John Huston

Wise Blood

Wise Blood

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.

Film Info

  • John Huston
  • United States
  • 1979
  • 105 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #470

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • 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 28-minute episode of the television program Creativity with Bill Moyers from 1982, featuring John Huston discussing his life and work
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by author Francine Prose

New cover by Josh Cochran

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Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • 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 28-minute episode of the television program Creativity with Bill Moyers from 1982, featuring John Huston discussing his life and work
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by author Francine Prose

New cover by Josh Cochran

Wise Blood
Cast
Brad Dourif
Hazel Motes
Ned Beatty
Hoover Shoates
Harry Dean Stanton
Asa Hawks
Dan Shor
Enoch Emory
Amy Wright
Sabbath Lily
Mary Nell Santacroce
Landlady
William Hickey
Preacher
John Huston
Grandfather
Credits
Director
John Huston
From the novel by
Flannery O’Connor
Producer
Michael Fitzgerald
Producer
Kathy Fitzgerald
Assistant director
Tom Shaw
Associate producer
Hans Brockmann
Music
Alex North
Editing
Roberto Silvi
Screenplay
Benedict Fitzgerald
Screenplay
Michael Fitzgerald
Cinematography
Gerry Fisher, B.S.C.

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