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Personal Effects (DVD)
Personal Effects




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R (Restricted)

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1h 48min


Awards, 2 nominations


Brian De Palma


Brian De Palma, Bill Mesce Jr.


John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow

Produced by

Fred C. Caruso, George Litto

Music by

Pino Donaggio

Cinematography by

Vilmos Zsigmond

Film Editing by

Paul Hirsch

Casting By

Lynn Stalmaster

Production Design by

Paul Sylbert

Set Decoration by

Bruce Weintraub

Costume Design by

Vicki Sánchez

Makeup Department

Joe Cranzano, Leo Lotito Jr., Vivian McAteer, Lyndell Quiyou

Production Management

Fred C. Caruso, Robert Rothbard

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

James Dillon, John G. Fox, Lewis Gould, Joe Napolitano

Art Department

Joe Acord, Tom Bartholomew, Irwin 'Eppy' Epstein, Drew H. Fash, Ron Frazier, Mark Hollingsworth, Moe Larson, Daniel Loren May, Jim McGee, Erik L. Nelson, Jeannine Oppewall, Christopher Sylbert, William Barrett, Tom Bowen, John Breen, Kam Cooney, Charlie Di Fabio, Roger Dudley, Tom Glover, Kevin Heppler, Davis Keniston, Moe Larson, Ted Lewandowski, Randy Martens, Jack McIntyre, Chip Miller, Fred Nicolai, Roderick Nunnally, Warren Smith

Sound Department

Randall Coleman, Lowell Mate, Michael Moyse, Dan Sable, James M. Tanenbaum, Rimas Tumasonis, Dick Vorisek, Tom Fleischman, Brian L. McCarty, Carl Pagano

Special Effects by

Calvin Joe Acord, David Domeyer

Visual Effects by

Bill Hansard, Don Hansard, Wilson Tang


Rick Avery, Carey Loftin, Francis 'Skeets' Mariano, Durrell Nelson, Mike Pridgen, May Boss, Leslie Hoffman

Camera and Electrical Department

Dick Deats, James Dyer, Michael Gershman, Louis Goldman, Michael Green, Jan Kiesser, John Kirk, Rick Martens, Rexford L. Metz, Ken Nishino, Chuck Nolen, Gary Parker, Jonathan Smith, Larry Whitehead, Jim Barnes, Garrett Brown, Robert Devine, Bob Fillis, John Geshay, Mike Greenley, Daniel R. Jordan, László Kovács, Bill Krattiger, Gary Muller, Terry H. Neville, Scott Rathner

Casting Department

Lisa Freiberger, Joanna Oberman

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Sandy Berke Jordan, Claudia Everett, Laurie Riley, Ann Roth, Elizabeth Wasielewsky, Michael Dennison, Fran Quinlan

Editorial Department

Donah Bassett, Lisa J. Levine, Mark Rathaus, Gina Roose, Joe Gawler

Location Management

Ted Kurdyla, Chuck Nolen, Robert Rothbard, John La Sala

Music Department

Tom Jung, Jacquie Litto, Robert Q. Lovett, Natale Massara, Ralph Berliner

Script and Continuity Department

Hannah Scheel

Transportation Department

Arthur F. 'Mickey' McAteer, Joseph Cimino Jr., John Connerton, Mike Facchiano, Kenneth Floyd, Thomas J. Hoke, Dick Johnson, Steve Lapenta, Hugh McEntyre, Hugh McIntyre, Vincent L. Modugno, Bill Nuss, Joseph Rinarello, Dan Riportella, Joseph Sammons, Sam Schurr, Larry Stott, Bobby Tacker, Edward Tenuto, Olivia Varnado, Robert Vincent, Tony Viscusi, Tim Was

Additional Crew

Aaron Barsky, Susan Bartholomew, Debbie Brenner, Al Cerullo, Dick Delson, James Donahue, Joan Edwards, John G. Fox, Carin I. Gronhagen, T.J. Healy II, Gary Hill, George Hill, Gail Kearns, Bob Le Mond, Linda Lee, Shari Leibowitz, Ramona Lenny, Tom Miller, Victor T. Salant, Damon Sinclair, Clayton Townsend, Lois Zetter, Susan Bender, Sarah M. Brim, Jeff Brown, Jim Campbell, Joel L. Fink, Larry Meoli, Chip Miller, Kate Novak, Hugh O'Neill, Francis O'Shea, Roger Joseph Pugliese, Randi Rosen, Michael Waxman


Crime, Drama, Mystery


Filmways Pictures, Geria Productions, Geria Productions









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Short Description

Blow Out is a 1981 American neo-noir mystery thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma. The film stars John Travolta as Jack Terry, a movie sound effects technician from Philadelphia who, while recording sounds for a low-budget slasher film, serendipitously captures audio evidence of an assassination involving a presidential hopeful. Nancy Allen stars as Sally Bedina, a young woman involved in the crime. The supporting cast includes John Lithgow and Dennis Franz. The film s tagline in advertisements was, Murder has a sound all of its own .

Directly based on Michelangelo Antonioni s 1966 film Blowup, the film replaces the medium of photography with the medium of audio recording. The concept of Blow Out came to De Palma while he was working on the thriller Dressed to Kill (1980). The film was shot in the late autumn and winter of 1980 in various Philadelphia locations on a relatively substantial budget of $18 million.

Blow Out opened to minuscule audience interest at the time of release despite receiving a mostly positive critical reception. The lead performances by Travolta and Allen, the direction by De Palma and the visual style were cited as the strongest points of the film. Critics also recognised the stylistic and narrative connection to the work of Alfred Hitchcock, whom De Palma admires, and giallo films. Over the years since its initial theatrical release, it has developed status as a cult film and received a home media release by the Criterion Collection, a company which specializes in important classic and contemporary film , which re-ignited public interest in the film. Quentin Tarantino praises De Palma as the greatest director of his generation and cites Blow Out as one of his three favorite films that he would take to a desert island.

Box Office Budget

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Box Office Gross USA


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Political conspiracy,damsel in distress,psychotronic film,hitchcockian,roman a clef