Belizaire the Cajun
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This inexpensive but effusively energetic film is set in Louisiana's Cajun country of the 19th century. Belizaire (Armand Assante), unofficial spokesman for his people, butts heads with local bigots who want to rid the area of Cajuns. Belizaire's former girlfriend (Gail Youngs) is now the common-law wife of the film's main antagonist (Will Patton), the son of a wealthy landowner. When Patton is murdered, the locals try to pin the blame on the rabble-rousing Belizaire. He confesses, but only to save his cousin, who'd previously been targeted for lynching. All plot pieces fall… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is plagued by too many long, dead moments in which the story doesn't seem to be getting anywhere and attention wanders."
‑ Nina Darnton, New York Times
"This is an impressive debut film."
‑ Paul Attanasio, Washington Post
"An early, interesting indie about the Cajuns that came out of Sundance Film Fest."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Another ethnic group -- Cajuns, this time -- suffers the patronizing ministrations of the American Independent Cinema."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Belizaire has personality and quiet charm and a lot of affection, mixed in with the more predictable action elements."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Belizaire the Cajun is a "find" worth looking for at your local video store."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"It's billed as a romantic comedy, but Cajun humor, like crawfish gumbo, takes some getting used to."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Unique and flavorable slice of life."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
More reviews for Belizaire the Cajun on Rotten Tomatoes

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