Blown Away

The holiday: Fourth of July The movie: 'Blown Away' (1994) In a sentence: Jeff Bridges plays a Boston Police Department bomb expert trying to stop a crazed Irish bomber played by Tommy Lee Jones. Why it captures the holiday: Forget the cookie-cutter thriller plot, this flick takes the time to capture the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular concert on film for posterity. In addition, we get a heavy immigration theme, a Boston setting and one really big explosion. How big? The exploding ocean liner shattered 8,000 windows in East Boston during filming. Like dad who insists he knows what he's doing with that Roman candle, the filmmakers went a little overboard with the pyrotechnics.
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