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Wise Blood [1979] [DVD]

John Huston , Brad Dourif , John Huston    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001P0WLNI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,042 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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.


Tragically Desperately Funny --Time Out

American south gothic MASTERPIECE... UNMISSABLE

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Longer version 1 Oct 2010
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece. 13 Nov 2012
''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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Quirky film 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.
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