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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 »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The real-life birth name of Blaze Starr, portrayed in the film by actress Lolita Davidovich, was "Fannie Belle Fleming". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Blaze Starr: Just 'cause I fail to deliver upon your expectations, it don't mean that I am a C-U-N-T.
Earl Long: You ain't no such thing.
Blaze Starr: I didn't want my outward presentation to confuse you.
Earl Long: Well, you ain't like any stripper I'm used to.
Blaze Starr: I know, 'cause I ain't a stripper. I'm a dancer.
Earl Long: Can I ask you a personal question?
Blaze Starr: Yes, sir.
Earl Long: Are you registered to vote?
Blaze Starr: No, Sir. I just moved to Louisiana.
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Connections

Featured in Tell Them Who You Are (2004) See more »

User Reviews

 
Lolita Davidovich is amazing!
11 December 2001 | by jharbinSee all my reviews

As a transplanted Southerner, I usually hate to see movies about the South, but this one is dead-on. The most amazing thing about the movie is Lolita Davidovich, whose performance is wonderful, as is her "accent". The Southern politics were displayed accurately (unfortunately), and the "boots scene" still has me smiling. Wonderful!


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blaze See more »

Filming Locations:

Montgomery, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,739,701, 17 December 1989

Gross USA:

$19,131,246

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,131,246
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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