The Blackout (1997)

R  |   |  Drama  |  11 June 1997 (France)
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A debauched Hollywood movie actor tries to piece together one wild night in Miami years earlier which remains a drug-induced blur, and soon finds out that some questions about his past are best left unanswered.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie 1
Annie 2
Mickey Wayne
Mickey's Studio Actor
Mickey's Studio Actress
Nancy Ferrara ...
Mickey's Studio Actress
Mickey's Studio Actor (as Andy Fiscella)
Vincent Lamberti ...
Mickey's Studio Actor
Script Girl
Nicholas De Cegli ...
Miami Drug Dealer
Fly Girl (Daphne)
Mercy Lopez ...
Fly Girl (Jasmine)
Lori Eastside ...
That Girl


Matty is a film star who is tired of Hollywood life and moves to Miami, where he makes a proposal to his girlfriend Annie. She is not ready to marry him, and it is revealed that she had an abortion. Depressed because he lost his baby (though it was him who initially asked for abortion), Matty, together with his friend Micky, go on a wild night, they meet a waitress also called Annie and in the end of the night Matty passes out. A year and a half later Matty lives in New York, leads a clean life visiting AA meetings and has a relationship with attractive blonde Susan. He is still obsessed with Annie and returns to Miami, where unexpected news about Annie 2 (the waitress) waits for him. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong pervasive drug use, language, sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 June 1997 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Blackout  »

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Opening Weekend:

DEM 25,539 (Germany) (6 February 1998)


DEM 25,539 (Germany) (6 February 1998)

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When Matthew Modine first read the script, he told Abel Ferrara that he thought it was horrifying. See more »


Susan: Matty, I love you.
Matty: How can I love you back, when I don't even love myself?
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Written by Abel Ferrara, Joe Delia
Performed by Gretchen Mol
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Guilt trippin'
1 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

No one can make guilt look as beautiful as Abel Ferrara. In 'The Blackout' he drags you down into a mud of obsession, self-loathing and substance-abuse, showing you that anxiety can be a trip in itself. The timeline is torn and bent out of shape, and it feels like half the movie is a flashback. Combine that with several layers of superimposed tripping and artistic handheld video footage of erotic dancers and you have something resembling 'The Blackout'. The acting is almost as excellent as the direction. Matthew Modine plays surprisingly well as the tortured Hollywood actor, and both Beatrice Dalle and Claudia Schiffer play their (albeit flat) characters flawlessly. I feel however that Dennis Hopper has started regurgitating what has become his only personality, and it wears thin. I usually love his performance, but in this film I could have done without him. Some will stress the need for a clearly defined plot, thereby completely dismissing efforts like this. A shame, since Ferrara is one of the few directors who can convincingly create a view into the depths of human depravation. The film is filled with great visuals, and carries a very recognizable Ferrara-look, feel and theme.

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