An Irish bomber escapes from prison and targets a member of the Boston bomb squad.



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Jimmy Dove works for the bomb squad in Boston and he is always the one who is on the tough jobs. One day he decides to quit the force and to become a teacher for the rookies of the squad. A few days later his former partner is killed by a bomb and Jimmy becomes suspicious that maybe this bomb could have been built by a former friend of himself. He begins to investigate and finds out that his worst nightmare has returned from his past. Written by Harald Mayr <>

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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1 July 1994 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)


$30,155,037 (USA)

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Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones are good friends in real life. Also they were both considered to play Snake Plissken in Escape from New York before Kurt Russell got the part. See more »


The final car crash scene occurs near Boston Common on the corner of Joy and Beacon Street, as the car comes out of Joy onto Beacon. While it appears that much of the footage was filmed on Joy or adjacent streets, it could not have happened the way it did in the movie. Joy Street is only about a quarter mile long, and all but the final half block (shown correctly in the movie) is uphill when going toward Boston Common. This would obviously ruin the plot line that they couldn't apply the car's brakes. The stunt sequence when Jimmy jumps to the jeep from the motorcycle was shot going down Anderson St. on the other side of Beacon Hill (northbound) where it crosses Phillips. (A lot of movie lights are visible in the open, though.) See more »


Anthony Franklin: Know what you're looking for, lieutenant?
James 'Jimmy' Dove: What are you? My shadow?
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This film is dedicated to the memory of Officer Jeremiah J. Hurley of the Boston Bomb Squad, and to the more than Three Thousand Certified Bomb Technicians throughout the world who risk their lives for our safety every day. See more »


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Written by Curtis Reginald Lewis
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Like Speed this strong competitor, might blow you away too
18 February 2015 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

On at the same time as Speed, in the good ol year of 94, here's another exciting actioner, better for the fact, (although we can't deny Speed was an adrenaline pump filled ride of such electric intensity) we actually see with great insight, how these bomb disposal boys work. It's one stressful job, and when you have a terrorist bomb operating mastermind, who's not your usual pain in the arse bomber, it becomes a real nightmare. Tommy Lee Jones gives another great performance, like the one in Under Siege, where he worked his magic in that role. Here he plays another nutter but Irish, and the accent I must admit didn't come off that well, tried and phoney, but it's the performance you'll remember when you think about this movie. Bridges, plays Jimmy Dove, head of the bomb squad, where we too share the good times away from work, but some tragic moments too (one involving his good friend- Jeff Bridges Senior who can't be diffused in times. The smarts of Jones's character is intensely scary, as this is a terrorist not played for a fool, and knows everything about bombs, and how to use them to kill innocents. Bridges makes one remark- refer movie title, regarding what happens to men, who stay in the bomb disposal business. There are extremely intense moments that are gold, ones which involve diffusing, and watching Jones, who's waged a war against Bridges's character, you would of figured him for someone showing a lot of anger but Macready (Jones) it's in held, where we really don't know what move he'll make, or where he'll spring up next. One quick zoom in shot on Macready, played against U2'S song "I still haven't found what I'm looking for" I must say paints an ambiguous and exciting picture of his character. Why Blown Away is better than a lot of others is we just don't watch the characters, we share their lives, away from this suicidal choice of employment, and really get to know them. The climax in a near two hour film is intense, some sweat will be pouring of your brow, and when you two great actors like Bridges, me an avid fan of him, and Jones it's makes the experience even more enjoyable and absorbing, which this film is. For lovers of Speed. A fine psychological terrorist actioner, though very darkly shot, very much Arlington Roadish.

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