Blow Out


Critics out to brand Brian De Palma a misogynistic rip-off merchant seize on this 1981 thriller as Exhibit A. But it also serves as vital evidence in any defence action. A superb exercise in pure suspense, it tracks John Travolta's movie soundman as he explores the death of a presidential hopeful. Borrowing from both Francis Coppola's The Conversation and Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up, Blow Out is as gripping as either, but much more accessible.

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