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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 ... Earl Long
Lolita Davidovich ... Blaze Starr
Jerry Hardin ... Thibodeaux
Gailard Sartain ... LaGrange
Jeffrey DeMunn ... 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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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This motion picture's opening title card reads: "1950 Twelvepole Creek West Virginia". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Blaze Starr: I thought that going to bed could mean a little more than thrashing around all night in wild ecstasy. I thought it could mean cuddling and toasty warmth, sharing one's innermost needs and fears. That's what gettin' naked truly means to me. That's what sex truly is. I'm sorry. It is too bad. I guess you don't ever want to get totally naked with me.
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Lame biopic
2 November 2002 | by sorannoSee 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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