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Belizaire the Cajun (1986)

A Cajun man attempts to save his town.

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Belizaire Breaux
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Alida Thibodaux
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Hypolite Leger
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Matthew Perry
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Rebecca
Loulan Pitre ...
Sheriff
Andre Delaunay ...
Dolsin
Jim Levert ...
Amadee Meaux
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Paul Landry ...
Sosthene
Allan Durand ...
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The Preacher
Bob Edmundson ...
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Charlie Goulas ...
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A Cajun man attempts to save his town.

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13 June 1986 (USA)  »

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Acadian Waltz  »

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$1,444,618 (USA)
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Features the Cajun music and singing of Michael Doucet and Beausoleil. See more »

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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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Belizaire the Cajun is an excellent movie about Louisiana in the 1850s
21 July 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

When I was a teenager in Baton Rouge, La. in 1986, I saw a large newspaper ad for this movie, Belizaire the Cajun, in my local paper, the Morning Advocate (now simply The Advocate). Among the critics that praised the movie in the ad was one David Foil who wrote his full-length reviews that appeared every Friday in the FUN section every week. I don't remember him having one of this in any FUN section but the fact that this got such a large ad in our paper obviously meant that this was a very important movie for Louisiana citizens based on the subject matter and the fact that the filmmaker, writer/director Glen Pitre, came from the state. Having now seen Belizaire the Cajun 21 years after its original release, I can now say what an awesome drama about the Cajuns and their struggles against the prejudice of certain white Americans who settled in The Pelican State, this is. Armand Assante plays the title character, who is a healer of various illnesses, with such a sense of humor and pride in his heritage that you're with him all the way with his attitudes on various peoples that upset him. Among them are Will Patton as the father of the children of Gail Youngs who has a history with Assante, and Stephen McHattie who is Patton's brother-in-law and seems to hate Assante and his people even more than Patton. Michael Schoeffling, best known as Molly Ringwald's crush Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles, plays a cousin of Assante's who gets in trouble. And someone related to director Pitre named Loulan plays the sheriff. Plus there's a cameo by Robert Duvall, who helped get this film made, as a preacher. All of the performances I've just mentioned plus others are excellent as well as the Cajun music played by Michael Doucet and Beausoleil. Without giving anymore away, I'll just say the cliché, you'll laugh and cry and possibly think of how far we've come culturally a century or so since those times. And maybe hope to find someone to dance to the wonderful Cajun music that's presented here...


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