BLOW OUT
Feature Narrative | 108 minutes

HIFF 2019

Special Screenings

This film played at HIFF 2019
on 10/12/2019
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Directed By
Brian De Palma

Produced By
George Litto

Written By
Brian De Palma

Featuring
John Travolta
Nancy Allen
John Lithgow
Dennis Franz


1981 | English | USA

Presented in conjunction with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Brian De Palma, HIFF is proud to present a special screening of the director’s 1981 suspense masterpiece.

During a late-night recording session in a Philadelphia park, sound effects technician Jack Terry (John Travolta) witnesses a car plunge into a nearby creek, leaving the driver dead and a passenger injured. While going over the night’s recordings, Jack discovers a piece of information suggesting the crash may have been anything but accidental, leading him on a mission to uncover a web of political conspiracy and assassination. Co-starring Nancy Allen and John Lithgow, BLOW OUT is a classic of 1980s American paranoia and a career high for De Palma.