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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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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,739,701, 17 December 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,131,246
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Former Democrat Governor of Louisiana Earl Long, portrayed by Paul Newman in this picture, was the uncle of U.S. Democrat Louisiana Senator Russell Long, and the brother of another American Democrat Governor, U.S. Senator Huey P. Long, the latter of whom was assassinated, his story being told in the tele-movie Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995), which was made and first broadcast about six years after Blaze (1989). See more »

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

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Earl Long: Earl Kemp Long. Some people call me "unkempt" Long.
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Lame biopic
2 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

The scandalous love affair that was going on between Louisiana governor Earl Long (Paul Newman) and stripper Blaze Starr (Lolita Davidovich) is poorly dramatized in this rather slow moving 1989 Touchstone release. A good cast certainly tries hard but can't save this film from being a downer in the world of biopics.


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