A middle-aged Louisiana governor falls in love with a young stripper, which jeopardizes his political career and the radical policies which have made him a controversial figure.

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This movie tells the story of the latter years of Earl Long, a flamboyant governor of Louisiana. The aging Earl, an unapologetic habitue of strip joints, falls in love with young stripper Blaze Starr. When Earl and Blaze move in together, Earl's opponents use this to attack his controversial political program, which included civil rights for blacks in the 1950's. Can Earl keep Blaze and retain control of the state? Written by Reid Gagle

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13 December 1989 (USA)  »

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Blaze - Eine gefährliche Liebe  »

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$19,131,246 (USA)
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Blaze Starr performed in Philadelphia in later years after moving to Baltimore, many times, as there was a rumor her and then Philadelphia Police Captain Frank Rizzo Jr. were a couple. Even though he had arrested her on one occasion for indecency. It is supposed from that point on the romance blossomed. See more »

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Quotes

Blaze Starr: Just 'cause I fail to deliver upon your expectations, it don't mean that I am a C-U-N-T.
Earl Long: You ain't no such thing.
Blaze Starr: I didn't want my outward presentation to confuse you.
Earl Long: Well, you ain't like any stripper I'm used to.
Blaze Starr: I know, 'cause I ain't a stripper. I'm a dancer.
Earl Long: Can I ask you a personal question?
Blaze Starr: Yes, sir.
Earl Long: Are you registered to vote?
Blaze Starr: No, Sir. I just moved to Louisiana.
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dumbed-down cartoon history
7 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Director Ron Shelton's second romantic wet dream transposes all the heavy breathing of his Minor League debut hit 'Bull Durham' to the shady arena of Southern politics, where the randy and eccentric Earl K. Long (in his own words the "fine governor of the great State of Louisiana") falls in love with Bourbon St. stripper Blaze Starr. With his auteur's eye firmly affixed to the bottom line (pun intended) Shelton turns an unlikely true story into a colorful live-action cartoon, with plenty of all-too clever (at least to its author) dialogue and a not unexpected measure of character whitewashing: Starr is of course no common stripper, but a well-proportioned angel with a heart of gold. In her big screen debut Lolita Davidovich gives the title role an appealing vitality, but the lip-smacking, lecherous governor is an odd role for Paul Newman. His wild (if memorable) performance approaches a pitch-perfect facsimile of Long's actual personality (listen to the governor's recorded voice at the end of the final credits), but watching the actor submit to Shelton's idea of a dirty old man can be as much an embarrassment to viewers as it must have been for Newman himself.


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