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  • Actors: John Huston, Brad Dourif, Ned Beatty
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Mar. 2009
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001P0WLNI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,743 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in the Deep South during the postwar era, Wise Blood stars Brad Dourif as an aimless veteran, who decides to become a Bible-thumping preacher (for a questionable concern called "The Church Wihout Christ") principally because he hasn't anything better lined up. Dourif links up with a veteran of the hellfire-and-brimstone circuit, who for business purposes pretends to be blind. The older man persuades Dourif to blind himself for real so that he can truly "see the light" (yes, the movie is that weird). BONUS FEATURES: Interviews with actors Brad Dourif & Amy Wright and screenplay writers Michael & Benedict Fitzgerald.

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Tragically Desperately Funny --Time Out

American south gothic MASTERPIECE... UNMISSABLE --Channel4.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Agrostis on 1 Oct. 2010
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This version of the film is slightly shorter than one that I owned before. The scenes that have been cut are all at the start of the film, perhaps upto five minutes of Brad Dourif visiting the abandoned farm of his childhood before he gets the train to town.
The dialogue in this film is plain and simply wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2012
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How sad that such a brilliant and original film should be so forgotten. Nice to see that 30 years later there is a growing number of people to appreciate this rivetingly weird movie made by the legendary director John Huston less encumbered by Hollywood shackles in his twilight years. Set in Georgia it is the story of a young religious fanatic's rebellion against Christ. Brad Dourif plays Hazel Motes with astonishing intensity in his attempts to found "The Church Without Christ". Forget his best supporting actor in "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest", this performance is far more oscar deserving, but as is often the case a smaller film got overlooked against glitzy bigger productions. Huston was briefly out of the Hollywood loop and gone indie. Motes inhabits a feral world of hucksters, whores, crooked preachers, used car dealers and lifes losers. One of these is a hilarious turn by Daniel Shor as a disturbed lonely teenager in search of friendship who in one memorable sequence dons a gorilla suit to shake hands with the shocked townsfolk.

Based on Flannery O'Connor's novel and filmed in Macon, Georgia, the film is described as "grotesque southern gothic" which is as good a description as any for a film that almost defies description. The film is anti everything and appalls and saddens in equal measure. No wonder it was difficult to find anyone to finance the film! Eventually it was made for peanuts. The entire crew was only 25 persons who all worked for a minimum wage. The film contains several outstanding performances, but only Brad Dourif, Ned Beatty in a brilliant cameo, and Harry Dean Stanton as a crooked preacher had any reputation to speak of. At the time of Huston's autobiography "An Open Book" in 1980 "Wise Blood" was the last film he had made. He went on to make a few others.
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 May 2014
Format: DVD
Brad Dourif, star of this 1979 John Huston-directed southern gothic near-masterpiece, is one of those actors whose talents (I feel) were never truly realised (or exploited) on screen. Here, as the recently demobbed 'anti-preacher' (founder of the `Church of Truth Without Christ'), Hazel Motes (the creation of Flannery O'Connor, on whose novel Huston's film is based), Dourif comes as close as anything I've seen from him to delivering (what might have been) an Oscar-winning performance, to match his nomination for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's nest and other notable turns in the likes of Blue Velvet, Hidden Agenda and Mississippi Burning. Huston's film is impressively evocative of small-town southern USA, with its blatant evangelism ('Jesus Cares') and matter-of-fact racism, delivered via Gerry Fisher's muted cinematography and Alex North's haunting banjo/violin-based 'country' score. The film's mix of dark themes and oddball comedy (the former always more impressive than the latter, in my book) also calls to mind films like Charles Laughton's masterpiece The Night Of Hunter and (particularly quirky comedy-wise) Bonnie And Clyde.

It's one of those films that have so much potential - a relatively original premise, plus a stellar cast (largely 'authentically southern') and outstanding series of performances - but which (for me, at least) does not quite carry it through to a satisfying whole. Dourif as the troubled and sinister Motes ('I don't believe in anything!') is never less than mesmerising, with staring (unblinking) eyes, subject to flashbacks of his preacher father (played by director Huston), as he sets himself up 'against' Harry Dean Stanton's 'blind' preacher, Asa Hawks, at the same time trying to resist the lascivious advances of Hawks' daughter, Amy Wright's Sabbath Lily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hastings on 13 Nov. 2012
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''Where you come from is gone. Where you thought you were going, wern't never there. And where you are aint no good unless you can get away from it''.
A sort of study in madness, this is a quirky and very funny film in places. Fantastic direction with unforgettable dialogue and a wonderful cast some of whom were ordinary people. Watch it over and over again. There is so much to see!
Hastings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gorehound on 18 Oct. 2011
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I loved this John Houston film. Brad Dourif is a riot as a would be preacher in this black comedy. The film is full of quirky characters. You never quite know what is going to happen. HILARIOUS IN PLACES.
hIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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I'm rather surprised this film has been so difficult to get hold of. If I had my way, more people would see this film. A quirky film to say the least, this film (based on the book of the same name) tells the story of Hazel Motes (an army veteran and all-round sociopath) and his new church, "The Church of Truth Without Christ". My only criticism is that it's a film that does require a great deal of thought to truly understand, and it's not always clear what is going on. This has to be one of the finest performances that Brad Dourif has given, and that reason alone is reason enough to give this film a watch.
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