Blow Out
Blow Out (1981)

Brian De Palma's homage to Michelangelo Antonioni's classic art movie Blow-Up (1966) blends suspense and political paranoia when a Philadelphia soundman inadvertently records a murder. Former police technician Jack Terri (John… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1981
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a story inspired by Antonioni's Blow Up and a style informed by the high-gloss suspense of Hitchcock, DePalma's Blow Out is raw, politically informed, and littered with film references.

William Goss

Perfectly contrasts movies that reveal the truth against those which avoid it - a blood-drenched yet stake-free slasher vs. the far more insidious horrors of all-American living.

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

It's a great movie.

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Jordan Raup
The Film Stage

In a career fixated on the machinations of filmmaking presented through both a carnal and political eye, Brian De Palma's fascinations converged idyllically with Blow Out.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This 1981 release is one of Brian De Palma's more interesting and better-made thrillers, though it's even more abjectly derivative than his Hitchcock imitations.

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Time Out

Where Antonioni's images made you think, De Palma's merely make you blink, and the baroque plot confuses as often as it frightens.

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Bryant Frazer
Film Freak Central

If cynicism were a superhero franchise, Blow Out would be its origin story.

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Variety Staff

With attractive leads and a stylish flair for suspense, De Palma misses sustaining involvement by his distracting allusions to prior films.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A movie which continues [De Palma] practice of making cross-references to other movies, other directors, and actual historical events, and which nevertheless is his best and most original work.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The final moments of Blow Out are among the most shocking and powerful of De Palma's oeuvre, tacking a final note of irony onto a story that is in every other way a straightforward denunciation of power run amok.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
DePalma's most well executed tribute to the master of suspense (Alfred Hitchcock), this film features outstanding set pieces, standout performances from… More
Chris Weber
Mixing together Antonioni's Blow-Up and Coppola's The Converation with a bit of (restrained) Argento-esque giallo, Blow Out is Brian De Palma's… More
Kase Vollebregt
A potent thriller from DePalma that borrows from other aspects of cinema to create a visceral experience. Well shot, well acted, and original, 'Blow… More
Matheus Carvalho
Whatever happened to one of the most interesting efants terribles of the American Nouvelle Vague? Having had the chance of watching this and "Carrie"… More
Melvin White
Jack Terry: So you got your choice. You can be crazy or dead.  "Murder has a sound all of its own!" Classic Brian De Palma and classic John… More
Lewis C.
Blow Out is a pretty decent thriller from the early 80's staring John Travolta. Travolta plays a movie sound effects technician who accidentally records… More

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