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Belizaire the Cajun (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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This inexpensive but effusively energetic film is set in Louisiana's Cajun country of the 19th century. Belizaire (Armand Assante), unofficial spokesman for his people, butts heads with local bigots who want to rid the area of Cajuns. Belizaire's former girlfriend (Gail Youngs) is now the common-law wife of the film's main antagonist (Will Patton), the son of a wealthy landowner. When Patton is murdered, the locals try to pin the blame on the rabble-rousing Belizaire. He confesses, but only to

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance

Glen Pitre

Jun 1, 2004

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The film is plagued by too many long, dead moments in which the story doesn't seem to be getting anywhere and attention wanders.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Another ethnic group -- Cajuns, this time -- suffers the patronizing ministrations of the American Independent Cinema.

October 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's billed as a romantic comedy, but Cajun humor, like crawfish gumbo, takes some getting used to.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This is an impressive debut film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Belizaire has personality and quiet charm and a lot of affection, mixed in with the more predictable action elements.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Unique and flavorable slice of life.

November 14, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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An early, interesting indie about the Cajuns that came out of Sundance Film Fest.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Belizaire the Cajun is a "find" worth looking for at your local video store.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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