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Wise Blood -- In this acclaimed adaptation of the first novel by legendary Southern writer Flannery O'Connor, John Huston vividly brings to life her poetic world of American eccentricity. Brad Dourif, in an impassioned performance, is Hazel Motes, who, fresh out of the army, attempts to open the first Church Without Christ in the small town of Taulkinham.
Wise Blood -- Trailer for this film based on the Flannery O'Connor novel


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Release Date:
17 February 1980 (USA) See more »
An American Masterpiece!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Brad Dourif ... Hazel Motes

John Huston ... Grandfather (as John Huston)

Dan Shor ... Enoch Emory

Harry Dean Stanton ... Asa Hawks

Amy Wright ... Sabbath Lily
Mary Nell Santacroce ... Landlady

Ned Beatty ... Hoover Shoates

William Hickey ... Preacher
J.L. Parker ... Karl
Marvin Sapp
Richard Earle
Herb Kossover ... Jacob Wood
Betty Lou Groover
John Tyndall
Gillaaron Houck
Philip Mixer
Sharon Johnson
Joe Dorsey
Stratton Leopold ... Depressed Human
Leonard Holmes
Daniel Albright
Tommy Alson
Harold Horne
Jim Barbee
Gene Howard
Raymond Foskey
Vicky Dyer
Jerry Rushing
Ken Flower
Gladys Hill
Ray Wilkes ... Slade Bob Jackson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Albright ... Policeman (as Daniel Albright)

Allan A. Apone ... Gonga The Gorilla (uncredited)
Don Chambers ... Street Listener (uncredited)

William Finley ... Man (uncredited)
Bart Russell ... Man in the Street (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston  (as Jhon Huston)
Writing credits
Flannery O'Connor (novel)

Benedict Fitzgerald (screenplay) &
Michael Fitzgerald (screenplay)

Produced by
Hans Brockmann .... associate producer
Kathy Fitzgerald .... producer
Michael Fitzgerald .... producer
Wolfgang Limmer .... co-producer
Original Music by
Alex North 
Cinematography by
Gerry Fisher 
Film Editing by
Roberto Silvi 
Casting by
Stratton Leopold 
Set Decoration by
Sally Fitzgerald 
Costume Design by
Sally Fitzgerald 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist (as Al Apone)
Production Management
Stratton Leopold .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gene Anderson Jr. .... second assistant director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director
Tony Huston .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Tom Shaw Jr. .... property master
Sound Department
Colin Charles .... sound recordist
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary Weir .... boom operator
Elliot Tyson .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Bremner .... gaffer
Bernard Ford .... camera operator (as Benny Ford)
J.L. Parker .... generator operator
Mike Rutter .... first assistant camera (as Michael Rutter)
Jimmy Waters .... key grip
Denny Mooradian .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Uta Freiwald .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Cesare D'Amico .... assistant editor
Music Department
Michael Fronik .... music editor
Alex North .... music adaptor
Bob Badami .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Curt Sobel .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Marlowe Thompson .... transportation
Other crew
Angela Allen .... script supervisor
Dennis McCarthy .... assistant: Alex North
Barbara McKenzie .... title stills
Jim McCarthy .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jhon Huston's Wise Blood" - USA (complete title)
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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Actor Brad Dourif was originally sent the script to audition for the character Enoch Emery. But Brad had such a good feeling about the Hazel Motes character, Dourif asked to audition for that instead. The problem was, another actor, Tommy Lee Jones, was currently director John Huston's first choice for the part. However, things didn't go to plan. Jones had to drop out, giving Dourif the opportunity to audition like he wanted to, and then landing the role of Hazel for himself.See more »
Continuity: Position of blanket around Hazel changes as he opens the door to his room.See more »
Hazel:Your conscience is a trick, it don't exist, and if you think it does, then you had best get it out in the open, hunt it down and kill it.See more »
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Referenced in Notes from Under the Volcano (1984)See more »


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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
wise blood, 17 October 2005
Author: robertpiser from United States

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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