Blow Out (1981)

Blow Out (1981, USA) C-108m. SCOPE *** D: Brian De Palma. Starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, Peter Boyden, Curt May. Another fine thriller by expert De Palma: Sound effects engineer Travolta happens to record a fatal car accident, which may have been an assassination. Along with na´ve Allen, who he saved from the car, he investigates the case. Beginning is best part in this well-directed thriller, the contrivances begin to show only towards the end. Especially fun for film buffs, as references range from Antonioni (BLOWUP) to Hitchcock and Argento. Photographed by Vilmos Zsigmond, score by Pino Donaggio.


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