- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: May 12, 2009
- Originally Released: 1979
- Label: Criterion
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Additional Audio Material:
- A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND READING - Flannery O'Connor, Author
- Brad Dourif, Actor
- Benedict Fitzgerald, Writer
- Michael Fitzgerald, Writer/Producer
- Creativity With Bill Moyers/John Huston - 1982 TV Episode
- Theatrical Feature
- Booklet - Essay - Francine Prose, Author
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 09/29/1979
"...One of John Huston's most original, most stunning movies. It's so eccentric, so funny, so surprising and so haunting that it is difficult to believe it is not the first film of some enfant terrible..."
New York Times - 12/28/1980
Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1980"
A.V. Club - 05/20/2009
"It's a story that seeks to reconcile extremes without changing them, or losing the harshness of their clash." -- Grade: B+
A scathing satire of crooked ministers. While attempting to live a life filled with sin, a man is mistaken for a preacher, and, true to form, he founds a new religious order. Based on a novel by Flannery O'Connor.
In this acclaimed adaptation of the first novel by legendary Southern writer Flannery O'Connor, John Huston vividly brings to life her poetic world of American eccentricity. Brad Dourif, in an impassioned performance, is Hazel Motes, who, fresh out of the army, attempts to open the first Church Without Christ in the small town of Taulkinham. Populated with inspired performances that seem to spring right from O'Connor's pages, Huston's Wise Blood is an incisive portrait of spirituality and Evangelicalism, and a faithful, loving evocation of a writer's vision.
From the "The Maltese Falcon" to the "The Dead," filmmaker John Huston created provocative adaptations of stories and novels -- and "Wise Blood" is considered to be among his most daring.
An unusual blend of absurd comedy and Gothic drama, this tale comes from the imagination of writer Flannery O'Connor. It focuses on a Hazel, a youthful veteran of the Second World War.
Hazel returns to his Southern roots, only to find his parents' home boarded up. In search of spiritual meaning, he exchanges his soldier's uniform for preacher garb and heads for the city.
There, this grandson of a boisterous zealot meets a variety of folk who gradually form a flock. These colorful types later exemplify spiritual beliefs that range from devout to obsessed.
Or their religiosity might be an avenue for con artistry.
Scams And Cons |
- "Wise Blood" premiered out of competition at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival as part of a John Huston retrospective.
- Additional cast: Mary Bell Santacroce (Landlady).
- Shot on location in the American South.
- An Ithaca-Anthea coproduction and release. Jointly financed by the U.S. and West Germany.