DirectorRon Shelton Initial DVD releaseApril 6, 2004 Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateDecember 13, 1989 (1989-12-13) Based onBlaze Starr: My Life as Told to Huey Perry
by Blaze Starr
Huey Perry WriterBlaze Starr (book), Huey Perry (book), Ron Shelton (screenplay) CastPaul Newman (Gov. Earl K. Long), Lolita Davidovich (Blaze Starr), Jerry Hardin (Thibodeaux), Gailard Sartain (LaGrange), Jeffrey DeMunn (Eldon Tuck), Garland Bunting (Doc Ferriday) Similar moviesPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Magic Mike XXL, Ocean's Eleven, Rendition, Cashback, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
TaglineA governor. A stripper. Forced to chose between the office he held and the woman he loved, he chose both.
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Blaze is a 1989 film written and directed by Ron Shelton. Based on the 1974 memoir Blaze Starr: My Life as Told to Huey Perry by Blaze Starr and Huey Perry, the film stars Paul Newman as Earl Long and Lolita Davidovich as Blaze Starr, with Starr herself in a cameo appearance.
The movie tells the highly fictionalized story of the latter years of Earl Long, a flamboyant Governor of Louisiana, brother of assassinated governor and U.S. Senator Huey P. Long and uncle of longtime U.S. Senator Russell Long. According to the novel and film, Earl Long allegedly fell in love with a young stripper named Blaze Starr.
Paul Newman as Governor Earl Long
Lolita Davidovich as Blaze Starr
Jerry Hardin as Thibodeaux
Gailard Sartain as LaGrange
Jeffrey DeMunn as Eldon Tuck
Richard Jenkins as Picayune
Brandon Smith as Arvin Deeter
Robert Wuhl as Red Snyder
James Harper as Willie Rainach
Rod Masterson as Alexandria Daily Town Talk Reporter
The movie received mixed reviews from critics.
Blaze debuted at number 9 at the North American box office on its opening weekend.