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Blown Away (1994)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christofer de Oni ...
Cortez (as Chris de Oni)
Lucinda Weist ...
Brendan Burns ...
Tricia Heine ...
Connie (as Patricia A. Heine)


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 <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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bomb | irish | prison | ireland | mit | See All (127) »


Boom baby. Sweet dreams. See more »

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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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Explosiv  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)


$30,155,037 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Finn and Ruben Santiago-Hudson would later play police Captains on television programmes: Finn on Cold Case (2003) and Hudson on Castle (2009). See more »


When Forest Whitaker's character Anthony Franklin is jogging outside, he runs up a flight of stairs and stops right in front of the camera. The piece of tape marking the spot at which he is supposed to stop is clearly visible. See more »


Anthony Franklin: [to Jimmy] Don't you ever get tired of bein' a hero?
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Crazy Credits

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 »


References The Fugitive (1963) See more »


A Nation Once Again
Written by Thomas Osborne
Performed by Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones
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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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