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Emma, a blind violinist who had recently undergone a revolutionary surgery, joins with a police detective to track a serial killer after she was an inadvertent witness to his latest crime.

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Michael Apted

Writer:

Dana Stevens
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Stowe ... Emma Brody
Aidan Quinn ... Detective John Hallstrom
James Remar ... Thomas Ridgely
Peter Friedman ... Dr. Ryan Pierce
Bruce A. Young ... Lt. Mitchell
Laurie Metcalf ... Candice
Matt Roth ... Officer Crowe
Paul Dillon ... Neal Booker
Michael P. Byrne ... Barry
Anthony Cannata ... Ned
Greg Noonan Greg Noonan ... Frank
Heather Schwartz Heather Schwartz ... Young Emma
Marilyn Dodds Frank Marilyn Dodds Frank ... Emma's Mother
Michael Stuart Kirkpatrick Michael Stuart Kirkpatrick ... Michael
Sean C. Cleland Sean C. Cleland ... Drover
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Storyline

Emma is an attractive girl in her 20s who has been blind for 20 years. A new type of eye operation partially restores her sight, but she is having problems: sometimes she doesn't "remember" what she's seen until later. One night she is awakened by a commotion upstairs. Peering out of her door, she sees a shadowy figure descending the stairs. Convinced that her neighbour has been murdered she approaches the police, only to find that she is unsure if it was just her new eyes playing tricks on her. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Taglines:

Illusion. Deception. Murder. In the blink of an eye things are not what they seem. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Treptaj See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,696,219
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Company Credits

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New Line Cinema See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dana Stevens's research into the screenplay revealed that delayed vision is not fictitious. See more »

Goofs

Emma Brody's address is listed as being on "West Damen". In Chicago, Damen runs north/south not east/west. See more »

Quotes

Emma Brody: The last time I looked I was a little girl. And I, I blink, and I look like my mother.
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INSULATED MAN
Performed by The Drovers
Written by Michael Kirkpatrick
Additional Vocals by Chantal Wentworth
Courtesy of MNM4EVR Music and New Line Music Co.
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Conventional premise made into an intelligent thriller!
18 February 1999 | by movieman9See all my reviews

There have been a load of psychological thrillers made in this decade, often heaped with sex and gratuitous violence. BLINK uses these familiar conventions, but becomes a powerhouse suspense flick with its convincing characters, ominous camera shots, and beautifully written script. Madeline Stowe stars as a blind violinist for a clubhouse band who is given her sight back with a fortunate (or unfortunate) corneal transplant. She has difficulty adjusting to the seeing world, having recurring images flashed back at her at inopportune times. Even with this handicap, she believes she has been an eyewitness to an escaping murderer, but her biggest feat is to convince the police department of her credibility. Aidan Quinn (an under-rated talent) plays the Chicago cop who believes her claim and falls in love with her in the process. What really stands in BLINK is the honesty in the leads' emotions, afraid to care again after the conventional one-night-stand. The atmosphere is most suspenseful, using Stowe's actual eyesight as a mystery in itself. Amidst all the crap that has been radiated from these types of films, BLINK delivers something credible for a change. Rating: Three stars.


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