MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 771 this week

The Blackout (1997)

R  |   |  Drama  |  11 June 1997 (France)
5.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.3/10 from 1,783 users   Metascore: 37/100
Reviews: 22 user | 22 critic | 4 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 547 titles
created 26 Mar 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 23 Oct 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 21 Nov 2011
 
a list of 384 titles
created 01 Aug 2012
 
a list of 5078 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Blackout" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Blackout (1997)

The Blackout (1997) on IMDb 5.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Blackout.
3 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A look at how a painter and a successful actor spend their last day together before the world comes to an end.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Natasha Lyonne
Sci-Fi | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A teenage girl and her father discover alien clones are replacing humans on a remote U.S. military base in Alabama.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Gabrielle Anwar, Meg Tilly, Terry Kinney
Ms .45 (1981)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A shy and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York after dark and randomly kills men with a .45 caliber gun.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Zoë Lund, Bogey, Albert Sinkys
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Chelsea on the Rocks celebrates the personalities and artistic voices that have emerged from the legendary residence, the Chelsea Hotel, in the heart of New York. Once considered an ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Ira Cohen, Gerald Busby, Stanley Bard
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderon
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Mr. Devereaux is a powerful man. A man who handles billions of dollars every day. A man who controls the economic fate of nations. A man driven by a frenzied and unbridled sexual hunger. A man who dreamed of saving the world and who cannot save himself. A terrified man. A lost man.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset, Marie Mouté
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A New York film director, working on his latest movie in Los Angeles, begins to reflect the actions in his movie and real life, especially when he begins an affair with the lead actress.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Madonna, James Russo
Pasolini (2014)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A kaleidoscopic look at the last day of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1975.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ninetto Davoli
The Funeral (1996)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

New York City, the 1930s. A powerful crime family is caught in a lethal crossfire between union organizers and brutal corporate bosses. Against this turbulent backdrop, the family's three ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Annabella Sciorra
The Addiction (1995)
Horror | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A New York philosophy grad student turns into a vampire after getting bitten by one, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, Annabella Sciorra
The Loner (TV Movie 1988)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: John Terry, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Constance Towers
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Matty
...
Susan
...
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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

11 June 1997 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Blackout  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Mickey Wayne: It's not a question of "Did I"? It's "Do I remember"?
See more »

Connections

Featured in Especial Cannes: 50 Anos de Festival (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

MURDER ONE
Written by Joe Delia, Schoolly D
Performed by Schoolly D, Joe Delia
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


10 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
who? :S mail-1311
does anybody recognise the painting okakisi
Discuss The Blackout (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?