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The Blackout (1997)

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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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Abel Ferrara

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Abel Ferrara (screenplay), Marla Hanson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Matty
Claudia Schiffer ... Susan
Béatrice Dalle ... Annie 1
Sarah Lassez ... Annie 2
Dennis Hopper ... Mickey Wayne
Steven Bauer ... Mickey's Studio Actor
Laura Bailey ... Mickey's Studio Actress
Nancy Ferrara Nancy Ferrara ... Mickey's Studio Actress
Andrew Fiscella ... Mickey's Studio Actor (as Andy Fiscella)
Vincent Lamberti Vincent Lamberti ... Mickey's Studio Actor
Victoria Duffy ... Script Girl
Nicholas De Cegli Nicholas De Cegli ... Miami Drug Dealer
Daphne Duplaix ... Fly Girl (Daphne)
Mercy Lopez Mercy Lopez ... Fly Girl (Jasmine)
Lori Eastside Lori Eastside ... That Girl
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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

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the darkest secrets are the ones we hide from ourselves See more »


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

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USA | France

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Release Date:

11 June 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackout See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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When Matthew Modine first read the script, he told Abel Ferrara that he thought it was horrifying. See more »

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[first lines]
Matty: [voice-over] How do you answer a question that, you know, that...
Therapist: [voice-over] Have you looked at your life, are you satisfied with what and where you are in your life? What do you want to be different?
Matty: Ah, I want to be free... of my past. I want, I want...
Therapist: Well, what comes to mind, what are your options?
Matty: That's the problem, I mean what do I, what do I do? I can't get on with my life until I... solve... my past.
Therapist: And you say you have these nagging thoughts that you did something ...
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ONE FATEFUL DAY
Written by Abel Ferrara, Joe Delia
Performed by Gretchen Mol
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Gaps and relapses
12 December 2013 | by tieman64See all my reviews

Abel Ferrara's "Blackout" stars Matthew Modine as Matty, a self-loathing addict and Hollywood actor. Essentially a feature length short story, the film watches as Matty attempts to both crawl his way out of addiction and atone for an event which happened during a memory blackout. To say any more would be to spoil Ferrara's plot.

Suffice to say that Ferrara's aesthetic perfectly echoes Matty's hallucinatory mindset. Hazy and trance-like, and set in the slime-world of a neon-lit Miami, the film moves like a lava lamp. When he's not salivating over drugs and booze, Matty's knee deep in strippers, beautiful women and pornography. This, of course, all echoes Ferrara's own life; he was himself once an addict and pornographer.

"Blackout's" plot eventually becomes something akin to Hitchcock's "Vertigo". Here Matty is revealed to be a deeply disturbed man who chases doubles and who hungers irrationally for ghostly women. Unsurprisingly, Ferrara's portrayal of an addict/alcoholic is sympathetic and crackles with authenticity; Ferrara knows his material well. Strange for a film which features copious female nudity, the film sympathises with its women. Ferrara's nudity may be gratuitous, but is rarely erotic. The film co-stars a mostly inept Dennis Hopper and a occasionally raw and powerful Mathew Modine.

7.9/10 – Worth one viewing.


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