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John Huston's Wise Blood [videorecording]

Janus Films ; Michael and Kathy Fitzgerald present an Ithaca-Anthea coproduction ; produced by Michael and Kathy Fitzgerald ; screenplay by Benedict and Michael Fitzgerald ; directed by John Huston
Format
Video; Book; DVD
Summary
U.S. Army war veteran Hazel Motes may not be a believing Christian, but he somehow makes observations about the state of a run-down country church and understands that there are ridiculous frauds on the streets. Memories inspire him to take up, after initially refusing, to take on the part of a traveling preacher when a cab driver insists he looks like one in his new hat. He starts his own new Church of Truth, without the crucified Jesus. His first disciple is an 18-year old simpleton with a 'prophetic gift.'
Director
John Huston
Performers
Brad Dourif, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton, Dan Shor, Amy Wright, Mary Nell Santacroce, William Hickey, Jhon Huston.
Release Date
1979
Run Time
106 min.
Language
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Notes
  • Based on the novel by Flannery O'Connor.
  • Videodisc release of a 1979 motion picture.
  • Special features: New interviews with actor Brad Dourif, writer Benedict Fitzgerald, and writer-producer Michael Fitzgerald; rare archival audio recording of author Flannery O'Connor reading her short story "A good man is hard to find;" a 26-min. episode of the television program "Creativity with Bill Moyers" from 1982, featuring director John Huston discussing his life and work; theatrical trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by author Francine Prose.
Variant Title
Wise blood
Edition
Special ed
Series
The Criterion Collection
Criterion Collection
Series Statement
The Criterion collection ; 470
Criterion collection 470
ISBN
9781604651515, 1604651515
Credits
Director of photography, Gerry Fisher ; editor, Roberto Silvi ; music composer, Alex North.
Published
[Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection, 2009.
Publisher no.
CC1809D Criterion Collection
Related Resources
Internet Movie Database Summary and Reviews:
Description
1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet. (12 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.)
DVD, region 1, widescreen; Dolby Digital mono., NTC.
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