Wise Blood (1979, Brad Dourif, John Huston)

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106 min - Comedy, Drama - 1 October 1979
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John Huston's fascinating adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's practically unfilmable novel perfectly captures the Southern Gothic world that was O'Connor's metier. Brad Dourif is flawless as Hazel Motes, a young man struggling against the confines of faith who sets out on a very peculiar journey towards grace.

This bizarre film involves a blind preacher, his wayward daughter, and a man in an ape suit and must be seen to truly appreciate its profoundly original qualities — one can only imagine what the Hollywood system would do with a movie like this today! What remains so remarkable about Wise Blood is that Huston, not a religious man, stayed true to the deep religious themes of O'Connor's novel.

This lyrical and macabre work was cast aside by critics and audiences who found it too odd, but its resonating themes of faith, temptation, and grace make Wise Blood one of the great unsung films of the decade.

Director:  John Huston
Director of Photography:  TBA


Production Details

Production Companies:  Ithaca Pictures, Anthea

Release Date:  1 October 1979

Running Time:  1 h 46 min

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Language:  English

Tagline: An American Masterpiece!

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