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Writers:
Flannery O'Connor (novel)
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Release Date:
17 February 1980 (USA) See more »
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An American Masterpiece!
Plot:
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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2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Darkly satiric See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Brad Dourif ... Hazel Motes

John Huston ... Grandfather (as Jhon 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)
 
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Also Known As:
"Jhon Huston's Wise Blood" - USA (complete title)
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106 min
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28 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Darkly satiric, 10 March 2004
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Preaching the Church Without Christ, Hazel Motes (Brad Dourif) tells anyone that will listen that he wants a church that is free from salvation and dogma, a church "where the blind don't see and the lame don't walk and what's dead stays that way". With existentialist overtones, he says, `Where you came from is gone, where you thought you were going to never was there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it." In John Huston's darkly satiric film Wise Blood, adapted from Flannery O' Connor's first novel, Haze is caught in a struggle between the obsessions of his past and his desire to live the truth.

The more he resists his rigid Christian upbringing represented by his fundamentalist grandfather, the closer he is drawn to it. No matter what he does, Jesus moves "from tree to tree in the back of his mind, the wild ragged figure motioning him to turn around and come off into the dark." Raised in a predominately Protestant area, Flannery O' Connor was a devout Catholic whose novels and short stories paint a tragi-comic portrait of Bible Belt evangelism and the hypocrisy that thrives in decaying Southern towns. While the film is a human rather than a Christian interpretation and the ending is simply tragic without being spiritually revealing, it still remarkably captures the essence of the novel and, if nothing else, will send viewers scurrying to their nearest library.

Set sometime in the mid-twentieth century, Haze has returned from the war with a big chip on his shoulder. Without joy he returns to his family home in Eastrod, Tennessee but on finding it run down and deserted takes a train to the fictional Taulkinham. Here he is seen by everyone that he meets to be a preacher even though he strongly protests. Even the taxi driver tells him that his hat and "a look in your face somewheres" make him look like a preacher. Brad Dourif's appearance suggests Haze with a "nose like the shrike's bill, eyes the color of pecan shells and set so deep they are like passages leading nowhere." When he meets a blind street preacher Asa Hawks (Harry Dean Stanton) and his fifteen-year old daughter, Sabbath Lily (Amy Wright), childhood memories are reactivated and he proudly tells them that he doesn't believe in anything.

With a zeal that might be described as the passion of the anti-Christ, Haze buys a broken down "rat-coloured" car that becomes the rock upon which he builds his new church, the Church Without Christ. Wearing a preacher's bright blue suit and black hat, Haze stands on the hood of his car and addresses a handful of stragglers, spewing his contempt for Christianity. "Listen you people", he says, "I'm going to preach there was no fall because there was nothing to fall from and no redemption because there was no fall and no judgment because there wasn't the first two. Nothing matters but that Jesus was a liar." When anyone criticizes his car, Hazel defends himself with the statement, "Nobody with a good car needs to be justified." Haze attracts an assortment of mostly unlikable characters: con-artists, frauds, and women without moral discernment.

While some are repugnant, others are simply amusing and the film remains watchable because of its savage humour and colourful language. For example, when one character describes the Welfare woman who cared for him, "She sho was ugly. She had theseyer brown glasses and her hair was so thin it looked like ham gravy trickling over her skull", and, "a red-haired waitress at Walgreen's has "green eyes set in pink" so that she looks like a picture of a Lime Cherry Surprise." One of the most compelling characters, Enoch Emery (Dan Shor), a slow-witted eighteen-year old with "wise blood" like his daddy, provides the comic relief. Enoch is so desperate for friendship that, mimicking the travelling Gonga the Gorilla show, he steals the gorilla costume and sneaks up on people hoping they will shake his hand. In another sequence, thinking it may be the "new Jesus", Enoch steals a shrunken mummy from the museum and gives it to Haze.

When Haze becomes fed up with the town and its inhabitants, he tries to leave but is stopped by a sheriff who tells him he isn't going anywhere and proceeds to push his car into a lake in a parody of the baptism ritual. His behavior becomes more and more extreme, having decided that he cannot live in both worlds, he chooses to live according to his convictions. Lacking the ability to express love, he internalizes the car's destruction and now sees himself as "not clean". He stuffs his shoes with glass and rocks and wraps barbed wire across his chest, then throws lime on his face. Suggesting a parallel with the story of Paul on the road to Damascus, he loses his sight but regains his vision. As strongly as he has denied Christ's presence, however, he now cannot resist it. In spite of himself, Haze achieves the grace that he sought to avoid.

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