Wise Blood (DVD)

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John Huston directs this offbeat and darkly comedic drama set in the American Deep South in the postwar era, adapted from the 1952 novel by Flannery O'Connor. Brad Dourif stars as Hazel Motes, an ambitious but uneducated war veteran who, in his twisted quest for salvation, attempts to set himself up as a preacher and founder of the 'Church Without Christ'. Along the spiritual path he meets a bizzare assortment of unsavoury characters including psuedo-blind hellfire-and-brimstone street preacher Asa Hawks (Harry Dean Stanton).

Product Details

Barcode
5028836031512
Department
Movies & TV
Released
2 Mar 2009
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Cult
Language
English
Studio
Second Sight
Runtime
102 min
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Wise Blood
Release Year
1979
Running Time
106 min
Language
English
Categories
Comedies / Recommended / Religion / Satire / Scams And Cons / Spirituality / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
A scathing satire of crooked ministers. While attempting to live a life filled with sin, a man is mistaken for a preacher, and, true to form, he founds a new religious order. Based on a novel by Flannery O'Connor.
Notes
"Wise Blood" premiered out of competition at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival as part of a John Huston retrospective.

Additional cast: Mary Bell Santacroce (Landlady).

Shot on location in the American South.

An Ithaca-Anthea coproduction and release. Jointly financed by the U.S. and West Germany.
Cast & Crew
Director
John Huston
Star
Ned Beatty / Brad Dourif / John Huston / Mary Nell Santacroce / Dan Shor / Harry Dean Stanton / Amy Wright
Screenwriter
Benedict Fitzgerald
Composer
Alex North
Producer
Kathy Fitzgerald / Michael Fitzgerald
Director of Photography
Gerry Fisher
Editor
Roberto Silvi
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"It's a story that seeks to reconcile extremes without changing them, or losing the harshness of their clash." -- Grade: B+
Keith Phipps (20 May 2009, )
New York Times
"...One of John Huston's most original, most stunning movies. It's so eccentric, so funny, so surprising and so haunting that it is difficult to believe it is not the first film of some enfant terrible..."
Vincent Canby (29 Sep 1979, p.12)