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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.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ron Shelton
Produced by
Screenplay by Ron Shelton
Based on
  • Blaze Starr: My Life as Told to Huey Perry
  • by Blaze Starr
  • Huey Perry
Music by Bennie Wallace
Cinematography Haskell Wexler
Edited by Robert Leighton
Michael King
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • December 13, 1989 (1989-12-13)
Running time
120 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $18 million
Box office $19,131,246



The movie tells the highly fictionalized story of the latter years of Earl Long, a flamboyant Governor of Louisiana, brother of assassinated governor and U.S. Senator Huey P. Long and uncle of longtime U.S. Senator Russell Long. According to the novel and film, Earl Long allegedly fell in love with a young stripper named Blaze Starr.



The movie received mixed reviews from critics.[1][2]

Box officeEdit

Blaze debuted at number 9 at the North American box office on its opening weekend.[3]


  1. ^ Benson, Sheila (1989-12-13). "MOVIE REVIEW : 'Blaze' Sizzles Even Over Low Flame". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (1989-12-13). "Movie Review - Blaze - Review/Film; 'Blaze,' a Story of a Rogue and a Stripper". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. ^ "Weekend Box Office". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-13.

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