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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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Director:
Writers:
Flannery O'Connor (novel)
Benedict Fitzgerald (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
17 February 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Exquisite Bittersweet Black Comedy See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (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 ... Raymond
Richard Earle ... Jakob Winslow
Herb Kossover ... Jacob Wood
Betty Lou Groover ... Leora Watts
John Tyndall ... Loki Martinson
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

Elijah Christopher Perry (as 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jhon Huston's Wise Blood" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
106 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Wise Blood was the second movie that John Huston and Ned Beatty made together after The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Hawks touches Hazel's face, in the next shot he's touching Hazel's hat.See more »
Quotes:
Hazel:[repeated line, about his rusted-out, disintegrating car] This is a good car, Mister! This car can take me anywhere I wanna go!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Notes from Under the Volcano (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Tennessee WaltzSee more »

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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Exquisite Bittersweet Black Comedy, 29 September 2003
Author: cordedpoodle from Los Angeles

Black humor has never been done better. But this is not a film for the squeamish. It's going to take some thought. Not a film to be watched while doing the dishes. This is a challenging but rewarding film that borders on being a great work of art. The first time I saw this film I was impressed. Each time I rewatch this movie it becomes more funny in an odd sort of fatalistic way. Each time I rewatch it it becomes more impressive. It's almost impossible to describe the way the bittersweet pathos of the movie collides with the funny, goofy, craziness of the characters. We've seen these people but rarely do we really consider their lives. They're damaged or idiots or inept swindlers or all three. We look at them with small amusement or try to get away from them, but don't give them much thought. I usually don't care much about actors. They are a dime a dozen. This film is different. This is pretty much every actors best role. Brad Dourif shows why he should be way more famous. Amy Wright is spellbinding in as a very strange girl. Dan Shor is hilarious and pathetic at the same time as a lonely moron. Stanton is hysterically funny as an utterly corrupt preacher. Lot's of other unusual and interesting performances including a small but wonderful performance by a sympathetic one armed mechanic, a wise but vicious highway patrolman and a small town hooker enjoying her own downward spiral. In the end all of the characters are doomed, but they are all worth caring for in spite of and because of their own strange but very human weaknesses. In addition it's beautifully filmed and has a heart rendering score that fits it perfectly. Reputed to be Hustons own personal favorite film, it bombed at the box office. Highly recommended.

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