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This movie tells the story of the latter years of Earl Long, a flamboyant governor of Louisiana. The aging Earl, an unapologetic habitue of strip joints, falls in love with young stripper Blaze Starr. When Earl and Blaze move in together, Earl's opponents use this to attack his controversial political program, which included civil rights for blacks in the 1950's.

  1. Ron Shelton

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Paul Newman

    Paul Newman

    Gov. Earl K. Long

  2. Lolita Davidovich

    Lolita Davidovich

    Blaze Starr

  3. Jerry Hardin

    Jerry Hardin


  4. Gailard Sartain

    Gailard Sartain


  5. Jeffrey DeMunn

    Jeffrey DeMunn

    Eldon Tuck

  6. GB

    Garland Bunting

    Doc Ferriday

Full Cast & Crew

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 57m

Budget -

Revenue $19,131,000.00

Homepage -

Release Information

  • December 15, 1989
    R, Theatrical



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