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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 »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Brian De Palma's forgotten masterpiece. See more (147 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:
Peter Fey ... Extra (uncredited)

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
Ron Frazier .... carpenter foreman: Los Angeles
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
William Barrett .... carpenter (uncredited)
Tom Bowen .... carpenter (uncredited)
John Breen .... set dresser (uncredited)
Kam Cooney .... propmaker (uncredited)
Charlie Di Fabio .... carpenter (uncredited)
Roger Dudley .... propmaker (uncredited)
Tom Glover .... painter (uncredited)
Kevin Heppler .... carpenter (uncredited)
Davis Keniston .... art department (uncredited)
Moe Larson .... painter (uncredited)
Ted Lewandowski .... set dresser (uncredited)
Randy Martens .... greensman (uncredited)
Jack McIntyre .... painter (uncredited)
Fred Nicolai .... painter (uncredited)
Roderick Nunnally .... painter (uncredited)
Warren Smith .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
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)
Carl Pagano .... cable person (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)
James Dyer .... best boy grip (as Jim Dyer)
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
Jim Barnes .... gaffer (uncredited)
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Robert Devine .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bob Fillis .... electrician (uncredited)
John Geshay .... generator operator (uncredited)
Mike Greenley .... electrician (uncredited)
Daniel R. Jordan .... gaffer (uncredited)
László Kovács .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Bill Krattiger .... electrician (uncredited)
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
Terry H. Neville .... electrician (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
Michael Dennison .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Fran Quinlan .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Lisa J. Levine .... apprentice editor
Mark Rathaus .... apprentice editor
Gina Roose .... assistant editor
Joe Gawler .... video colorist (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Ted Kurdyla .... location manager
Chuck Nolen .... location scout
Robert Rothbard .... location coordinator
 
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)
Joseph Cimino Jr. .... consultant: Local 107 (uncredited)
John Connerton .... teamster (uncredited)
Mike Facchiano .... company steward: Local 107 (uncredited)
Kenneth Floyd .... teamster (uncredited)
Thomas J. Hoke .... transportation dispatcher (uncredited)
Dick Johnson .... teamster (uncredited)
Steve Lapenta .... chauffeur/escort (uncredited)
Hugh McEntyre .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Hugh McIntyre .... teamster (uncredited)
Vincent L. Modugno .... teamster (uncredited)
Bill Nuss .... teamster (uncredited)
Joseph Rinarello .... teamster (uncredited)
Dan Riportella .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Joseph Sammons .... teamster (uncredited)
Sam Schurr .... teamster (uncredited)
Larry Stott .... teamster (uncredited)
Bobby Tacker .... teamster (uncredited)
Edward Tenuto .... chauffeur/escort (uncredited)
Olivia Varnado .... teamster (uncredited)
Robert Vincent .... teamster (uncredited)
Tony Viscusi .... chauffeur/escort (uncredited)
Tim Was .... driver: motor home (uncredited)
 
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
Bob Le Mond .... production consultant
Linda Lee .... assistant: Mr. Litto
Shari Leibowitz .... production office coordinator
Ramona Lenny .... dialogue coach
Tom Miller .... unit publicist
Victor T. Salant .... auditor
Hannah Scheel .... script supervisor
Damon Sinclair .... production assisant
Clayton Townsend .... special production assistant
Lois Zetter .... production consultant
Susan Bender .... production office assistant (uncredited)
Sally Brim .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Brown .... film runner (uncredited)
Jim Campbell .... assistant dialogue coach (uncredited)
Joel L. Fink .... production assistant (uncredited)
John La Sala .... location production auditor (uncredited)
Larry Meoli .... assistant studio manager (uncredited)
Kate Novak .... production office assistant (uncredited)
Hugh O'Neill .... production assistant (uncredited)
Francis O'Shea .... craft service (uncredited)
Roger Joseph Pugliese .... production assistant (uncredited)
Randi Rosen .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Waxman .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
107 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Also alludes to the Watergate scandal and the JFK assassination.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Film crew visible during overhead shot after Jack crashes through police barricade.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Terry:No one wants to know about conspiracy any more!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Turba (2014)See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Brian De Palma's forgotten masterpiece., 19 September 2012
Author: Westlake123 from Norway

In 1981, Brian De Palma released what might be considered his "best" thriller to date. The "Slasher" genre was at full blossom, and the conspiracy driven, psychological thrillers of the 1970s were slowly declining in terms of popularity.

"Blow Out" stars John Travolta as Jack, a sound engineer for an independent movie picture, that discovers what first appears to be a tragic car-accident - is in fact a murder. Sally, who is rescued from the wreck by the protagonist (Travolta) himself stays as his counterpart though out the movie. Jack must set the story straight, and prove the police wrong.

De Palma is known for his themes of guilt, paranoia and obsession which work as essential parts for the character development in "Blow Out". It's a hell of ride from start to finish, and one can truly state that Brian De Palma is a master of suspense.

The acting of John Travolta is superb and convincing, and I dare to say that it's his best role to date. I was a bit skeptical to Nancy Allen at first, but her naive character grew on me over the course of the film, and might actually be one of the things that makes this film so great; that is believable character development without the often sudden change of identity.

Blow out is stylish, and both the directing of De Palma and cinematography of Vilmos Zsigmond is highly impressive. From beautifully shot scenes in the vein of Francis Ford Coppola to the drastic suspense of Hitchcock, De Palma uses all the best tricks in the book.

"Blow Out" is non-stop suspense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The last 15 minutes finale is quite extraordinary. The atmosphere, mood and cinematography are all close perfect. It truly is Brian De Palma's forgotten masterpiece.

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