Blow Out

Blow Out

Directed by Brian De Palma • 1981 • United States
Starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow

In the enthralling BLOW OUT, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. He enlists the help of a possible eyewitness to the crime (CARRIE’s Nancy Allen), who may be in danger herself, to uncover the truth. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, BLOW OUT is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on moviemaking.

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Blow Out
  • Blow Out

    Directed by Brian De Palma • 1981 • United States
    Starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow

    In the enthralling BLOW OUT, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a p...

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  • Noah Baumbach Interviews Brian De Palma

    The following interview with BLOW OUT director Brian De Palma was conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbach in New York City in 2010.

  • Nancy Allen on BLOW OUT

    This interview with actress Nancy Allen was conducted in Los Angeles in January 2011.

  • Garrett Brown on BLOW OUT

    In this 2011 interview, cameraman Garrett Brown, the inventor of the Steadicam system, shares his recollections of shooting the “Co-ed Frenzy” scenes that appear at the beginning of BLOW OUT.

  • Murder à la Mod

    MURDER À LA MOD, Brian De Palma’s experimental 1967 feature, is, like BLOW OUT, a thriller that takes place in the world of moviemaking. Scenes from it can be glimpsed in BLOW OUT, on Manny Karp’s television. The complete 80-minute film is presented here.