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Blaze is a comic-strip re-telling of the curious late-1950s relationship between famed striptease artist Blaze Starr (Lolita Davidovitch) and Lousiana governor Earl Long (played in gorgeously flamboyant fashion by Paul Newman). Their romance is counterbalanced with the story of Long's efforts to win voting rights for Louisiana's black citizens. The governor's political enemies ruin his chances at re-election, then try to put him out of the way permanently with a trumped-up insanity charge. But with faithful Blaze at his side (and in close proximity to other portions of his anatomy), Long confounds his foes by winning a congressional seat. On the eve of this triumph, Earl Long dies, bringing this boisterous story to a sobering conclusion. Since the film is based on Blaze Starr's own reminiscences, one might prepare oneself with several grains of salt. The real Blaze Starr shows up early in the film as a stripper named Lily. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 13, 1989


Awarded by
American Society of Cinematographers Haskell Wexler Best Cinematography 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Haskell Wexler Best Cinematography 1989 Nominee


Paul Newman
as Gov. Earl K. Long
Lolita Davidovich
as Blaze Starr
Jerry Hardin
as Thibodeaux
Gailard Sartain
as LaGrange
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Tuck
Garland Bunting
as Doc Ferriday
Richard Jenkins
as Times-Picayune Reporter
Robert Wuhl
as Red Snyder
Bob Cherry
as Earl's Crony
Rod Masterson
as 1st Town Talk Reporter
Sid Lacey
as Earl's Crony
Bill Mesman
as Rep. Davis
King Cotton
as Jimmie Davis
Louanne Stephens
as Lora Fleming
Pat Snow
as Johnnie Mae
Patrik Baldauff
as Rep. Kennon
Gary Sturgis
as Marquez's Son
George Wyatt
as Drunken Officer
Gilbert Lewis
as Rev. Marquez
Glynn Rubin
as 2nd Crony Wife
Harlan Jordan
as Dr. Cheeseborough
Janet Shea
as 1st Crony Wife
Jack David Harris
Brandon Smith
as Arvin Deeter
Michael Brockman
as Bobby
James Harper
as Willie Rainach
Teresa Gilmore Capps
as Tamara Knight
Fred Lewis
as Heckling Reporter
John P. Fertitta
as Hospital Director
Donald Lee
as Donut Shop Man
Harold G. Herthum
as Earl's Crony
Blaze Starr
as Lily
John A. Barber
as Rep. Hebert
Brad Leland
as Dufee
Michael Brooks
as Motorcycle Trooper
Brooks Read
as Reporter in Store
Al Robinson
as Magnolia Local
Deano Thornton
as Drunken Officer
Dianne Brill
as Delilah Dough
Dick Person
as General Store Owner
Eloy Casados
as Antoine
Emily Warfield
as Debbie Fleming


Ron Shelton
Ron Shelton
Huey Perry
Book Author
Blaze Starr
Book Author
Haskell Wexler
Bennie Wallace
Composer (Music Score)
Wayne Peet
Composer (Music Score)
David Anderle
Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Leighton
Armin Ganz
Production Designer
Ed Richardson
Art Director
Dale Pollock
Gil Friesen
Wendy Dozoretz
Associate Producer
David Lester
Executive Producer
Don Miller
Executive Producer
Ruth Myers
Costume Designer
Monty Westmore
Christina Smith