Blown Away

July 1st, 1994


Blown Away

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

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 5.9/10 (13,431 voted)

Director: Stephen Hopkins

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Suzy Amis

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.

Writers: John Rice, Joe Batteer

Jeff Bridges - James 'Jimmy' Dove / Liam McGivney
Tommy Lee Jones - Ryan Gaerity
Suzy Amis - Kate Dove
Lloyd Bridges - Max O'Bannon
Forest Whitaker - Anthony Franklin
Stephi Lineburg - Lizzy
John Finn - Capt. Fred Roarke
Caitlin Clarke - Rita
Christofer de Oni - Cortez (as Chris de Oni)
Loyd Catlett - Bama
Ruben Santiago-Hudson - Blanket
Lucinda Weist - Nancy
Brendan Burns - Kevin
Tricia Heine - Connie (as Patricia A. Heine)
Josh McLaglen - Prison Guard

Taglines: Boom baby. Sweet dreams.


Official Website: MGM [United States] |

Release Date: 1 July 1994

Filming Locations: Boston Harbor, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Gross: $30,155,037 (USA)

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Did You Know?

The pair of claws that Tommy Lee Jones refers to in the beach scene is from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot.

Errors in geography: The final car crash scene occurs near Boston Common on the corner of Joy and Beacon Street, as the car comes out of Joy onto Beacon. While it appears that much of the footage was filmed on Joy or adjacent streets, it could not have happened the way it did in the movie. Joy Street is only about a quarter mile long, and all but the final half block (shown correctly in the movie) is uphill when going toward Boston Common. This would obviously ruin the plot line that they couldn't apply the car's brakes. It appears footage was taken of Joy traveling in the opposite direction, as well as adjacent streets to mix up the scenery.

Max O'Bannon: [Looking at the food at a wake] Would you look at this spread now! Why is it that a man always gets thrown his best party when he dies?

User Review

A classier action thriller.


How did "Speed" ever get better reviews than this? Whilst De Bont's runaway bus is certainly good, "Blown Away" is by far the better bomb movie as it relies on suspense driven thrills rather than big budget stunts to deliver the kicks. Admittedly the film starts slowly but the pace steadily keeps increasing until the final half-hour where things (literally) explode in one of the best fight scenes ever put on celluloid. Stephen Hopkins plays every scene for as much tension as he can (I defy you to watch the kitchen scene without cringing at every slomo) and displays a De Palma like understanding of virtuoso camerawork. Jones menaces away as his usual psychotic prankster (think Two-Face with an Irish accent) and J Bridges is good but never truly called on to do anything special. Amis, Whitaker and the rest of the support are perhaps a little under-used but the film is never about them. This is about Jones and Bridges in a deadly, vengeful face-off and the final showdown is everything you could ever want from an action thriller. Watch it and enjoy.


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