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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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Cast

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Hazel Motes
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Grandfather (as Jhon Huston)
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Enoch Emory
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Asa Hawks
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Sabbath Lily
Mary Nell Santacroce ...
Landlady
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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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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17 February 1980 (USA)  »

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John Huston's Wise Blood  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Position of blanket around Hazel changes as he opens the door to his room. See more »

Quotes

Old man storekeeper: Was ya' wounded, Haze?
Hazel: Yes, I was.
Old man storekeeper: How come you wasn't wearin' no Purple Heart?
Hazel: Well, I got one, but I didn't want people to know *where*... I was wounded.
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Crazy Credits

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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Jhon Huston's Wise Blood is PERFECT
20 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a great character study - in that, it explores what a person becomes if they are a "true idealist". The idea is that we all give up certain ideals every single day in exchange for making our lives more efficient and effective. Where the main character of this story is a solid, immobile foundation of ideals. We see how it slowly corrodes his life, his social connections and affects the people around him.

Think about it this way: if you live in a city where you think the MTA charges too much for bus/train fare, but choose to utilize the service because the other options are too hard to follow through with each and everyday, you've essentially given up an ideal. The main character in this movie wouldn't do that, he would walk to his destination or learn to ride a bicycle or what have you. That is, at least, my understanding of this the lead character in this phenomenal movie.


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