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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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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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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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wise blood
17 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Brad Dourif's performance as Hazel Motes is one of the finest I have ever seen. His talent is only matched by the brilliant direction of John Huston and the writing of Flannery O'Connor. Also Harry Dean Stanton and Amy Write are perfect together as the Father, Daughter team. It is sad, really, that films of this caliber aren't being produced anymore. Excellent acting. excellent writing. excellent direction. excellent soundtrack, and art direction. I applaud John Huston and the producers for doing the right thing here, and making a film that captured the feelings and the soul of a writer, O'Conner, and didn't give into basic, commercial self - interest.There was a time when FILMS meant something to people. We don't need another "Chucky get's Lucky" film; what we need are compelling films for people like Brad Dourif and the like minded talent in his company to have a chance to work in.


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