Wise Blood (1979)
Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1
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Release Date: Oct 24, 1979 Wide
Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 1,625
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
Oct 24, 1979 Wide
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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
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.
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.
Huston's Wise Blood is a sharp, busy canvas that, like a man with a good car, doesn't need to be justified.
Audience Reviews for Wise Blood
- Grandfather: Now take off ya hat and gimme the beast.
- Preacher: Nobody with a good car needs to be justified.
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