Blink (film)

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Blink (1993 movie poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Apted
Produced by
Written by Dana Stevens
Music by Brad Fiedel
Cinematography Dante Spinotti
Edited by Rick Shaine
Distributed by New Line Cinema (USA)
Pathé (UK)
Release date
October 1993 (MIFEST)
January 26, 1994 (USA)
Running time
106 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $11 million[1]
Box office $16,696,219

Blink is a 1993 American neo-noir thriller film starring Madeleine Stowe and Aidan Quinn. Director Michael Apted was nominated for a Crystal Globe award for the film at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and screenwriter Dana Stevens was nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards. Emmy Award-winning actress Laurie Metcalf also had a role in the film. Chicago rock band The Drovers played a support role as themselves, contributing three songs to the soundtrack. Stowe's character, Emma, is a fiddler in the group. Some scenes were filmed in Chicago, Illinois.


Emma Brody is a young musician who has been blind for 20 years. New surgery techniques restore her vision but initially cause "vision flashes" that leave her uncertain about what she sees. One night, she is awakened by a noise in the apartment above. Peeking out her door, she "sees" a figure descending the stairs. She contacts the police, worried that her neighbor has been murdered, but is unsure whether it was just her new vision deceiving her. The killer then begins to stalk Emma.


Actor / Actress Character
Madeleine Stowe Emma Brody
Aidan Quinn Detective John Hallstrom
James Remar Detective Thomas Ridgely
Peter Friedman Dr. Ryan Pierce
Bruce A. Young Lt. Mitchell
Paul Dillon Neal Booker
Laurie Metcalf Candice
Matt Roth Officer Crowe
Tim Monsion Mr. Tattersall
Michael P. Byrne Barry
Anthony Cannata Ned
Sean C Cleland (actor) Drover mandolin/fiddle
Jackie Moran Jackie
Sam Sanders Bobby
Greg Noonan Frank
Michael Stuart Kirkpatrick Michael
Dave Callahan Dave/Drovers singer)
Blake Whealy Mark Tattersall
Joy Gregory Valerie Wheaton
Lucy Childs Margaret Tattersall
Ted Gilbert Ted
Kevin Matthews Man on Train
Kevin Swerdlow (as Kevin D. Swerdlow) Receiving Cop
Ed Cray (uncredited) Suspect
Michael Jordan (uncredited) Himself


The film received mixed to positive reviews.[2][3][4] It holds a 65% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 23 critics.[5]

The Miami Herald gave the film 2.5 stars (out of 4), saying, "After a number of red herrings, the identity of the killer turns out to be rather inconsequential -- and the motive somewhat farfetched. A shame, because the premise here, paired with an equally clever plot, would've made a dandy exercise in suspense. As it is, Blink is mildly engaging entertainment, nothing that will have you checking your watch, but nowhere near as good as its terrific trailers ("Things are not what they seem" and all that) make it out to be."[6] However, film critic Roger Ebert gave the movie three-and-a-half (of four) stars, saying "... it is an uncommonly good thriller."

Box Office[edit]

The film debuted at No. 4.[7]


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