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Blown Away (1994)

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An Irish bomber escapes from prison and targets a member of the Boston bomb squad.

Director:

Stephen Hopkins

Writers:

John Rice (story), Joe Batteer (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Dove
Tommy Lee Jones ... Gaerity
Suzy Amis ... Kate
Lloyd Bridges ... Max
Forest Whitaker ... Franklin
Stephi Lineburg ... Lizzy
John Finn ... Captain Roarke
Caitlin Clarke ... Rita
Christofer de Oni Christofer de Oni ... Cortez (as Chris de Oni)
Loyd Catlett ... Bama
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Blanket
Lucinda Weist ... Nancy
Brendan Burns Brendan Burns ... Kevin
Tricia Heine ... Connie (as Patricia A. Heine)
Josh McLaglen ... Prison Guard
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Storyline

Jimmy Dove works for the bomb squad in Boston and he is always the one who is on the tough jobs. One day he decides to quit the force and to become a teacher for the rookies of the squad. A few days later his former partner is killed by a bomb and Jimmy becomes suspicious that maybe this bomb could have been built by a former friend of himself. He begins to investigate and finds out that his worst nightmare has returned from his past. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

1 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Explosiv See more »

Filming Locations:

Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,424,873, 4 July 1994

Gross USA:

$30,156,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,156,002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Finn, who appears in this movie as Jeff Bridges' boss Captain Fred Roarke, appeared in another film with Tommy Lee Jones, The Hunted (2003). See more »

Goofs

The Guinness in McDowell's Pub has no head. A thick creamy head is a distinctive characteristic of Guinness. No "Irish" barman would serve Guinness in such a manner, nor would any true Irishman drink it. The Guinness was also served in the wrong glass. See more »

Quotes

Anthony Franklin: I gotta tell them the truth. I gotta tell them how I tracked the terrorist, I disarmed the bomb, and I saved the day. And I'm a hero, and everybody loves a hero!
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to the memory of Officer Jeremiah J. Hurley of the Boston Bomb Squad, and to the more than Three Thousand Certified Bomb Technicians throughout the world who risk their lives for our safety every day. See more »

Alternate Versions

In addition to your normal dialogue and language cuts, the TV version also edits the computer sequence so that the display does not cycle text on part of the monitor, whereas in the original version, there is text in that section, including a b-word used in a context that network TV likely would not have tolerated. Some parts of this sequence are also cropped so that just the typing is visible. See more »


Soundtracks

1812 Overture
(uncredited)
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky) (1880)
Played at Fourth of July concert
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Solid All Around Movie
14 December 2002 | by teaparty_48See all my reviews

From reading the other comments on this site, I was surprised at all the negativity surrounding this film. Sure, the accents are probably bad, but everyone knows that Hollywood can't do accents and aging.

This is not a movie to be picked apart, but one to be enjoyed. Sure, the characters aren't completely fleshed out, but there is enough depth for you to feel for them. The action is good, and despite many contrary opinions, I think the pacing is good too.

One of the high points of this film was the sequence where the wife and daughter are in the house and the audience is left suspecting there may be a bomb plant. The camera shots that frame the stove turning on, the light bulb, the phone jack, etc. were done very well, and suspensefully, though I suspect this well done sequence is what is making many people call this film "slow."

Finally, the use of "The Joshua Tree" by U2 was a really nice touch.

Overall, this film is not outstanding, but if you want a movie that is relatively light, but has some comedy, drama, suspense and action all mixed in, then check it out.


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