Blaze (1989)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  13 December 1989 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eldon Tuck
Garland Bunting ...
Doc Ferriday
Arvin Deeter
Jay Chevalier ...
Wiley Braden
Red Snyder
Michael Brockman ...
Willie Rainach
Teresa Gilmore ...
Tamara Knight
Dianne Brill ...
Delilah Dough


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)  »

Also Known As:

Blaze - Eine gefährliche Liebe  »

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$19,131,246 (USA)

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The year this film was shot there was an election in Louisiana. One of the items to vote on was bill that had many different state projects. It was defeated the same day the crew was filming the funeral scene overnight in the Capital Building in Baton Rouge. The crew had to leave before all the props could be removed, including the coffin. The defeated bill was laid in the coffin by someone before the next daily legislative session began. See more »


In the last long shot, reflection of camera helicopter is visible in glass door of building. See more »


Earl Long: Earl Kemp Long. Some people call me "unkempt" Long.
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pretty good
6 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of the few times that Ron Shelton made a movie that didn't deal with sports and he did a pretty good job. Paul Newman plays the democratic governor of Louisiana and he has an election coming up but can't run for governor again, so he has a friend of his run for governor and Newman will run as lieutenant governor and right after the election the friend will step down and Newman will become governor. Lolita Davidovich plays a big time stripper who at first is suspicious of Newman when he comes on to her but the wind up falling in love. This is set in the late 50s and is down south and since segregation is a big issue Newman's rivals will use it against him in the election. It doesn't help when Newman is having an affair with a stripper and supports civil rights for black people. This is a really good film about politics and also turns out to be a good romance.

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