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Belizaire the Cajun (1986)

PG  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  13 June 1986 (USA)
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A Cajun man attempts to save his town.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Belizaire Breaux
Alida Thibodaux
Hypolite Leger
James Willoughby
Matthew Perry
Loulan Pitre ...
Andre Delaunay ...
Jim Levert ...
Amadee Meaux
Ernie Vincent ...
Old Perry
Paul Landry ...
Allan Durand ...
The Preacher
Bob Edmundson ...
Head Vigilante
Charlie Goulas ...


A Cajun man attempts to save his town.

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Release Date:

13 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Acadian Waltz  »

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$1,444,618 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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This film was shot in only 36 days and used mostly Acadia's local talent. See more »


Priest: ...and for your penance say the Rosary five times. Now make a good Act of Contrition.
Belizaire: FIVE Rosaries? Father, I have never in my life had to say so much as three Rosaries, let alone five. One, two at the most ...
Priest: Belizaire, the penance comes from God. It's not something that you negotiate.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Blood Waters of Dr. Z (1999) See more »

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Oui, ça va!
14 May 2001 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a fine film-- not necessarily a great one, but one with some great content. Armand Assante, who like the late character actor, J. Carrol Naish, is able to place himself seamlessly in almost any ethnic role, from a Cuban to a Greek, is Belizaire, the Cajun. Little knowledge will be gained about these marvelous people who were expelled in early 19th century British ethnic cleansing from L'Acadie, a region near present-day Quebec, to the Dominican Republic, scattered along the eastern seaboard of the US and then making their way back to Francophone Louisiana. The term 'Cajun,' comes from a local pronunciation of Acadian. The Cajuns fiercely separate themselves ethnically from the other descendants of the French immigrants, the Creoles both culturally and linguistically and doggedly maintain their cultural traditions into the present time. This film, which is not at all badly done, touches little of that and gives only a tiny taste of Cajun culture...but in the brief spot using the music of Michael Doucet and his band, Beausoleil-- what a taste! The plot, Belizaire is an entrepreneur and pleasant con-man who's in a love competition with Will Patton (in an early role), leads to complications in which Belizaire is willing to sacrifice his life to bring peace with his non-Cajun neighbors. In the end, Belizaire uses his quick wits and con-man skills to make the situation right. I would have liked to have seen much more of the Cajun way of life brought in. But, there were some fine local scenes and the costumes and settings looked great. The Cajuns are a fascinating group of people with wonderful music and traditions. We get only occasional glances of this rapidly disappearing way of life and this film adds another glimpse which should not be passed up, no matter how imperfect it is. This film is available on video and is certainly worth the price of rental. If it crops up on the late show, I would certainly check it out.

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