Wise Blood
Wise Blood (1979)

Set in the Deep South during the postwar era, Wise Blood stars Brad Dourif as an aimless veteran, who decides to become a Bible-thumping preacher (for a questionable concern called "The Church Wihout Christ") principally because… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 24, 1979
DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Frank Rich
TIME Magazine

This time, Huston has found material that was all but guaranteed to fuel the battiest recesses of his imagination.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

One of John Huston's most original, most stunning movies.

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TV Guide

Wise Blood, an unusual mixture of comedy, tragedy, satire and horror, is an uningratiating but haunting work.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

Ultimately the movie's taste becomes highly questionable.

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Chris Auty
Time Out

This adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's novel is John Huston's best film for many years.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Funny, tragic, philosophical, farcical -- this is Huston near the top of his form. A useful batch of interviews, including one with Dourif.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

I dont have to run away from anything cause I dont believe in anything!

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Decidely more tragicomic and surrealist than ever before. Another show about the love that John Huston always professed to losers.
Randy Tippy
The oddest sort of John Huston. Bizarre but very, very interesting.
Michael S
A very strange and thoughtful 70s drama with dark and comedic twists. Directed by John Huston and starring Brad Dourif, the film tackles a lot of themes and… More
Michael Gildea
Wise Blood isn't exactly one of those movies I want to kick myself in the ass for not seeing sooner, but I sure as hell want to know why more people… More
Ken Stachnik
Very strange, but entertaining, but odd and well acted, but weird and worth watching.
Bruce Bruce
This is from the Criterion Collection, which is a fine collection of over 500 Movies, check out there web site. Its Directed by John Huston and based upon a… More