Blow Out

Brian De Palma took a late swing at the ‘70s paranoid conspiracy thriller, and it really makes his operatic style sing. A b-movie soundman (John Travolta, rarely better) inadvertently records a presidential candidate’s death in a car accident. But, of course, it was no accident. Set piece after bonkers set piece dazzles, and John Lithgow delivers big creeps as a political dirty trickster gone rogue. – Lee Gardner

1981 Brian De Palma 2.35:1 Color dcp 108 min.