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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.

Director:

Ron Shelton

Writers:

Blaze Starr (book), Huey Perry (book) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Gov. Earl K. Long
Lolita Davidovich ... Blaze Starr
Jerry Hardin ... Thibodeaux
Gailard Sartain ... LaGrange
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Eldon Tuck
Garland Bunting Garland Bunting ... Doc Ferriday
Richard Jenkins ... Picayune
Brandon Smith ... Arvin Deeter
Jay Chevalier Jay Chevalier ... Wiley Braden
Robert Wuhl ... Red Snyder
Michael Brockman Michael Brockman ... Bobby
Eloy Casados ... Antoine
James Harper ... Willie Rainach
Teresa Gilmore Teresa Gilmore ... Tamara Knight
Dianne Brill Dianne Brill ... Delilah Dough
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blaze - Eine gefährliche Liebe See more »

Filming Locations:

Montgomery, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$19,131,246
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Earl Long: I want you to meet the finest yes-men in Lousiana and their lovely wives.
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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good performances
1 December 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1950. A young woman (Lolita Davidovich) leaves her rural West Virginian childhood home with a guitar and hopes for a singing career. Burlesque club owner Red Snyder finds her working at a diner. He pushes her to perform more risqué and she runs away from the sleazy promoter. She ends up in New Orleans performing under the name Blaze Starr where she catches the eye of flamboyant Governor of Louisiana Earl Long (Paul Newman).

Paul Newman is really chewing up this role. Lolita Davidovich is a fiery redhead. These are great characters. The story and how it's played out isn't the most compelling. This needs more tension in the drama. Earl is a wild character but he's not particularly funny. These are good performances but the drama could be more intense. It's a bit too long and has a bit too much filler.


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