BLOW OUT
1981, Park Circus/MGM, 107 min, USA, Dir: Brian De Palma

John Travolta gives one of his best performances as Jack Terry, a sound-effects man in the wrong place at the wrong time, who accidentally records a fatal car crash that might be a hushed-up political assassination. Combining forces with escort Sally (Nancy Allen) - an eyewitness with an, er, intimate knowledge of the crash - Jack begins piecing together the whitewashed incident, even as his and Sally’s lives become increasingly endangered. A brashly stylish reflection on the corruption of American patriotism and politics from director Brian De Palma. With John Lithgow.


DRESSED TO KILL
1980, Park Circus/MGM, 105 min, USA, Dir: Brian De Palma

In this obsessive and beautifully made thriller, a killer stalks two very different women. Considered by many to be Brian De Palma's finest film. With Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen and Dennis Franz.


DIE HARD 2
1990, 20th Century Fox, 124 min, Dir: Renny Harlin

John McClane returns to battle terrorists who have taken control of Dulles Airport on the holiday evening that his wife is flying into town. Director Renny Harlin infuses the action with high style to create a sequel that's every bit as rousing as the original, with a terrific performance by William Sadler as the main bad guy. John Amos, Dennis Franz and Fred Dalton Thompson add support.


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