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Blaze (2018)

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A reimagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement.

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Ethan Hawke
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Dickey ... Blaze Foley
Alia Shawkat ... Sybil
Charlie Sexton ... Townes Van Zandt
Josh Hamilton ... Zee
Kris Kristofferson ... Edwin Fuller
Richard Linklater ... Oilman
Sam Rockwell ... Oilman
Steve Zahn ... Oilman
Gurf Morlix Gurf Morlix ... Himself
Ethan Hawke ... Radio DJ
Alynda Segarra ... Marsha (as Alynda Lee Segarra)
Sybil Rosen Sybil Rosen ... Mrs. Rosen
Nancy Roppolo Nancy Roppolo ... Outhouse Waitress 1
David Hinson David Hinson ... Outhouse Cook
Aaron Augustus Aaron Augustus ... Bus Boy
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Storyline

Inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze's past, present and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen; his last, dark night on earth; and the impact of his songs and his death had on his fans, friends, and foes. The braided storyline terminates in a bittersweet ending that acknowledges Blaze's profound highs and lows, as well as the impressions he made on the people who shared his journey. Written by Michiel Hanswijk

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Based on a True Texas Love Story

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,250, 19 August 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$69,114, 29 November 2018
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The entire film was filmed on DJI products. See more »

Goofs

During a montage scene when Blaze is writing postcards from the road, Sybil is shown counting a handful of redesigned $20 bills. Foley was killed in 1989, but the redesigned $20 was not available to the public until 1998. See more »

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Featured in Conan: Ethan Hawke/Daniel Sloss/Ninja Sex Party (2018) See more »

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My Mellow Melodies.
18 February 2019 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Blaze

Hawke, surprisingly doesn't have the Linklater-ness in him. His methods are not illuminating but romantic. He craves for the love and the chemistry that he evidently understands, is often the crux of the game. Unfortunately, he doesn't have the guns to pull it off. The actors doesn't have the caliber to carry it all on their shoulders. In fact, the push, the spark, itself isn't enough for them to boost off for a long marathon. Their fatal sprints and leaps is not a way to be still, to just breathe, on screen. Ben Dickey plays the titled character Blaze Foley and might show some promising talent on the dramatic monologues and musical numbers.

Sybil played by Alia Shawkat is the major upset. She is incredible in their heartwarming moments as a couple sharing some flirty humorous talks, but as soon as the edginess comes in on the equation, the mutterings fades into silence. She fails to push Dickey back and then pull him. One of the most dramatic scene where Shawkat completely loses at drunk Dickey is a fine example of it, as the audience fails to grasp any whatsoever drama projected on screen.

On terms of writing, the script does have antics to rely upon, which may not come off easy to behold it on screen. And yes, Hawke fails to glorify them on screen, and primary reason to that would be him not trying to build up any sequence to that one moment that it hinges upon. The conversations and the cameos stabilizes this over thought out film, where in both the cases you can see a glimpse of Richard Linklater; all the jokes are funny in here. Blaze is anything but blazing, it is warm, but definitely not blazing, it is cozy but not blazing, calculative not blazing.


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