A police officer suspects that a local husband and father who has recently undergone facial surgery because of injuries received in a car accident is in reality the same man who committed a... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
4,224 ( 1,327)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Deadly Game (TV Movie 1991)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A group of seven strangers, including a dancer, a doctor, a teacher, and a disgraced former football player, are brought together on an island owned by the mysterious Osirus. There they are... See full summary »

Director: Thomas J. Wright
Stars: Michael Beck, Jenny Seagrove, Fredric Lehne
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A teenage vigilante seeks revenge on a group of violent thugs who raped her handicapped sister and killed her best friend.

Director: Danny Steinmann
Stars: Linda Blair, John Vernon, Robert Dryer
Blackout IV (2008)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Three people from different walks of life find themselves trapped inside a stalled elevator. What at first seems like an inconvenience rapidly escalates into a nightmare.

Director: Rigoberto Castañeda
Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Aidan Gillen, Armie Hammer
Extremities (1986)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A woman takes revenge on the man who invades her home and tries to rape her.

Director: Robert M. Young
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, James Russo, Alfre Woodard
Blackout (1978)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A black comedy of violent criminals who terrorize apartment dwellers during New York's 1977 power blackout.

Director: Eddy Matalon
Stars: James Mitchum, Robert Carradine, Belinda Montgomery
Trapped (TV Movie 1989)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Kathleen Quinlan is a woman working late in her locked High-Rise office building who along with Bruce Abbot struggle to elude a killer (Ben Loggins) trying to kill them.

Director: Fred Walton
Stars: Kathleen Quinlan, Bruce Abbott, Katy Boyer
Blue Steel (1989)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A female rookie in the police force engages in a cat and mouse game with a pistol wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, Clancy Brown
Miracle Mile (1988)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes.

Director: Steve De Jarnatt
Stars: Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, John Agar
Yentl (1983)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training.

Director: Barbra Streisand
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Amy Irving, Mandy Patinkin
Cry for the Strangers (TV Movie 1982)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A psychiatrist and his wife move into a quaint coastal town only to discover that a sinister presence is lurking there.

Director: Peter Medak
Stars: Patrick Duffy, Cindy Pickett, Lawrence Pressman
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.

Director: Stuart Baird
Stars: Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, Steven Seagal
10 (1979)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A Hollywood lyricist goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Dudley Moore, Bo Derek, Julie Andrews
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Allen Devlin
...
Chris Graham
...
Joe Steiner
...
Mike Patterson
Gerald Hiken ...
Theo Grant
Don Hood ...
Phil Murphy
...
Battered Child
Martina Deignan ...
Pauline
Paul Drake ...
John Davey
Lawrence Lott ...
Dr. Van Buren
...
Dr. Kay (as Ken Kimmins)
Murray Ord ...
Harlan French
Sheila Moore ...
Dr. Alcott
Jason Michas ...
Mark
Shana Lane-Block ...
Kathy
Edit

Storyline

A police officer suspects that a local husband and father who has recently undergone facial surgery because of injuries received in a car accident is in reality the same man who committed a quadruple murder several years before. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blackout - Bestie in Schwarz  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Was released theatrically in France. See more »

Connections

Featured in Forensic Files: Dinner and a Movie (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Twisted dedication
5 December 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Blackout is an HBO TV film that stars Richard Widmark as a dedicated cop who catches a grisly case of a family massacre along the lines of the infamous John List case. A wife and two children are slaughtered and the husband has skipped. Widmark pursues the case even into his retirement. I'm guessing seeing something like that will give you a twisted dedication.

The latest lead takes him to another town a few hundred miles away where Keith Carradine was an amnesia patient and no memory of his after surviving a fiery car crash and needing much plastic surgery. He marries his nurse Kathleen Quinlan and now they have three children seven years after the other incident.

Could he be Widmark's quarry? No evidence, no forensic evidence to go either way. There's another complicating factor, a serial rapist starts operating in the area whom the cops suspect is Carradine. At least one cop is pursuing that. Michael Beck has not forgotten that Carradine snatched Quinlan from him. He'd love to get him out of the way.

Widmark as the veteran cop dominates this film. Only at the beginning and the end does this film merit being called a slasher flick. Otherwise it's a good nail biting mystery.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
is this the one with a sledgehammer in the basement? KoreHall
Song? Zorro-3
Discuss Blackout (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?