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The Blackout (1997)

 -  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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Annie 1
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Mickey Wayne
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Mickey's Studio Actor (as Andy Fiscella)
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Storyline

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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What mysteries are trapped in the forgotten moments of our lives and what would we do to unlock them? See more »

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

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Box Office

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

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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 »

Quotes

Susan: Matty, I love you.
Matty: How can I love you back, when I don't even love myself?
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2 TO TANGO
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satisfying
1 October 2001 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

I don't understand all the negative reviews at imdb about this movie. There are a lot of things I liked. First, the camera techniques are wonderful and capture that floaty feeling when a person is high, confused, and purposeless. Second, i love the idea of a person blacking out during a critical moment of their lives, and feeling the need to reconstruct the events in order to know themselves. This movie did a great job of using this device as the plot. Third, the ending came as a surprise...it is not revealed until the last 10 minutes and it comes as a surprise that feels quite right.

I might add that I loved the scene when Modine drinks again, alone in a hotel room, and feels that familiar, egotistical feeling, as if drinking and getting high are enough to make a person important or substantive.


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