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Blaze
Blaze
Actors: Paul Newman, Lolita Davidovich, Jerry Hardin, Gailard Sartain, Jeffrey DeMunn
Director: Ron Shelton
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Animation
R     2004     2hr 0min

Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 06/07/2005 Rating: R

     

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Actors: Paul Newman, Lolita Davidovich, Jerry Hardin, Gailard Sartain, Jeffrey DeMunn
Director: Ron Shelton
Creators: Ron Shelton, Dale Pollock, David V. Lester, Don Miller, Gil Friesen, Blaze Starr, Huey Perry
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Drama, Animation
Studio: WALT DISNEY VIDEO
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/06/2004
Original Release Date: 12/13/1989
Theatrical Release Date: 12/13/1989
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A very entertaining and underrated film
Jay inSF | Belmont, California United States | 02/28/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie stirred some controversy when it came out because it is based on the autobiography of Blaze Starr, and so as history it is somewhat unreliable. But the movie works very well on its own terms, and I believe is and was underappreciated. Among other things, it includes another fine performance by Paul Newman, which is worth the price of admission by itself. It is too bad that it is now out of print. Seen as a story told through Starr's eyes, the movie works very well. It is both poignant and funny, and tells this colorful episode of Louisiana history entertainingly (but it's not a documentary, so don't expect complete historical accuracy). Paul Newman gives a memorable performance as Goveror Earl Long, and Lolita Davidowich and the supporting cast are also great. The movie also has a superb soundtrack that includes Fats Domino, Hank Williams and Randy Newman."
Another political film that is good.
Jay inSF | 07/24/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This hansome, rich bio of Earl Long, Louisiana political honcho who fell in love with stripper Blaze Starr (Lolita Davidovich) while he was governor in the 1950s. Paul Newman is excellent in the lead. There is fine support from a veteran cast of character actors. This is superb entertainment. Political junkies can enjoy detailed political history here. Others can be amazed at Newman's performance, Davidovich's beauty, and director Ron Shelton's eye for atmosphere and detail."
Politics, Scandalous, & Sexy!
Nighthawk | SC USA | 07/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Politics, scandalous affair, and sexy-what more could you want??! Seriously, I enjoyed this film alot. I did not judge this as a documentary or biography. It is noted in the credits that this is "based on Miss Starrs memoirs". This is a story of a poor West Virginia gal who becomes the glamorous burlesque stripper Blaze Starr and her relationship with Governor Earl Long. Lolita Davidovich does a great job as Blaze and she is very sexy! Paul Newman is awesome as Governor Earl Long. Blaze may be naive to the ways of the world but learns to look out for herself. Gov. Long is a wheeler dealer who is a smart politician and outsmarts his opponents. I thought this film was very good and enjoyed it immensely. Entertaining and well done!"
Blaze
simon hutchings | 01/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A nice tribute to the best of the USA, the liberal tolerant side which is so little in evidence today. A must for bible thumping bigots. I don't suppose they'll watch it though. Good soundtrack featuring Hank Williams senior I believe. The story is about a politician who falls for a table dancer. The bigots crawl out of the woodwork as Paul Newman defends black rights. Set in the laste 50's."