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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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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
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Gov. Earl K. Long
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Blaze Starr
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Thibodeaux
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LaGrange
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Eldon Tuck
Garland Bunting ...
Doc Ferriday
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Picayune
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Arvin Deeter
Jay Chevalier ...
Wiley Braden
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Red Snyder
Michael Brockman ...
Bobby
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Antoine
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Willie Rainach
Teresa Gilmore ...
Tamara Knight
Dianne Brill ...
Delilah Dough
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Lily
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Rev. Marquez
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Marquez' Son
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Lora Fleming
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Debbie Fleming
Ben Cook ...
Younger Brother
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Hospital Director (as John Fertitta)
Harlan Jordan ...
Dr. Cheeseborough
Rod Masterson ...
Town Talk Reporter #1
Bill Dunleavy ...
Town Talk Reporter #2
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Jimmie Davis
Mike Baer ...
Secretary of Legislature
Bob Cherry ...
Earls Crony
Sid Lacey ...
Earls Crony
Harold G. Herthum ...
Earls Crony
Fred Lewis ...
Heckling Reporter (as Frederick F. Lewis)
Al Robinson ...
Magnolia Local
Dick Person ...
General Store Owner
Brooks Read ...
Reporter in Store
Bill Mesman ...
Rep. Davis
John A. Barber ...
Rep. Hebert
Patrik Baldauff ...
Rep. Kennon
Carey Rauhman Holliday ...
Rep. Alexander
Robert Earle ...
Rep. Elfin
Thomas Radcliffe Atkins ...
Rep. Johnson
Thomas C. Smith-Alden ...
Asylum Spokesman
Donald J. Lee Jr. ...
Donut Shop Man
Pat Snow ...
Johnnie Mae
George Wyatt ...
Drunken Officer #1
Deano Thornton ...
Drunken Officer #2
David R. Conly ...
Drunken Sailor
Janet Shea ...
Crony Wife #1
Glynn Rubin ...
Crony Wife #2
Michael O'Neal ...
Motorcycle Trooper
Michael Brooks ...
Motorcycle Trooper
Stanley Hughes ...
Motorcycle Trooper
Kevin Graham ...
Motorcycle Trooper
Wendell Raybon ...
Motorcycle Trooper
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Dufee
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Businesman in Show Bar (uncredited)
Calliway Callicott ...
Extra (uncredited)
Gary Cambre ...
WDSU-TV Reporter (uncredited)
Leonard Caples ...
Barfly (uncredited)
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Stewardess (uncredited)
Rusty Gregoire ...
Courthouse Attendant (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
David Nall ...
Press Reporter (uncredited)
Dave Petitjean ...
Security Doorman (uncredited)
Andrew j Spinks ...
Men's Club Patron (uncredited)
Mason Wood ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ron Shelton

Written by

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Blaze Starr ... (book "Blaze Starr: My Life as Told to Huey Perry") and
Huey Perry ... (book "Blaze Starr: My Life as Told to Huey Perry")
 
Ron Shelton ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Wendy Dozoretz ... associate producer
Gil Friesen ... producer
David V. Lester ... executive producer
Don Miller ... executive producer
Dale Pollock ... producer

Music by

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Bennie Wallace

Cinematography by

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Haskell Wexler

Film Editing by

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Robert Leighton
Michael King ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Barbara Dunning ... assistant editor
Steven Nevius ... assistant editor (as Steve Nevius)
Adam Weiss ... assistant film editor
Michael King ... editor trainee (uncredited)

Casting By

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Victoria Thomas

Production Design by

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Armin Ganz

Art Direction by

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Ralph Chabaud
Edward Richardson
Troy Sizemore

Set Decoration by

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Rosemary Brandenburg
Michael Taylor ... (as Michael J. Taylor)

Costume Design by

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Ruth Myers

Makeup Department

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Judith A. Cory ... hair stylist (as Judith Alexander-Cory)
Stacy Kelly ... makeup artist (as Stacy Stewart Kelly)
Lisa Meyers ... hair stylist
James Ryder ... additional makeup artist
Christina Smith ... makeup artist
Monty Westmore ... makeup artist
Kim Pease ... makeup trainee (uncredited)

Production Management

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Jayne Armstrong ... post-production supervisor
Penelope L. Foster ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Yudi Bennett ... first assistant director
Debra Kent ... second assistant director
Donald J. Lee Jr. ... second assistant director
David V. Lester ... second unit director

Art Department

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John Alvin ... poster artist
Jay Fisher ... scenic artist
Harold Fuhrman ... set designer
John A. Kelly ... head painter
Ricky Riggs ... painter
Chris L. Spellman ... construction estimator
Charles Stewart ... property master
Frank Hendrick ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Joe Dorn ... adr editor
Bruce Fortune ... sound editor
Kirk Francis ... sound mixer
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer
Scott D. Jackson ... foley supervisor
Peggy Names ... sound utility
Jeffrey Perkins ... re-recording mixer
Solange S. Schwalbe ... foley supervisor
Michael G. Smith ... boom operator
Mychal Smith ... boom operator
Bruce Stambler ... supervising sound editor
Becky Sullivan ... supervising adr editor
Shawn Sykora ... foley editor
Richard E. Yawn ... sound editor
David Napoli ... utility sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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David K. Nami ... special effects technician

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert L. Blatman ... assistant camera
Douglas S. Holgate ... second assistant camera
Gary Holt ... gaffer
Michael Kelem ... aerial camera operator
Bob E. Krattiger ... best boy electric
Philip C. Pfeiffer ... director of photography: second unit
P. Scott Sakamoto ... first assistant camera
Bruce D. Spellman ... second grip
Stephen St. John ... camera operator
John Toll ... director of photography: second unit
Bill Young ... key grip
Bill Rustic ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Dee Cothern ... extras casting
Matthew W. Davis ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mitchell Ray Kenney ... set costumer
Linda Matthews ... costume supervisor
Mary Law Weir ... costumer

Location Management

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Edward Bowen ... location assistant
Rory Enke ... location manager
Patricia Serafina Madiedo ... locations key

Music Department

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David Anderle ... music supervisor
Alan Edward Bell ... assistant music editor
George Doering ... musician
Julie Giroux ... orchestrator
Wayne Peet ... composer: additional music cue
Scott Stambler ... music editor

Transportation Department

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Ted Basso ... production van driver operator
Ron Bledsoe ... transportation
Steve Boyd ... transportation coordinator
Maxwell R. Johnson II ... transportation captain
Greg Van Dyke ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Karen Golden ... script supervisor
Chris Hilsabeck ... production assistant
Cynthia Quan ... production accountant
David Rome ... production assistant
Denyse Rossi ... payroll accountant
John Sclimenti ... production assistant
Spooky Stevens ... unit publicist
Lisbeth Wynn-Owen ... production coordinator
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... aerial coordinator
Marsha Zvonkin ... assistant accountant
Julie Adams ... dialect coach (uncredited)
Burke Mattsson ... title designer (uncredited)
Preston Trahan ... uncredited

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Blaze - Eine gefährliche Liebe (Germany)
  • El escándalo Blaze (Spain)
  • Blaze, o Escândalo (Brazil)
  • Blaze, Amor Proibido (Portugal)
  • Ilotyttö ja poliitikko (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $1,739,701, 17 Dec 1989

Did You Know?

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Trivia Melanie Griffith turned down the role of Blaze Starr which in the end was cast with actress Lolita Davidovich. See more »
Goofs In the last long shot, reflection of camera helicopter is visible in glass door of building. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Family Business/Blaze/We're No Angels/The Wizard/The Rosegarden (1989). See more »
Quotes Lora Fleming: Never trust a man who says, "Trust me."
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