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Wise Blood


John Huston

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 19
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: One of John Huston's most original, most stunning movies. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Sep 19, 2014

Fresh: This time, Huston has found material that was all but guaranteed to fuel the battiest recesses of his imagination. – Frank Rich, TIME Magazine, Sep 19, 2014

Fresh: John Huston, with uncluttered direction and expert handling of actors, has fashioned a disturbing tale of the fringe side of overzealous religious preachers in the deep South. – Variety Staff, Variety, Sep 19, 2014

Fresh: Along with The Man Who Would Be King and The Dead, this is arguably John Huston's best literary adaptation, and conceivably his very best film. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Sep 19, 2014

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Customer Reviews

"Where you come from is gone

...Where you thought you was goin' to weren't never there; and where you are aint no good unless you can get away from it"-- Motes

This book (O'connor) and film are spectacular. Nobody with a good car needs to be justified.

Quirky, just because

I wanted to like this movie, but it was just barely OK. It seemed to just want to be quirky, without anything much to say.

Wise Blood

Shake hands with Conga!! Great, great stuff.

Wise Blood
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1979

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