Blink (1994)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  26 January 1994 (USA)
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Emma is a blind cellist who finally gets the opportunity to get to see. Meanwhile, a string of bizarre rapes and murders has taken place. All of the victims have had transplants within the last month. A coincidence, or is Emma next?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective John Hallstrom
Dr. Ryan Pierce
Lt. Mitchell
Officer Crowe
Anthony Cannata ...
Greg Noonan ...
Heather Schwartz ...
Young Emma
Marilyn Dodds Frank ...
Emma's Mother
Michael Stuart Kirkpatrick ...
Sean C. Cleland ...


Emma is an attractive girl in her 20s who has been blind for 20 years. A new type of eye operation partially restores her sight, but she is having problems: sometimes she doesn't "remember" what she's seen until later. One night she is awakened by a commotion upstairs. Peering out of her door, she sees a shadowy figure descending the stairs. Convinced that her neighbour has been murdered she approaches the police, only to find that she is unsure if it was just her new eyes playing tricks on her. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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What you can't see, can kill you. See more »

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Rated R for sexuality, language and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assassínio nas Trevas  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)


$16,696,219 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The condition that Madeleine Stowe's character suffers from the film does actually exist. It's called retroactive hallucination. See more »


Emma Brody's address is listed as being on "West Damen". In Chicago, Damen runs north/south not east/west. See more »


Detective John Hallstrom: Did she have a boy friend that you know of?
Emma Brody: Yeah, she did.
Detective John Hallstrom: Was it just one guy, or did she have a lot of different guys?
Emma Brody: No, one guy.
Detective John Hallstrom: How do you know it was one guy?
Emma Brody: I could hear him.
Detective John Hallstrom: Okay. You gotta name on him? You know his name?
Emma Brody: [dead pan] "Oh baby"
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Performed by The Drovers
Written by Michael Kirkpatrick
Additional Vocals by Chantal Wentworth
Courtesy of MNM4EVR Music and New Line Music Co.
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I can't see things that are right in front of me, and I can see things that couldn't be there.
22 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Blink is directed by Michael Apted and written by Dana Stevens. It stars Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn, James Remar, Paul Dillon, Peter Friedman, Bruce A. Young and Laurie Metcalfe. Music is by Brad Fiedel and cinematography by Dante Spinotti. Story sees Stowe as Emma Brody, who after being blind for 20 years receives a double cornea transplant that mostly restores her sight. However, she's subject to something known as "retroactive vision" which means that what her blurry vision at first sees doesn't register to the brain sometime later. A problem, now, because there has been a murder committed upstairs at her apartment complex and she's the only "eye" witness to the murderer.

It's all set up to be a standard woman in peril thriller, the kind that drops into the cinema on a yearly basis. But thanks to some technical smarts and a terrific performance by Stowe, Blink is one of the better films from this particular sub-genre. It's a bit saggy in the middle, where, probably thanks to the success of Basic Instint and Sea of Love in the five years previously, Apted and co try to turn it into an "erotic" thriller as Stowe and Quinn's surly copper form a relationship, but it's genuinely tense and the novelty of Emma's unusual affliction never wears thin.

Apted and his team have devised a unique visual effect that lets us see the world through Emma's unusual eyes, and the result is very unsettling. Blurry focus blends with wobbly vision and this allows for scary moments that stretch the concept across the films running time. It's of course a hokey premise, and the formula at the core of the plot is nothing new, but the character of Emma, coupled with her "affliction" is. Emma is no poor victim looking for sympathy, she's spunky, sexy and not suffering fools gladly. She lives as an independent, plays fiddle in a Celtic rock band (The Drovers playing themselves) and is full of feminine whiles. Stowe really gets to grips with the character and convinces fully. Quinn is OK, plays sarcastic and moody with ease, while Apted has a keen eye for the Chicago locale and Spinotti's photography is gorgeous in colour tones.

It needed a better, more frantic, ending, and that over played mid-section stops it from being from the top draw of thrillers, but otherwise it's well worth a look for potential first time viewers. 7/10

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