Directed by John Huston • 1979 • United States
Starring Brad Dourif, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton
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.
Presented here is a 2009 interview with Brad Dourif, who has acted in over one hundred feature films, including LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, BLUE VELVET, and MISSISSIPPI BURNING. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Billy Bibbit in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST.
Presented here is a 2009 interview with Michael Fitzgerald, whose production credits include THE PLEDGE, COLOR ME KUBRICK, and THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA. WISE BLOOD was his first film, and he worked with John Huston again on 1984’s UNDER THE VOLCANO.
Presented here is a 2009 interview with Benedict Fitzgerald, whose screenwriting credits include the made-for-television films HEART OF DARKNESS, IN COLD BLOOD, and ZELDA, as well as the most successful independent film of all time, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. WISE BLOOD was his first film.