This movie tells the story of the latter years of Earl Long, a flamboyant governor of Louisiana. The aging Earl, an unapologetic habitue of strip joints, falls in love with young stripper Blaze Starr. When Earl and Blaze move in together, Earl’s opponents use this to attack his controversial political program, which included civil rights for blacks in the 1950’s. Can Earl keep Blaze and retain control of the state?
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.
Directed by: Ron Shelton
Starring: Paul Newman, Lolita Davidovich, Jerry Hardin, Gailard Sartain, Jeffrey DeMunn, Richard Jenkins, Brandon Smith, Eloy Casados, Teresa Gilmore
Screenplay by: Ron Shelton
Production Design by: Armin Ganz
Cinematography by: Haskell Wexler
Film Editing by: Robert Leighton, Michael King
Costume Design by: Ruth Myers
Set Decoration by: Rosemary Brandenburg, Michael Taylor
Art Direction by: Ralph Chabaud, Edward Richardson, Troy Sizemore
Music by: Bennie Wallace
Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures
Release Date: December 13, 1989