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  (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
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
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)
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
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
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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107 min
Color (Technicolor)
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The two main characters were much older and more cynical in an earlier draft of the script.See more »
Continuity: Manny Karp's cigar jumps from his mouth to his hand as he sits Sally down during their conversation in his apartment.See more »
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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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Nobility That You Perish From: Still Worthy Of Doing, 26 June 2015
Author: garthbarnes-83945 from United States

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DePalma's best film by a mile and also as dark as night. It has his moral core but it is unrelenting. Sally set up a politician to be killed; Jack saved her but like his master Hitch she is doomed. Want to understand the movie's essence?, it occurs in the most brilliant image of Brian DePalma's career. Sally walks in the station chattering to Jack, as she prattles, the camera pulls back and up to God's eye and with the black angel of death towering over her horrifically: that is Brian DePalma. This is the entire movie in one single image. Jack saved her but she must die. She was manipulated by Manny but she caused another's death; her fate is sealed. Like Marion in PSYCHO, she must be destroyed. Jack is not Caul from THE CONVERSATION who hides within his technology from the horrible things he has done to people, for a handful of dollars. He flees into the minutia of recording, speaks as laconically as possible, running from people. Jack uses his skills to trap the murderer, sadly, he starts the unstoppable concatenation of events that end up with Sally dead on the steps. Notice the existential and moral differences between the characters, actually, Jack is morally opposite of THE CONVERSATION'S Caul.

The film is like midnight. It is not for kiddies. Lithgow's Burke is one of the coldest monsters ever depicted in film. He begins shadowing Jack, killing hookers, so that his real target Sally will be lost among the victims. His garroting and hanging of a hooker in the restroom, with her kicking legs, is one disturbing scene. Notice how you do not need gallons of blood to be frightening. Hitchcock and DePalma imply not show; the mark of directors who possess minds. The film is unyielding; the ending doomed it at the box office. I admire Brian's courage to make the ending that I assure you Hitch would have made. With the fireworks exploding, as Jack ascends the stairs all of you who have cared for, like me, dying people know what he is going to experience. As he pulls him off her, sees her dead, grabs her and holds her: it models the hardest of all duties, caring for the doomed.

The film does not show Jack's suicide but it does not have to. His producer has the scream he coveted never grasping what the sounds mean. Jack does now. Like SNAKE EYES, where Rick sees the blood on the money, truly for the very first time. "I never killed anyone before," hear the realization in his voice. Here, the screams destroy him. We last see Jack on a winter bench listening to Sally's screams of terror. He rams his hands over his ears; they destroy him. DePalma like Hitch wants you to see that some goodness will obliterate you; it is still worthy of doing. He paints morality in both movies as quite expensive. It is a bit more than sending the positive energy. Rick, in SNAKE EYES, loses everything. Jack, in BLOW OUT, is destroyed. We know what the screams will do to him. Yet, even when it destroys you, it still is worthy of doing. The master's best movie by a mile.

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