Wise Blood (1979)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Religious Drama, Tragi-comedy  |   Release Date - Oct 24, 1979 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 106 min.  |   Countries - Germany , United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Review by Michael Betzold

This religious satire directed by veteran John Huston took no prisoners but failed to inspire a mass following. Wise Blood is a black comedy based on a quirky novel about the American South by Flannery O'Connor. Heavily atmospheric in its depiction of Southern culture and evangelism, it focuses on a a war veteran and drifter who decides to found a new religion, the Church Without Christ, which preaches a strange brand of fundamentalism and libertarianism. Huston masterfully focuses on the comic nuances of an American public that is ripe for evangelical exploitation. The superb, offbeat cast of Brad Dourif, Huston, Ned Beatty, Amy Wright, and Harry Dean Stanton created no buzz at the box office, but Wise Blood ranks as one of Huston's neglected gems.