Blow Out

Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust.

Directed by: Brian De Palma
Genres: Thriller, Crime, Mystery,
Production Company: Cinema 77, Filmways Pictures,

Blow Out - Murder has a sound all of its own! - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 24-07-1981
  • Runtime: 108 Minutes
  • Popularity: 9.95
  • Vote Count: 913
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4
  • Budget: USD 18,000,000
  • Revenue: USD 12,000,000
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
  • Homepage: N/A

Photo Name Character
John Travolta - Azwaad Movie Database John Travolta Jack Terry
Nancy Allen - Azwaad Movie Database Nancy Allen Sally Badina
John Lithgow - Azwaad Movie Database John Lithgow Burke
Dennis Franz - Azwaad Movie Database Dennis Franz Manny Karp
Peter Boyden - Azwaad Movie Database Peter Boyden Sam
Curt May - Azwaad Movie Database Curt May Donahue
John Aquino - Azwaad Movie Database John Aquino Det. Mackey
John McMartin - Azwaad Movie Database John McMartin Lawrence Henry
Deborah Everton - Azwaad Movie Database Deborah Everton Hooker
J. Patrick McNamara - Azwaad Movie Database J. Patrick McNamara Detective at Hospital
Photo Name Department
Brian De Palma-Writing Brian De Palma Writing (Screenplay)
Brian De Palma-Directing Brian De Palma Directing (Director)
Fred C. Caruso-Production Fred C. Caruso Production (Executive Producer)
Vilmos Zsigmond-Camera Vilmos Zsigmond Camera (Director of Photography)
Pino Donaggio-Sound Pino Donaggio Sound (Original Music Composer)
Paul Hirsch-Editing Paul Hirsch Editing (Editor)
Dan Sable-Sound Dan Sable Sound (Supervising Sound Editor)
Paul Sylbert-Art Paul Sylbert Art (Production Design)
George Litto-Production George Litto Production (Producer)
Bill Mesce Jr.-Writing Bill Mesce Jr. Writing (Screenplay)

See Full Cast & Crew of Blow Out

John Chard

Superior entry on De Palma's CV. Brian De Palma has always gotten a bad rap for his penchant for essaying his heroes and favourite thrillers, what often gets forgotten is just how great he could be in crafting said thrillers. Blow Out has John Travolta as a sound engineer for low budget horror movies, who while out recording sounds one night witnesses a car crash and dives into the river to rescue the call girl trapped in the back seat (Nancy Allen). Upon listening back to the footage of the crash, he hears two noises which point to a gun shot being fired at the car. So with the dead man in the car turning out to be a big political mover, he quickly finds himself spun into a web of intrigue, peril, paranoia and conspiracies. Can he and the girl stay alive long enough to solve the case? Blow Out finds De Palma at the top of his game, blending the twisty plot dynamics with virtuoso technical smarts. A number of scenes are striking, both visually and in execution and the garnering of acting performances. Pino Donaggio provides an unforgettable music score to marry up to the layers of sub-plots folding together, and cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond sharpens the primary colours (pic is awash with lurid pinks and purples - true neo-noir style) to give the story a Giallo like sheen that runs concurrent with the emotional states of the major players. A sprawling and bustling Philadelphia plays host to a conspiracy sandwich, with a corking side order of the film making process. Sometimes bleak and complex (how great it is to find a true noir finale), but never over stuffed, Blow Out is both thrilling and smart, while Travolta has never been better and John Lithgow is tailor made as the unstoppable crack-pot unleashed into our two protagonists' world. 9/10

id : 54a945ccc3a3680c21004b3f

_**Colorful De Palma crime mystery with Travolta and Lithgow**_ A sound effects man in Philadelphia (John Travolta) obtains evidence that a fatal accident involving the governor wasn’t really an accident, which thrusts him into danger with shady characters. John Lithgow, Dennis Franz and Nancy Allen are all somehow involved in the nefarious conspiracy. Written & directed by Brian De Palma, "Blow Out” (1981) is a crime drama/thriller whose colors, artistic style, cast and Philadelphia locations make it worthwhile. It’s similar to Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation” (1974) but more dynamic. Allen plays a ditzy character, yet is alluring and enjoyable, while Travolta is in his prime. Meanwhile Lithgow makes for a great shady character. I loved the colorful, well-staged sequence under the Henry Avenue Bridge, but started to lose interest in the second half for some reason. The storytelling became increasingly contrived. Nevertheless, respectable critics rave about this flick. The film runs around 1 hour, 48 minutes, and was shot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; with additional stuff done in New York City and Burbank, California. GRADE: B-

id : 60c794ec6c0b36006f7d28cd

Recommendate Movies


1976 - 6.5

New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting ...

Phantom of the Paradise

1974 - 7.5

Fledgling singer-songwriter Winslow Leach finds himself double-crossed by the nefarious music producer Swan, who steals both his music and the girl Winslow wants to sing it, Phoenix, for ...

Body Double

1984 - 6.7

After losing an acting role and his girlfriend, Jake Scully finally catches a break: he gets offered a gig house-sitting in the Hollywood Hills. While peering through the ...

Dressed to Kill

1980 - 6.9

A mysterious blonde woman murders one of a psychiatrist's patients, and now she's after the prostitute who witnessed it.


1973 - 6.8

Inquisitive journalist Grace Collier is horrified when she witnesses her neighbor, fashion model Danielle Breton, violently murder a man. Panicking, she calls the police. But when the detective ...


1976 - 7.3

Carrie White, a shy and troubled teenage girl who is tormented by her high school peers and her fanatically religious mother, begins to use her powers of telekinesis ...

Dead Reckoning

1947 - 6.7

Paratroopers Captain 'Rip' Murdock and Sergeant Johnny Drake are mysteriously ordered to travel to Washington, DC. When Drake learns that he is to be awarded the Medal of ...

The Best Way to Walk

1976 - 6.5

In a vacation camp somewhere in the French country, 1960. Marc et Philippe are two of the counsellors. Marc is very virile, while Philippe is more reserved. A night, ...

Blue Velvet

1986 - 7.7

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group ...


1977 - 7.4

Four men from different parts of the globe, all hiding from their pasts in the same remote South American town, agree to risk their lives transporting several cases ...

Body Parts

1991 - 5.8

A criminal psychologist loses his arm in a car crash, and becomes one of three patients to have their missing limbs replaced by those belonging to an executed ...

The Conversation

1974 - 7.6

Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his ...

Around The Web