Blaze (1989)

Blaze (1989)




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Blaze is a comic-strip re-telling of the curious late-1950s relationship between famed striptease artist Blaze Starr (Lolita Davidovitch) and Lousiana governor Earl Long (played in gorgeously flamboyant fashion by Paul Newman). Their romance is counterbalanced with the story of Long's efforts to win voting rights for Louisiana's black citizens. The governor's political enemies ruin his chances at re-election, then try to put him out of the way permanently with a trumped-up insanity charge. But with faithful Blaze at his side (and in close proximity to other portions of his anatomy), Long confounds his foes by winning a congressional seat. On the eve of this triumph, Earl Long dies, bringing this boisterous story to a sobering conclusion. Since the film is based on Blaze Starr's own reminiscences, one might prepare oneself with several grains of salt. The real Blaze Starr shows up early in the film as a stripper named Lily.
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Touchstone Pictures

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Donald J Lee Jr
as Donut Shop Man
Paul Newman
as Gov. Earl Long
Gailard Sartain
as LaGrange
Robert Wuhl
as John `Red' Snyder
Lolita Davidovich
as Blaze Starr
Richard Jenkins
as Picayune
Gary Sturgis
as Marquez's Son
Brandon Smith (I)
as Arvin Deeter
Jerry Hardin
as Thibodeaux
Eloy Casados
as Antoine
Ben Cook
as Younger Brother
Garland Bunting
as Doc Ferriday
Jay Chevalier
as Wiley Braden
Gilbert Lewis
as Rev. Marquez
Rod Masterson
as 1st Town Talk Reporter
Harold G. Herthum
as Earl's Crony
Dick Person
as General Store Owner
John P. Fertitta
as Hospital Director
Gary Anthony Sturgis
as Marquez's Son
Emily Warfield
as Debbie Fleming
King Cotton
as Jimmie Davis
Brad Leland
as Dufee
James Harper
as Willie Rainach
Robert Earle
as Rep. Elfin
Janet Shea
as 1st Crony Wife
John A. Barber
as Rep. Hebert
Patrik Baldauff
as Rep. Kennon
Dianne Brill
as Delilah Dough
Teresa Gilmore Capps
as Tamara Knight
Harlan Jordan
as Dr. Cheeseborough
Mike Baer
as Secretary of Legislature
Michael Brooks
as Motorcycle Trooper
Bob Cherry
as Earl's Crony
David R. Conly
as Drunken Sailor
Bill Dunleavy
as 2nd Town Talk Reporter
Kevin Graham
as Motorcycle Trooper
Carey Rauhman Holliday
as Rep. Alexander
Sid Lacey
as Earl's Crony
Bill Mesman
as Rep. Davis
Michael O'Neal
as Motorcycle Trooper
Wendell Raybon
as Motorcycle Trooper
Brooks Read
as Reporter in Store
Al Robinson
as Magnolia Local
Glynn Rubin
as 2nd Crony Wife
Thomas C. Smith-Alden
as Asylum Spokesman
Pat Snow
as Johnnie Mae
Louanne Stephens
as Lora Fleming
Deano Thornton
as Drunken Officer
George Wyatt
as Drunken Officer
Fred Lewis
as Heckling Reporter
Stanley Hughes
as Motorcycle Trooper
Frederick F. Lewis
as Heckling Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Blaze

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

Maybe Blaze is too pure, and the governor too outrageous to be true. But Shelton works their story into a romantic tall tale as beguiling as the spin of the lady's tassels.

Full Review… | June 8, 2016
Tulsa World

Supposedly based on fact regarding the relationship of Louisiana's Gov. Earl Long and his stripper girlfriend, this is noted mostly for the offbeat casting of Paul Newman.

March 15, 2009

The latter-day Paul Newman is at his rascally best here.

July 25, 2002

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June 19, 2005

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May 10, 2005

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July 16, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Blaze


150815: Based upon a true story, Blaze is a brief glimpse into the overlapping lives of two unique people, one a politician and one an adult entertainer. It's a love story, comedy and political satire all set in the racially charged late 50s. Well worth watching once, and can see myself coming back to it again. Newman is fantastic as Earl Long.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

A couple of friends of mine and I went to see this movie on New Years Eve 1989 at the original movie theaters outside of Crossroads Mall in Oklahoma City. They were new then but are dollar theaters now that they built the new stadium seating theaters. It's a good movie. They played fast and loose with the historical facts such as they left out Earl Long's wife. The character wouldn't have been very sympathetic if we saw that he was cheating on his wife. The story is less about Blaze Starr than it is about the last two years of Earl Long's life. Although Lolita Davidovich is hot and she does have some topless scenes, you see very little of Blaze Starr's stage act. She's probably not as well endowed as the real Blaze Starr. This is really the story of the last days of old style American politics in the early years of television politics. There was a time when politicians were colorful and mudslinging was acceptable. Before television there was little entertainment in rural America. Going to listen to a political speech or debate was entertaining. Politicians brought plenty of free food and drinks to a political rally along with bands and other entertainment to draw in the crowds. Today politicians have to have a good TV presence and be politically correct in their speech. Gailard Sartain from Tulsa is in this movie as one of Earl Longs advisors. The best line in the movie is "It may not fly but it will surely flap its wings."

Donald White
Donald White

A bawdy and audacious tale of politics and scandal, Blaze delivers a good love story and a brave and marvelous character turn by Paul Newman.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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