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Blackout (1978)

Thriller about four sadistic criminals who, after escaping during a transfer, take over a posh Manhattan apartment complex and start looting and terrorizing its occupants during New York City's famous 1977 blackout.

Director:

Eddy Matalon

Writers:

John C.W. Saxton (script by), John Dunning (based on an idea of) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mitchum ... Dan Evans (as Jim Mitchum)
Robert Carradine ... Christie
Belinda Montgomery ... Annie Gallo
June Allyson ... Mrs. Grant
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Henri Lee
Ray Milland ... Richard Stafford
Don Granbery ... Chico (as Don Granberry)
Terry Haig Terry Haig ... Eddy
Victor B. Tyler Victor B. Tyler ... Marcus
Camille Ange Camille Ange
Maurice Attias Maurice Attias
David Bairstow David Bairstow
Thor Bishopric
David Bloom David Bloom
Fred Doederlein Fred Doederlein ... Mr. Grant
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Thriller about four sadistic criminals who, after escaping during a transfer, take over a posh Manhattan apartment complex and start looting and terrorizing its occupants during New York City's famous 1977 blackout.

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Taglines:

New York City: When the lights go out...The TERROR begins! See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New York Blackout See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 1,200,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the end when Robert Carradine tries to escape from the underground garage in a car, we clearly see that the (stunt) driver is on the right side of the car in half of the shots, then when they show the closeup of carradine again he's back on the left or driver's side. See more »

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New York enshrouded by darkness.
21 July 2010 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

All the lights are gone in New York during a citywide power failure.Four dangerous criminals escape from the prison bus and hide in a posh apartment building owned by wealthy Ray Milland.The convicts begin to terrorize the residents and it's up to Jim Mitchum to stop the orgy of violence and abuse...I haven't seen Eddy Matalon's tedious "Cathy's Curse" yet,but "Blackout" is a pretty tense exploitation thriller.The action is exciting and the cast is impressive.The few scenes of violence are quite hard-hitting.If you are into 70's gritty and washed out excursions into urban paranoia give "Blackout" a chance.This obscure flick deserves to be seen.8 blackouts of 10.


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