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Blaze
     

Blaze

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Director: Ron Shelton

Cast: Paul Newman, Lolita Davidovich, Jerry Hardin

 

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Blaze is a comic-strip re-telling of the curious late-1950s relationship between famed striptease artist Blaze Starr (Lolita Davidovitch) and Lousiana governor Earl Long (played in gorgeously flamboyant fashion by Paul Newman). Their romance is counterbalanced with the story of Long's efforts to win voting rights for Louisiana's black citizens. The governor's

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Blaze is a comic-strip re-telling of the curious late-1950s relationship between famed striptease artist Blaze Starr (Lolita Davidovitch) and Lousiana governor Earl Long (played in gorgeously flamboyant fashion by Paul Newman). Their romance is counterbalanced with the story of Long's efforts to win voting rights for Louisiana's black citizens. The governor's political enemies ruin his chances at re-election, then try to put him out of the way permanently with a trumped-up insanity charge. But with faithful Blaze at his side (and in close proximity to other portions of his anatomy), Long confounds his foes by winning a congressional seat. On the eve of this triumph, Earl Long dies, bringing this boisterous story to a sobering conclusion. Since the film is based on Blaze Starr's own reminiscences, one might prepare oneself with several grains of salt. The real Blaze Starr shows up early in the film as a stripper named Lily.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Writer and director Ron Shelton briefly deviates from his sports-themed comedies for this examination of an irascible character from the history of America's second favorite pastime, politics. The result is a memorable, entertaining biography that ranks as some of star Paul Newman's best work, in what amounts to an underrated little jewel of a film that deserves better from critics and audiences. Shelton's writing and Newman's energetic performance are the twin pillars that prop the film up, featuring wonderful character moments and line delivery from the star, and inventive, humorous scenes from the writer/director's pen. The role of Governor Earl Long is the sort of part that Newman excels in, and he relishes his swagger, his accent, his boozy flirtatiousness, and inebriated incoherence. Such is his joyous zeal at sinking his teeth into a larger-than-life role that he makes the viewer accept that Long, too, enjoyed an unquenchable zest for life, whether or not the genuine article really did. Lolita Davidovich is stunningly beautiful and appropriately saucy in her worldly stripper persona, adding up to a film that is just about note-perfect, hampered only by the tragic finale forced upon it by reality. Blaze is a tight, delightful picture that ranks as among Shelton's best films, putting aside the trash-talking cynicism of his oeuvre for a welcome diversion into smart, sharply realized romance.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/1992
UPC:
0012257915037
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Gov. Earl K. Long
Lolita Davidovich Blaze Starr
Jerry Hardin Thibodeaux
Gailard Sartain LaGrange
Jeffrey DeMunn Tuck
Jack David Harris Actor
Garland Bunting Doc Ferriday
Richard Jenkins Times-Picayune Reporter
Robert Wuhl Red Snyder
John P. Fertitta Hospital Director
Deano Thornton Drunken Officer
Brandon Smith Arvin Deeter
Michael Brockman Bobby
James Harper Willie Rainach
Teresa Gilmore Capps Tamara Knight
Dianne Brill Delilah Dough
Blaze Starr Lily
Gilbert Lewis Rev. Marquez
Gary Sturgis Marquez's Son
Louanne Stephens Lora Fleming
Emily Warfield Debbie Fleming
Ben Cook Younger Brother
Harlan Jordan Dr. Cheeseborough
Rod Masterson 1st Town Talk Reporter
Bill Dunleavy 2nd Town Talk Reporter
King Cotton Jimmie Davis
Mike Baer Secretary of Legislature
Bob Cherry Earl's Crony
Sid Lacey Earl's Crony
Harold G. Herthum Earl's Crony
Fred Lewis Heckling Reporter
Robinson Magnolia Local
Dick Person General Store Owner
Brooks Read Reporter in Store
Bill Mesman Rep. Davis
John A. Barber Rep. Hebert
Patrik Baldauff Rep. Kennon
Carey Rauhman Holliday Rep. Alexander
Robert Earle Rep. Elfin
Thomas Radcliffe Atkins Rep. Johnson
Thomas C. Smith-Alden Asylum Spokesman
Donald Lee Donut Shop Man
Pat Snow Johnnie Mae
George Wyatt Drunken Officer
David R. Conly Drunken Sailor
Janet Shea 1st Crony Wife
Glynn Rubin 2nd Crony Wife
Michael O'Neal Motorcycle Trooper
Michael Brooks Motorcycle Trooper
Stanley Hughes Motorcycle Trooper
Kevin Graham Motorcycle Trooper
Wendell Raybon Motorcycle Trooper
Brad Leland Dufee
Eloy Casados Antoine

Technical Credits
Ron Shelton Director,Screenwriter
David Anderle Musical Direction/Supervision
Wendy Dozoretz Associate Producer
Gil Friesen Co-producer
Harold L. Fuhrman Set Decoration/Design
Armin Ganz Production Designer
Robert Leighton Editor
David Lester Executive Producer
Don Miller Executive Producer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Wayne Peet Score Composer
Dale Pollock Co-producer
Ed Richardson Art Director
Christina Smith Makeup
Bennie Wallace Score Composer
Monty Westmore Makeup
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer

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Blaze 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TallPaul More than 1 year ago
Interesting and true story of a little girl from West Virginia who becomes a star in her own right. Newman and Dvidovich play their roles for all their worth. Well worth the time.