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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 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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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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Biography | Drama

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Trivia

Blaze Starr performed in Philadelphia in later years after moving to Baltimore, many times, as there was a rumor her and then Philadelphia Police Captain Frank Rizzo Jr. were a couple. Even though he had arrested her on one occasion for indecency. It is supposed from that point on the romance blossomed. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lora Fleming: Never trust a man who says, "Trust me."
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Connections

Referenced in Welcome to Hollywood (1998) See more »

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pretty good
6 September 2005 | by KyleFurr2See 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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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