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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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1.85 : 1
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The movie became the center of controversy among a Chilean religious group who wanted the film banned from being released in Chile due to scenes of lesbian sex. 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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Featured in Especial Cannes: 50 Anos de Festival (1997) See more »


Written by Joe Delia, Schoolly D
Performed by Schoolly D, Joe Delia
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Not among Ferrara's best films, but stimulating after all
5 June 2002 | by (Arenys de Mar, Catalonia, Spain) – See all my reviews

What is real stimulating about an Abel Ferrara movie is that, whether you like it or not, it'll never leave you indifferent. In my point of view, "The Blackout" is not among the better ones, I'd even call it a failure, but has some great moments and several points of interest. After all, it comes from Ferrara, one of the most personal looks in cinema today, and what comes from a great director, even if it's not that good, at least it's worth trying.

Be aware: it's difficult to come into "The Blackout" because it's basically confusing (too much I have to say). But even if it's not well handled, this style is coherent with the argument as far as Ferrara wants to bring to images the point of view of an alcoholic during a monumental hangover.

If you are capable of going through the first thirty minutes, you'll be rewarded with an stimulating reflection about addiction and the limits between fiction and reality: the key of the main character's enigmatic hangover seems to be found in the filming of an experimental movie... another excuse to reflect on the dark side of movie making and the status of the director.

Try it. Maybe you'll like it or maybe you'll end leaving it in the middle, but at least, this film will make you react in some way, which is not very usual in cinema today.

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