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Blaze is a comic-strip re-telling of the curious late-1950s relationship between famed striptease artist [[Performer~P67704~Blaze Starr~blazestarr]] ([[Performer~P17176~Lolita Davidovitch~lolitadavidovich]]) and Lousiana governor Earl Long (played in gorgeously flamboyant fashion by [[Performer~P104390~Paul Newman~paulnewman]]). 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 [[Performer~P67704~Blaze~blazestarr]] 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 [[Performer~P67704~Blaze Starr~blazestarr]]'s own reminiscences, one might prepare oneself with several grains of salt. The real [[Performer~P67704~Blaze Starr~blazestarr]] 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
Teresa Gilmore Capps
as Tamara Knight
Blaze Starr
as Lily
Donald Lee
as Donut Shop Man
Glynn Rubin
as 2nd Crony Wife
Gilbert Lewis
as Rev. Marquez
Brandon Smith
as Arvin Deeter
Louanne Stephens
as Lora Fleming
Gary Sturgis
as Marquez's Son
Sid Lacey
as Earl's Crony
Dick Person
as General Store Owner
Michael Brockman
as Bobby
Harold G. Herthum
as Earl's Crony
Patrik Baldauff
as Rep. Kennon
Harlan Jordan
as Dr. Cheeseborough
Rod Masterson
as 1st Town Talk Reporter
King Cotton
as Jimmie Davis
John P. Fertitta
as Hospital Director
Jack David Harris
Deano Thornton
as Drunken Officer
Eloy Casados
as Antoine
Janet Shea
as 1st Crony Wife
Brad Leland
as Dufee
Michael Brooks
as Motorcycle Trooper
Bill Mesman
as Rep. Davis
Fred Lewis
as Heckling Reporter
John A. Barber
as Rep. Hebert
Brooks Read
as Reporter in Store
Pat Snow
as Johnnie Mae
Al Robinson
as Magnolia Local
Dianne Brill
as Delilah Dough
James Harper
as Willie Rainach
George Wyatt
as Drunken Officer
Emily Warfield
as Debbie Fleming


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