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Belizaire the Cajun (2011)

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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 save his cousin, who'd previously been targeted for lynching. All plot pieces fall into place on the day of Belizaire's scheduled execution. Although an American film, Belizaire the Cajun was unable to get US distribution until it was showered with praise at the Cannes Film Festival. Visually, the film is a banquet, but the multi-dialect soundtrack can be very difficult to follow at times.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Glen Pitre
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Runtime:
Skouras Pictures - Official Site

Cast

Armand Assante
as Belizaire Breaux
Gail Youngs
as Alida Thibodaux
Michael Schoeffling
as Hypolite Leger
Stephen McHattie
as James Willoughby
Will Patton
as Matthew Perry
Loulan Pitre
as Sheriff
Jim Levert
as Amadee Meaux
Ernie Vincent
as Old Perry
Paul Landry
as Sosthene
Robert Duvall
as Preacher
Bob Edmundson
as Head Vigilante
Robin Wood
as Vigilante
Bertrand de Blanc
as Man on Porch
Charlie Goulas
as Vigilante
Merlyn Foret
as Parrain's Wife
Lauren Greene
as Dancing Girl
Dennis LeBlanc
as Father of Dancing Gi...
Bertrand DeBlanc
as Man on Porch
Steve Broussard
as Man at Gallows
Ken Meaux
as Card Player
Craig Soileau
as Card Player
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Critic Reviews for Belizaire the Cajun

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Another ethnic group -- Cajuns, this time -- suffers the patronizing ministrations of the American Independent Cinema.

Full Review… | October 16, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Belizaire has personality and quiet charm and a lot of affection, mixed in with the more predictable action elements.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

This is an impressive debut film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's billed as a romantic comedy, but Cajun humor, like crawfish gumbo, takes some getting used to.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Unique and flavorable slice of life.

Full Review… | November 14, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Belizaire the Cajun

I enjoyed it mainly because of the Cajun music. I looked at the credits to find out who played the music and at that time (late 1980's) I attended a Cajun Bluegrass concert and met Michael Doucet the musician and had him sign a vinyl from the movie. I still love Cajun music and the movie was better for it.

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