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Paul Newman is fun as usual.
Ok little story but Newman's Long is just over the top goodness.....
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.
Despite the title and an aggressively charming performance from Lolita Davidovich, Paul Newman rules the movie with a showy role that wrestle for control of the film from it's titular character. The movie seems to shortchange it's focus on Blaze Starr right from the outset, with only a cursory look at her decision to jump into the world of burlesque, although with a very amusing sequence with Robert Wuhl, before it quickly introduces Newman's Earl Long into the picture. The movie unfolds as a 60s American political fable with low-key charm and humor. Its episodic nature lacks a real sense of drive or drama to keep you fully engaged with the film. The movie is never more focused and cohesive beyond the section on Long wrestling with the hospital system, both in getting jobs for the blacks in the system and later when he is actually incarcerated in one briefly. The material for the movie could have made for a really entertaining Earl Long film or an equally interesting Starr film with a really solid performance from Davidovich, but the movie we have here seems a disappointing compromise of the two possible films. Of interest to fans of either lead actors, but not really a film to search out otherwise.
AKA Sleeping With The Director. Davidovich demonstrated nightly to her director/husband why she should play the New Orleans stripper. Of course, she didn't have to talk then.
Ron Shelton, best known for his sports comedies like 'Bull Durham', 'Tin Cup' and 'White Men Can't Jump' switches gears with this colorful, outrageous, and ultimately poignant story of a most unlikely romance, loosely based on the exploits of legendary Louisiana Governor Earl Kemp Long and his relationship with beautiful burlesque queen Blaze Starr. Although busty and perky Lolita Davidovich shines in the title role, this film is really Newman's - his Earl Long is a Rabelaisian force of nature, a tireless and unapologetic campaigner and a shrewd politician - the type of man who, after failing in bed, apologizes 'for the Great State of Louisiana'. Shelton does a fine job recreating the steamy and flavorful essense of a Deep South on the cusp of the tremendous upheavals brought on by the burgeoning civil-rights movement. The liberties the film takes with the facts can be forgiven as serving the greater good - exaggeration and big-fish tales seem perfectly appropriate to the subject.
A good movie, depicting a ugly side of politics.
The following will sound like a bunch of cliches strung together, but this really is a smart, sexy and funny movie. And for some reason overlooked and under appreciated. Everybody shines here, Newman, Davidovich, even the ever annoying Robert Wuhl.
This is a different role for Paul Newman, he has a lot of fun with it. This is an entertaining movie that has a good mix of comedy/politics. Newman really stands out from the rest of the cast in this film.
Fairly amusing romance May-December romance, played with considerable charm by Paul Newman and Lolita Davidovich.