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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:
An enjoyable mix of `Blow-Up' and `The Conversation' 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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Trivia:
When John Travolta was cast in the male lead, Nancy Allen was immediately considered for the female lead.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Burke murders a girl who looks like Sally, to establish the fictitious serial killer's MO, and turns her over to look at her face, the dead girl blinks.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Terry:No one wants to know about conspiracy any more!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Christmas Cruelty! (2013)See more »

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56 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyable mix of `Blow-Up' and `The Conversation', 16 March 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Jack is a sound editor for small films. When he is out one evening recording background noises, he inadvertently records a car crash which kills a politician running for the US Presidency, although Jack saves a girl in the car. When pressured to say that the politician was alone, Jack finds that his recording may prove that it was murder and not an accident. However someone is cutting off the loose ends around the crime.

A clever rework of Blow-Up that is given a thriller twist and visual style by De Palma. The story is quite straight forward and doesn't contain too many twists and turns. However it does have a good premise at it's core and it builds to a suitably low-key ending.

De Palma works well with the material – at some points it's a little obtrusive, but he certainly can frame a shot. From his use of foreground and background focusing to the scene where Travolta realises what he has on tape – he has style to spare. He handles the ending well but perhaps feels he wants to be like Coppola a bit too much.

Pre-career dip Travolta gives his best performance before Pulp Fiction – he plays the everyman really well and is totally convincing. Allen is a little too squeaky and irritating, but get past this and she's OK. Franz is on-form as a sleazy opportunist, while Lithgow is chilling as a ruthless, clinical killer.

Overall it occasionally feels like there is more style than substance but everyone holds their end up and the result is a solid, enjoyable thriller that maybe pays a bit too much homage to other work.

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