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Blow Out

Blow Out

Director: Brian De Palma
Writer: Brian De Palma
Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow
Review By: Griff

Ok, here is another throw back review for the movie fans out there. Brian De Palma is pretty well known for being a disciple of Alfred Hitchcock. This is especially true with some of his early movies like Sisters and Dressed To Kill. While he is definitely no Hitchcock, he did make some pretty entertaining thrillers back in the early 80’s. Blow Out is a little bit of an overlooked classic.

John Travolta plays Joe, a sound producer who, while recording some outdoor sounds at night, inadvertently records a car accident. It turns out that there was a presidential candidate in the car with a prostitute. The police try and cover up the accident and convince Joe to do the same. Joe cannot let it go however, and when he listens to his recording he becomes convinced that he hears a gun shot before the accident. So he decides to try and figure out what really happened.

Blow Out is a nice little thriller with an unconventional ending. Quentin Tarantino has said that Travolta’s performance in this movie is the reason why he wanted him for Pulp Fiction. Definitely worth a watch if you looking for something off the beaten path.



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