Tumasonis .... boom operator
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording supervisor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Brian L. McCarty .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Calvin Joe Acord .... special effects foreman (as Calvin Acord)
David Domeyer .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... process coordinator
Don Hansard .... process coordinator
 
Stunts
Rick Avery .... stunt double: John Travolta
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator
Durrell Nelson .... stunts
Mike Pridgen .... stunts
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Leslie Hoffman .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Deats .... key grip (as Richard Deats)
Jim Dyer .... best boy grip
Michael Gershman .... assistant camera
Louis Goldman .... still photographer
Michael Green .... second assistant camera
Jan Kiesser .... camera operator
John Kirk .... best boy
Rick Martens .... gaffer
Rexford L. Metz .... underwater director of photography
Ken Nishino .... second assistant camera
Chuck Nolen .... still photographer
Gary Parker .... dolly grip
Jonathan Smith .... assistant camera
Larry Whitehead .... rig electrician
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
László Kovács .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
Scott Rathner .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lisa Freiberger .... casting associate
Joanna Oberman .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandy Berke Jordan .... key costumer (as Sandra Berke)
Claudia Everett .... wardrobe assistant
Laurie Riley .... costumer
Ann Roth .... costume designer: Nancy Allen
Elizabeth Wasielewsky .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Lisa J. Levine .... apprentice editor
Mark Rathaus .... apprentice editor
Gina Roose .... assistant editor
Joe Gawler .... video colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tom Jung .... music recording engineer
Jacquie Litto .... music coordinator
Robert Q. Lovett .... music editor
Natale Massara .... conductor
Ralph Berliner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Arthur F. 'Mickey' McAteer .... transportation coordinator (as Mickey McAteer)
 
Other crew
Aaron Barsky .... set production assistant
Susan Bartholomew .... production secretary
Debbie Brenner .... assistant: Miss Allen
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
James Donahue .... production assistant
Joan Edwards .... assistant: Mr. Travolta
John G. Fox .... technical consultant (as John Fox)
Carin I. Gronhagen .... assistant auditor (as Carin Grönhagen)
T.J. Healy II .... production assistant
Gary Hill .... assistant: Brian Depalma
George Hill .... studio manager
Gail Kearns .... assistant: Mr. Litto
Ted Kurdyla .... location manager
Bob Le Mond .... production consultant
Linda Lee .... assistant: Mr. Litto
Shari Leibowitz .... production office coordinator
Ramona Lenny .... dialogue coach
Tom Miller .... unit publicist
Chuck Nolen .... location scout
Robert Rothbard .... location coordinator
Victor T. Salant .... auditor
Hannah Scheel .... script supervisor
Clayton Townsend .... special production assistant
Lois Zetter .... production consultant
 

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107 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
Quentin Tarantino stated in an interview that this film is his favorite Brian De Palma movie. In fact, Tarantino cast John Travolta in Pulp Fiction (1994) because he liked his performance in this movie so much.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the pre-credit "slasher movie" sequence, the shadowed reflections of both the "slasher" (intended or, at least, credible) and the camera operator and his Steadicam (unintended) can be seen in the tile wall to the right of the showering girl. Perhaps the reason the girl was hired, as explained to John T's character in the projection room by the film's producer, was thought to be a sufficient distraction so as to preclude a retake.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Terry:Jesus, that's terrible.
Mixer:That's a terrible scream. Jack, what cat did you have to strangle to get that?
Jack Terry:The one you hired. That's her scream.
Mixer:You mean you didn't dub that?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Amber Alert (2012)See more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Did you hear that… the sound of murder, 14 November 2009
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Brian De Palma's ''Blow Out'' starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen and John Lithgow would go down as my favourite film (just ahead of "Causalities of War" and ''Dressed to Kill'') of his on-going filmography. Usually I find him to be an on-and-off director, and ''Blow Out'' was switched on. It's one of those presentations that doesn't just hold you there with its captivating sombre murder mystery (similar to Blow-Up and 'The Conversation') relating to a political conspiracy, but also De Palma's showy technical side is nothing short than exquisitely striking. Well you might say that's the case for most of his work, however on this occasion its extremely well controlled to balance the story and it isn't so much the peering camera and sharp editing (although still commendably evident and how can you go wrong with split frames) but the ingenious use of sound effects and the ironic nature of our main protagonist being an audio technician for b-grade horror movies (which within the building he works bestows some cool horror posters that fans will surely pick up on).

The layered story has that old-fashion noir quality, with the momentum building upon mood and suspense constructing illuminating atmospherics and consisting of fitting performances. While the brooding plot screws around with its webby developments and taut tension, never does the suspiciously tactical script entirely pick it apart with any sort of depth or rationality. In the end its quite basic. However this made the harrowing impact of the film's conclusion even more lasting, as the emotional brunt came from De Palma's intensely slick visual work like the stirring slow-motion climax with Pino Donaggio's harrowing score (which holds a delightfully crisp and variable arrangement throughout). It's top drawer in De Palma's illustratively intimate details oozing with colour, tones and shades with it being served by some beautifully projected expressive photography and a lingering nasty current. An excellent John Travolta brings a convicted temperament to the lead and a bubbling Nancy Allen adds a perky injection. A precisely scheming performance by John Lithgow is truly menacing. Also in support is Denis Franz.

An enjoyably stylish, if simple thriller.

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