Blow Out (1981) Poster



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.
The use of a split-focus diopter lens is evident in several scenes, in particular the sound recording scene and the hospital scene. The split-focus lens is attached to the main lens, and it affects only the left or right portion of the main lens' view. This changes the focal distance of part of the image, allowing objects at two distances (in the foreground and background) to be in sharp focus.
John Travolta suffered from insomnia during the shoot. His lack of sleep helped him create a very moody performance and is why his character seems so downtrodden throughout the movie.
In the French version, John Travolta's voice was dubbed by Gérard Depardieu.
During the editing process, two reels of footage from the Liberty Parade sequence were stolen and were never to be seen again. This meant that the scenes had to be reshot at a cost of $750,000. Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond was no longer available, so he was replaced by László Kovács.
Brian De Palma got the idea for the story while doing the sound mix on his previous movie, Dressed to Kill (1980).
The accident at the start of the film alludes to the Kennedy incident at Chappaquiddick.
The two main characters were much older and more cynical in an earlier draft of the script.
Also alludes to the Watergate scandal and the JFK assassination.
Al Pacino was director Brian De Palma's first choice for the role of Jack Terry. When he proved unavailable John Travolta was signed, prompting a suggestion from at least one studio executive to cast Olivia Newton-John, Travolta's Grease (1978) co-star, in the role of Sally (which De Palma refused).
John Lithgow was afraid that he might seriously hurt Nancy Allen during the filming of the climax.
The underwater components of the car crash on the bridge set piece were shot in a huge tank in California. Nancy Allen suffers from claustrophobia and hence had a hard time with being trapped in the car in the underwater scenes.
The first film Brian De Palma used a Steadicam in.
The idea of a man discovering a crime by listening to a recording is a reinterpretation of Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blow-Up (1966), but using sound instead of photographs.
Film debut of Roberto Lombardi.
When John Travolta was cast in the male lead, Nancy Allen was immediately considered for the female lead.
Nancy Allen envisioned the character of Sally as a little rag doll.

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