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Blackout (1985)

A police officer suspects that a local husband and father who has recently undergone facial surgery because of injuries received in a car accident is in reality the same man who committed a... See full summary »

Director:

Douglas Hickox

Writers:

David Ambrose (screenplay), David Ambrose (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Carradine ... Allen Devlin
Kathleen Quinlan ... Chris Graham
Richard Widmark ... Joe Steiner
Michael Beck ... Mike Patterson
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken ... Theo Grant
Don Hood ... Phil Murphy
Dameon Clarke ... Battered Child
Martina Deignan Martina Deignan ... Pauline
Paul Drake ... John Davey
Lawrence Lott Lawrence Lott ... Dr. Van Buren
Kenneth Kimmins ... Dr. Kay (as Ken Kimmins)
Murray Ord Murray Ord ... Harlan French
Sheila Moore ... Dr. Alcott
Jason Michas ... Mark
Shana Lane-Block Shana Lane-Block ... Kathy
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A police officer suspects that a local husband and father who has recently undergone facial surgery because of injuries received in a car accident is in reality the same man who committed a quadruple murder several years before. Written by Anonymous

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Was released theatrically in France. See more »

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Featured in Forensic Files: Dinner and a Movie (2003) See more »

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Twisted dedication
5 December 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Blackout is an HBO TV film that stars Richard Widmark as a dedicated cop who catches a grisly case of a family massacre along the lines of the infamous John List case. A wife and two children are slaughtered and the husband has skipped. Widmark pursues the case even into his retirement. I'm guessing seeing something like that will give you a twisted dedication.

The latest lead takes him to another town a few hundred miles away where Keith Carradine was an amnesia patient and no memory of his after surviving a fiery car crash and needing much plastic surgery. He marries his nurse Kathleen Quinlan and now they have three children seven years after the other incident.

Could he be Widmark's quarry? No evidence, no forensic evidence to go either way. There's another complicating factor, a serial rapist starts operating in the area whom the cops suspect is Carradine. At least one cop is pursuing that. Michael Beck has not forgotten that Carradine snatched Quinlan from him. He'd love to get him out of the way.

Widmark as the veteran cop dominates this film. Only at the beginning and the end does this film merit being called a slasher flick. Otherwise it's a good nail biting mystery.


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Language:

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Release Date:

28 July 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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