Blow Out

Synopsis: This stylish Brian De Palma thriller plays off the theme of the unsuspecting witness who discovers a crime and is thereby put in grave danger, but with a novel twist. 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.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): Brian De Palma
Production: Filmways Pictures
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Hey, will you guys shut up in there?


Oh, sh*t.

What the hell is going on in here?

I am trying to study for a final.

Yeah, we have finals too.

Ever hear of modern dance?

- Can't you study to music?

- No, I can't study to music!

- Turn it down or do I have to go to Sue?

- Go to Sue, then. F*** off.

- I'm going to Sue!

- I'm going to Sue.


- Get off of me!

- What?

Oh! Oh!

Oh, there's somebody out there.

Come on! There's somebody out there!

- There's nobody out there.

- There is!

- Calm down.

- I can't calm down.

You better take care of it,

cos I can't study with this disco music.

All right, move. Come on.

Oh, look. The little fink

brought back the master fink.

- The music's not loud.

- Yes, it is.

God, that scream is terrible.

- What cat did you strangle to get that?

- That's her voice.

- You didn't dub that?

- No.

- That's hers?

- Yeah.

- Oh, really?

- Yes.

Run it again. I wanna hear the scream.

- Run it?

- Yeah.

And kill all the effects

except for the scream.

Kill it.

You're right. It's hers. And it's sh*t.

Look, Jack, I didn't hire that girl

for her scream. I hired her for her tits.

Then why worry?

Who's gonna be watching her scream?

Wait a minute. Come on, Jack.

Look, how many years

have we worked together?

Let's see. I met you on Blood Bath, right?

And then we did Blood Bath II.

And then we did Bad Day at Blood Beach.

And then we did Bordello of Blood.

Well, that brings us up to date.

Co-ed Frenzy.

By the way, I didn't tell you this but...

I'd like to think this is our finest film.

- Almost two years.

- Oh, God. Five films in two years.

You know what I can't figure out? Why

a smart guy like you is still doing that sh*t.

Come on! You do the sh*t. I do the sound.

No, you do the sh*t. That wind sounds

like you're whistling in the crapper!

It's library stuff we used a million times.

That is the trouble!

I have heard it a million times!

- Get something new.

- New wind. Got it.

- And that scream. We gotta dub that.

- All right. Know any good screamers?

- I got a few ideas.

- I bet you do.

Just worry about the scream.

...a sweeping condemnation

of White House policies.

The same poll gave evidence

of a ground swell of support

for Governor George McRyan

in his bid for nomination.

If an election were held today, Governor

McRyan would win hands down,

drawing a remarkable 62 per cent

of the vote to the president's 23.

The president's campaign manager,

Jack Manners, told reporters.:

The president's had to make

some tough decisions.

But when these policies are carried out

and the economic climate improves,

as we confidently expect it will,

the people will rally to support

the president in the upcoming primaries.

A lot can happen between now and then.

Congress waits anxiously for Governor

McRyan to declare his candidacy.

They may not have long to wait. The

governor is now at the Bellevue Stratford

where he will soon address the kickoff

dinner of the Liberty Day celebration.

Some people think he will use the

occasion to throw his hat into the ring.

Joan, any word

from the Bellevue Stratford yet?

Not yet, Bill, but as soon as there is,

we will be going there live.

Liberty Day is one of the most eagerly

awaited of all Philadelphia celebrations.

But this year it's going to be extra special.

It is 100 years since the Liberty Bell

was last rung. To honour this centennial,

...a parade on Saturday

will end up at Penn's Landing

with a spectacular display of fireworks.

In addition, a full-size replica

of the Liberty Bell has been made

from pennies donated by schoolchildren

from every state in the Union.

And they'll be ringing it

after the fireworks at Penn's Landing.

That's right.

Hold it. We've got the Bellevue Stratford.

Let's go live to our political

correspondent, Frank Donahue,

at the Liberty Ball

at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel.

Frank, you look fabulous.

Have you spoken with the governor yet?

Yes, Joan, briefly. He just arrived.

I did ask the governor his impression

so far of this year's Liberty Day Jubilee.

He said he was honoured to be here

and plans to attend the parade and the

ringing of the new bell on Saturday night.

He felt it a shame the Liberty Bell

had been silenced for so long.

He looked forward to a new voice

of liberty throughout the land.

The governor is now greeting friends and

will be enjoying a meal in the ballroom.

But his people have told us

that he will speak to us after that meal.

I'm Frank Donahue. "Eye on the City"

News, Bellevue Stratford.

Thank you, Frank.

We'll be getting back to you later on.

Meanwhile, in other news,

a teacher's strike...

Let's take a walk

along the river here.

Mm. Nice.

- David, look. Someone's on the bridge.

- Let's not worry about that.

- He's staring right at us.

- Who cares?

- I care.

- Betsy.

- I don't wanna stay here. Let's go.

- Yeah, OK.

- What is he doing?

- I don't know.

- What is he, a Peeping Tom?

- Oh, who cares? Let's walk down there.

Jesus Christ.

Oh, God! Please help me!

Get me out of here, please!

Oh! Oh, God!

- A bang?

- Yeah, some sort of a bang.

- Where?

- I'm not sure where.

- You were facing the car?

- Yes.

Well, you heard the blowout.

Yes, but the first sound

I heard was a bang.

- Some kind of an echo.

- No.

Look, I know what an echo sounds like.

I'm a sound man.

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Brian De Palma

Brian Russell De Palma (born September 11, 1940) is an American film director and screenwriter. In a career spanning over 50 years, he is best known for his work in genres such as suspense, psychological thriller, and crime drama. His prominent films include mainstream box office hits such as Carrie (1976), Dressed to Kill (1980), Scarface (1983), The Untouchables (1987), and Mission: Impossible (1996), as well as cult favorites such as Sisters (1973), Blow Out (1981), Body Double (1984), Carlito's Way (1993), Femme Fatale (2002) and Redacted (2007).De Palma is often cited as a leading member of the New Hollywood generation of film directors. His directing style often makes use of quotations from other films or cinematic styles, and bears the influence of filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard. His films have frequently garnered controversy for their violence and sexual content, but have also been championed by prominent critics such as Roger Ebert and Pauline Kael. more…

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