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Wise Blood (1979)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  17 February 1980 (USA)
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A Southerner--young, poor, ambitious but uneducated--determines to become something in the world. He decides that the best way to do that is to become a preacher and start up his own church.

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Hazel Motes
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Enoch Emory
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Asa Hawks
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Sabbath Lily
Mary Nell Santacroce ...
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Hoover Shoates
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Preacher
J.L. Parker ...
Karl
Marvin Sapp
Richard Earle
Herb Kossover ...
Jacob Wood
Betty Lou Groover
John Tyndall
Gillaaron Houck
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US Army war veteran Hazel Motes may not be a believing Christian, somehow observations like the state of a run-down country church, meeting the ridiculous frauds on the streets and memories inspire him to take up, after initially fierce refusal, the part of a traveling preacher when a cab driver insists he looks like one in his new hat. He starts his own new Church of Truth, without the crucified Jesus, his first disciple being an 18-year old simpleton with a 'prophetic gift'... Written by KGF Vissers

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17 February 1980 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Brad Dourif was orginally sent the script to audition for the character Enoch Emery. But Brad had such a good feeling about Hazel Motes, he asked to audition for that instead; problem was, actor Tommy Lee Jones was currently Huston's first choice. However, things didn't go as plan - Tommy Lee Jones had to drop out, giving Brad the chance to audition like he wanted, landing him the role of Hazel. See more »

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Hazel: ...the Church of Christ Without Christ. Where the blind can't see, the lame don't walk, and the dead stay that way.
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Director John Huston is credited in all the titles as "Jhon Huston". Producer Michael Fitzgerald later explained that, wanting to have a child-like look to the credits, they had an actual child write the names. The child misspelled Huston's first name, but they liked it and kept it, as a metaphor for the artificial, off-kilter tone of the story. See more »

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religion is the opiate of the people
16 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Wise blood

Is it a road movie or is a critique of religion - just what is it ?well you have to view a a very bizarre movie with a very bizarre and well acted k lead. to find out There are brilliant performances from the leads and most of the cast It starts out with a demobilised soldier who finds everything has changed at home ( including his parents have died)after journeying home; with nothing to keep him in his home town this , intense and bellicose , young man journeys around the south finding salesmen masquerading as men of the religion and people willing falling in with this charade- hazel motes decides t create his own religion one of truth and fact and one without Jesus. But hazel motes has his own daemons which manifest itself in dreams about sex and masochism – he goes from putting stones ins his boots ( a child hood thing ) to barbed wire around his torso and blinding himself. He is asexual but not homosexual and deeply disturbed.

Watch it ,as you know religion can do these things to a mind- albeit a delicate mind .


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