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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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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 & 2 nominations See more »
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Wise Blood and Mary Flannery O'Connor See more (37 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Huston's Wise Blood" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
106 min
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Goofs:
Continuity: Hazels' position changes between shots as he talks with the landlady about being clean.See more »
Quotes:
Hazel:What the hell kind of a preacher are you not to see if you can save my soul?See more »

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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Wise Blood and Mary Flannery O'Connor, 3 May 2003

I finally saw this movie. Had to get it on loan through the inter-library loaning service. I liked it very much. It was pretty faithful to Flannery O'Connor's story. John Houston and the cast deserve accolades for bringing this story, that can be elusive when trying to figure out what is going on, to the screen. And from some of the viewer's comments, I can see how difficult it is to understand. I sent some e-mails of my views to some of the reviewer's of this movie.

Any review of "Wise Blood" must be done in the context of the book. The odd ball and crazy characters we see all have a purpose. The hypocracy of religion is only a tool. Many of us at some point have seen some of the characters; the odd balls, the charlatans. Ned Beatty is magnificent in almost a cameo role for him. There is a tool in writing called "use of the grotesque" and some have called it "Southern grotesque". Referencing that most of the strange characters come from the South. But whether that is true or not, it did provide a source for Flannery O'Connor's books and stories.

It has been written that her stories and books are narrow, because they deal with Christianity and in particular with people in crisis and how these people go about resolving their crisis. But her stories are well-crafted and "full of insight about human weakness".

Hazel Motes crisis was trying to build a church of Christ without Christ and this led him down a path he could not resolve in his mind. Everywhere he turned, his church and ultimately he was rejected. I believe(I use these words because this is my interpretation) Hazel finally realizes that if all his attempts have failed then there is a Jesus. And Hazel being a prophet now must suffer like a prophet. The rest is his own doing his atonement for sinning. There was one small part in the book left out of the movie. When the police go to find Hazel, one of the policemen hits him with his night stick. I think of Christ being stabbed on the cross by a Roman Soldier, when the policeman hits Hazel. Also in the movie there is not enough emphasis on the Landlady's change. When she first starts taking care O hazel after he blinds himself, she is interested in his money(not explained well in the movie). After he leaves her and goes out in the rain storm, she is fearful he will get sick, and when he comes back not realizing he is dead, tells him it is okay. He can stay upstairs or not. He can do what he wants. She has experienced a return to grace. There is a collection of Mary O'Connor's writings and lectures she gave called "Mystery and Manners" edited by her good friend Sally Fitzgerald. There is a lot of material that helps to explain her writing. I wish I could explain more about Flannery O'connor, but I am glad I can read her and glad that John Houston made "Wise Blood" into a movie.

Regards,

Fran Stone

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