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Wise Blood

Wise Blood (1979)


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Release Date: Oct 24, 1979 Wide



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Set in the Deep South during the postwar era, Wise Blood stars Brad Dourif as an aimless veteran, who decides to become a Bible-thumping preacher (for a questionable concern called "The Church Wihout Christ") principally because he hasn't anything better lined up. Dourif links up with a veteran of the hellfire-and-brimstone circuit, who for business purposes pretends to be blind. The older man persuades Dourif to blind himself for real so that he can truly "see the light" (yes, the movie is that


Drama, Comedy

Benedict Fitzgerald

May 12, 2009

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I dont have to run away from anything cause I dont believe in anything!

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

strange, sub-Coen Brothers caricature that, especially when underscored with Alex North's deliberately hammy hillbilly music, never amounts to much more than a condescending tragicomic satire of spiritual emptiness

June 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Huston stays true to the novel's events but draws from the story all the black comedy he can find. We are in strange territory.

June 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Any film that features both Harry Dean Stanton and Ned Beatty as scam artists and its tale about religious hypocrisy borders on madness, is one not to be missed.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

perhaps the most ballistic of Huston's late-period films

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source:

Huston's Wise Blood is a sharp, busy canvas that, like a man with a good car, doesn't need to be justified.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Wise Blood is one of the best realized religious drama in many a moon.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Wise Blood

Decidely more tragicomic and surrealist than ever before. Another show about the love that John Huston always professed to losers.
February 18, 2012

Super Reviewer

A very strange and thoughtful 70s drama with dark and comedic twists. Directed by John Huston and starring Brad Dourif, the film tackles a lot of themes and adapts to a variety of tones throughout, making for an experience both ambitious and scattershot. The final fourth of the film is particularly difficult to grasp. But despite being uneven and repellant at time, in Huston's hands the film always remains entertaining and interesting. It's worth the effort for Dourif outstanding performance alone. Huston in his more outlandish form.
May 17, 2011

Super Reviewer

Very strange, but entertaining, but odd and well acted, but weird and worth watching.
March 21, 2011

Super Reviewer

The oddest sort of John Huston. Bizarre but very, very interesting.
March 10, 2010
Randy Tippy

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