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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
Blaze, where are you? You out here? Huh? Where are you? Goddamn TV! Ahh. "As a dog "returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly."The Lord gave. The Lord taketh away! Blessed be the name of... You goddamn whore. You... redheaded... harlot! She ran out on me! You know why? Because, I run 5th place... last time on the track. You after my money? Well, surprise. I don't have any! People think I'm lining my pockets. The fact is, money bores me! What the hell do I need with a woman like ...
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"Blaze" tells of the lives of Blaze Starr (Davidovich), stripper and consort of Earl Long (Newman), the fire breathing eccentric governor of the state of Louisiana during the 50's. Shelton manages to make a moderately interesting film from the marginally interesting lives of Starr and Long although there is evidence of a struggle in the lack of substance in the film for two strange bedfellows whose accomplishments where less than notable and who themselves were little more than colorful. A good film with solid performances by the principals which will most likely be enjoyed by fans of the stars or those with an interest in Louisiana political history.
Footnote: Earl K. Long should not be confused with his older and more flamboyant brother also governor of Louisiana, Huey P. Long, who was assassinated.
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