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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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What mysteries are trapped in the forgotten moments of our lives and what would we do to unlock them? 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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Dolby | Dolby SR

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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 »

Quotes

[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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Another walk on the dark side with Abel Ferrara
8 July 2000 | by stephen nizSee all my reviews

Neurosis and character antipathy do not make for commercial success. THE BLACKOUT bypassed cinemas in the US, and here in Australia. The multiplex monster has no room for mavericks like Ferrara.

As there are no others quite like the rebellious Ferrara, he takes liberties from his own catalogue. This time, there are shades of SNAKE EYES (1993), and it pre-empts NEW ROSE HOTEL (1998). In form though, it owes much more to Hitchcock, and VERTIGO.

Like VERTIGO, THE BLACKOUT masquerades as a thriller, but is more concerned with the nature of identity. Relocating to Miami, the film is aesthetically great, though Modine looks (justifiably) clueless. The axis of the film is the concept rather than plot and the clash of high-art pretension with low-brow sleaze is conscious.

Some ideas don't come off, and the form of THE BLACKOUT is awkward. But if it is too cold and removed for most filmgoers tastes, it is still a showcase for an uncompromising, daring director, willing to upset accepted conventions.

The biggest disappointment is that his invention is left in this case to an unheralded release, and will go largely unnoticed.


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