Blow The Man Down (Ending And Full Plot Explained)

Blow The Man Down is a 2019 crime drama on Amazon set in a small town where two sisters, who have recently lost their mother, experience an unexpected turn of events when one of them has a run-in with a town thug. A series of murders expose the dark history of the town and the truth about their own mother. It’s a crisp film with an unexpected ending, do check it out. Here are the plot walkthrough and ending of the movie Blow The Man Down explained, spoilers ahead.

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Blow The Man Down: Movie Explained

The crux of the story is the sweet old ladies in the film. Pay attention to them and their dialogues to understand the ending of Blow The Man Down. Let’s go through the events linearly to put things in perspective.

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Oceanview and its Origin

In the beginning, we have five women who noticed that their city, being a port, offered an opportunity to set up a brothel. And they did, it was a love-hotel by the name Oceanview. The five women who ran it back in the day were:

  • Enid
  • Mary Margaret (Priscilla’s and Mary Beth’s mother)
  • Gail
  • Doreen
  • Susie 

Enid and Mary Margaret were close. Gail, Doreen and Susie eventually found what they are doing to be cruel to the young women and moved out of the business. It appears that Mary Margaret also moved out after he had her kids. Enid continued running Oceanview over the many years. As of the present, she runs it all by herself.

Why Enid got Gorski to kill Dee

Dee is one of the girls who works for Enid. Over the years, Enid has not been taking care of the girls. She has a ton of debts and owes the girls a lot of money. Dee grows frustrated and eventually finds the combination of Enid’s safe and steals all the money. Enid, in turn, asks her local muscle, Gorski, to kill Dee and take back the money. 

This is the first scene of the movie, Gorski chases down Dee as Enid watches on. Not shown in the movie, but Gorski shoots Dee and dumps her body in the sea.

Mary Margaret’s and Gorski’s death

Mary Margaret passes away, and her funeral happens to be held on the same day Dee is killed. Enid doesn’t attend the funeral. Priscilla and Mary Beth are left with all of their mother’s debts and funeral costs. Mary Beth wants to sell everything and move out of town, but Priscilla wants to stay and take the family fish business forward. The sisters quarrel and Mary Beth leaves home and heads to the local bar.

Mary Beth meets Gorski at the bar and the two hit it off. Mary happens to find blood and hair in Gorski’s car and runs away, scared. Gorski follows but gets stabbed in his neck by Mary. She further smashes his face in with a brick as he grabs her leg. Mary runs home and tells Priscilla about having killed a man. Initially, Priscilla calls the police station but in fear she hangs up the phone. Priscilla feels that Mary’s attack with the brick might not appear to be self-defense. 

They head to Gorski’s residence, cut him up with a knife, put him in their chiller and toss it over the cliff into the sea. However, Priscilla forgets her knife at Gorski’s place. The next day, Dee’s body washes ashore, and Officer Justin asks to borrow Priscilla’s motorboat to go fetch the body. Priscilla is relieved to learn that it’s not Gorski’s body. Doreen, who is standing by, happens to notice Dee has been shot and informs Gail and Susie that Enid’s girl has been found dead.

Mary Beth finds the money, Enid finds the knife

Priscilla sends Mary Beth to look for the missing knife at Gorski’s place as it mentions “Connolly Fish” engraved on it. Mary is distracted by someone passing by the house, she then finds a bag of money and returns with it, forgetting about the knife. Enid, who goes over to Gorski’s place, sees the bloody knife. She deduces that Gorski’s and the money’s disappearance has to do something with the Connolly sisters.

Enid slyly goes over to the Connolly residence to confirm blood on the shoes to verify that the two of them definitely have something to do with Gorski’s disappearance. But she wants her money, and so she eventually confronts the two of them and offers an arrangement to return their knife in exchange for her money. Meanwhile, the cops happen to find Gorski’s car and connect him to Dee’s murder; they locate the weapon, blood and hair in his car.

Doreen, Susie and Gail vs Enid

The three ladies talk to Enid to tell her that one of her girls was found dead and the business of Oceanview is no longer the same. That the working girls are at terrible risk. The trio realises that Enid already knows who the dead girl is even though the new of the murder is very recent. This gives them a hint that Enid might have been the one responsible for Dee’s death. They urge Enid to close up the business at Oceanview and that they could all start a new line of business together, but Enid turns them down.

Alexis and her findings

The trio reach out to another of Enid’s girl, Alexis, and they tell her about Dee and that it was not the case of drowning, but that of homicide. Alexis and Dee were really close. They ask her to watch out for Enid as Alexis, too, might be in danger. While initially, Alexis doesn’t believe the old ladies, she happens to hear a voice mail from Dee where she talks about the combination to Enid’s safe. Alexis opens the safe and finds it empty, but down below she finds Dee’s nail extension confirming that Dee has already pulled the money out of the safe. She informs the trio that Enid is indeed behind Dee’s murder.

The Connolly Sisters’ decision to exchange the money for the knife

One evening, Officer Justin shows up at the Connolly residence asking questions about their whereabouts on the night of Gorski’s murder. He mentions that the police station got a call from their home. While initially, Priscilla feels they should come clean to the cops, she changes her mind at that moment and lies to Justin saying they never left the house and she dialled the cops by mistake. Justin, who is infatuated with Priscilla, gets played by her warm demeanour. But he soon realises that Priscilla was lying as Mary Beth was spotted with Gorski in the bar on the night of his murder. He drives back to the Connolly residence and parks there keeping an eye on them.

The sisters sneak out from the back and use their boat to head to Enid’s place to make the exchange. They return her money and Enid offers half of it to them under the condition that they will work for her. The sisters are smart to refuse the offer, take their knife and leave.

Blow The Man Down: Ending Explained

The ending of Blow The Man Down shows us that Alexa overhears the conversation between Enid and the Connolly sisters confirming that Enid got Dee killed over the money. Alexis kills Enid and beats town with the cash with another worker girl. We also see that Doreen finds the Connolly Fish Chiller wash up at the dock. While it’s not shown in the film, finding Gorski’s body inside would have made it evident that the Connolly sisters killed Gorski. But they also know Gorski’s link with Enid and Dee’s murder.

Gail, Doreen, and Susie decide to cover up the murder because they don’t want to see their friend’s daughters get arrested for killing a murderous jerk. Gail heads over to Officer Coletti (Justin’s boss) and tells him everything about Enid and the happenings of Oceanview. One thing that I do find as a flaw in the film is that Gail has no incriminating evidence against Enid that could get Officer Coletti to make an arrest. But Coletti does call for the arrest, much to Justin’s confusion. The ending scene of Blow The Man Down shows Priscilla and Mary Beth walking past Gail, Doreen who appear to have just gotten rid of Gorski’s body. They finally see Susie who is cleaning the blood from the Connolly Fish Chiller, and looks at the sisters and gives a knowing smile. The sweet ol’ ladies are more than what meets the eye.


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