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4.4 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

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BLAZE - DVD Movie

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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Lolita Davidovich, Jerry Hardin, Gailard Sartain, Jeffrey DeMunn
  • Directors: Ron Shelton
  • Writers: Ron Shelton, Blaze Starr, Huey Perry
  • Producers: Dale Pollock, David V. Lester, Don Miller, Gil Friesen
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video / Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DZTLW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,358 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blaze" on IMDb

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This movie stirred some controversy when it came out because it is based on the autobiography of Blaze Starr, and so as history it is somewhat unreliable. But the movie works very well on its own terms, and I believe is and was underappreciated. Among other things, it includes another fine performance by Paul Newman, which is worth the price of admission by itself. It is too bad that it is now out of print. Seen as a story told through Starr's eyes, the movie works very well. It is both poignant and funny, and tells this colorful episode of Louisiana history entertainingly (but it's not a documentary, so don't expect complete historical accuracy). Paul Newman gives a memorable performance as Goveror Earl Long, and Lolita Davidowich and the supporting cast are also great. The movie also has a superb soundtrack that includes Fats Domino, Hank Williams and Randy Newman.
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Politics, scandalous affair, and sexy-what more could you want??! Seriously, I enjoyed this film alot. I did not judge this as a documentary or biography. It is noted in the credits that this is "based on Miss Starrs memoirs". This is a story of a poor West Virginia gal who becomes the glamorous burlesque stripper Blaze Starr and her relationship with Governor Earl Long. Lolita Davidovich does a great job as Blaze and she is very sexy! Paul Newman is awesome as Governor Earl Long. Blaze may be naive to the ways of the world but learns to look out for herself. Gov. Long is a wheeler dealer who is a smart politician and outsmarts his opponents. I thought this film was very good and enjoyed it immensely. Entertaining and well done!
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This hansome, rich bio of Earl Long, Louisiana political honcho who fell in love with stripper Blaze Starr (Lolita Davidovich) while he was governor in the 1950s. Paul Newman is excellent in the lead. There is fine support from a veteran cast of character actors. This is superb entertainment. Political junkies can enjoy detailed political history here. Others can be amazed at Newman's performance, Davidovich's beauty, and director Ron Shelton's eye for atmosphere and detail.
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It is rare that I purchase dvds anymore but this is one I had to own. It is a hidden gem for any Paul Newman fan. He does a great job at portraying an old southern Govenor in the twighlight of his years. If you are political junkie as I am you will also love the glimpse at southern politics of a time gone by.
Now, I cannot put down an honest review without mentioning the co-star. The first time I saw this film Ms. Davidovitch simply took my breath away, she plays a beautiful sensual lady to perfection and she and Newman make an interesting and believable pair in this movie.
If you have not seen this film treat yourself to it. It is a delight.
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In their day Huey and Earl were "something else." I remember seeing posters advertising Blaze Starr when I was a little and and wanting to go see her. For her day she was quite something too. Sorry we will never really know either of these public figures due to the vagueries regarding which histories of the past get attention.
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Very well done portrayal of a true story in our political history. We forget how 'things work' in the constant flurry of tidbits of 'news' with which we are bombarded every day. The Long brothers were real people, living in real time, and Paul Newman did his usual excellent characterization, always worth watching. We want to elevate charismatic politicians to above human standards, this man was shown with all of his flaws. The concept of power and sex is always intriguing to us, and here it is.
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This movie will make you laugh out loud, and cry a little too. It's based on real people: I have friends who remember Earl, and even they tell me Newman did a helluva job. Look carefully and you will see the real Blaze playing a small part in the movie...she was on-set as an advisor I'm sure. This is based on her book,(which I finally found) and the movie did a very good job of taking it from print to film. The music will run through your head for days after you watch this. I don't want to ruin it for you, but he first time I saw Paul Newman in bed with his boots on I almost had to hide my eyes---he's sooooo distinguished and I just couldn't believe he did that scene!!
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This movie is a pretty good tale of the free wheeling, do what needs to be done style of Louisiana politics. Blaze Starr was one resourcful lady and her man was one resourcful Governor. The pair made one crackerjack team. The story I believe does a pretty good job of representing the period , politics, and people of that time.
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