Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Blaze (Touchstone Movie)

“Blaze” is a biographical drama film released in 1989, directed by Ron Shelton and produced by Touchstone Pictures. The film is based on the life of Blaze Starr, a famous American burlesque dancer and stripper.

The story follows Blaze Starr, played by Lolita Davidovich, as she rises to fame in the world of burlesque entertainment. Starting from her humble beginnings in a small town, Blaze is discovered by Red Snyder, portrayed by Paul Newman, a promoter and businessman who recognizes her talent and potential. Red becomes her manager and helps her become a star.

As Blaze’s career takes off, she becomes a sensation in the entertainment industry. However, her success comes with its fair share of challenges, including controversies, scandals, and personal struggles. Throughout the film, Blaze grapples with the price of fame and the sacrifices she has to make to maintain her stardom.

The film also explores Blaze’s complicated relationship with Red, who becomes more than just her manager. They develop a deep bond, but their relationship faces its own obstacles due to their different backgrounds and personalities.

“Blaze” is a character-driven film that delves into the complexities of fame and the human spirit. It portrays Blaze Starr as a strong and independent woman who defies societal norms and challenges the traditional notions of beauty and sexuality. Lolita Davidovich’s portrayal of Blaze received critical acclaim, capturing the spirit and charisma of the real-life burlesque star.

The film is not just a biopic about a famous entertainer; it is also a love story and a celebration of the human spirit. It showcases the highs and lows of Blaze’s life, her determination to succeed, and her resilience in the face of adversity.

“Blaze” offers a glimpse into a bygone era of entertainment and sheds light on the life of a woman who dared to be different and found success on her own terms. The film’s combination of drama, romance, and comedy makes it an engaging and thought-provoking watch that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Additional Details


  • Paul Newman: Governor Earl Long
  • Lolita Davidovich: Blaze Starr
  • Jerry Hardin: Thibodeaux
  • Gailard Sartain: LaGrange
  • Jeffrey DeMunn: Eldon Tuck
  • Richard Jenkins: Picayune
  • Brandon Smith: Arvin Deeter
  • Robert Wuhl: Red Snyder
  • James Harper: Willie Rainach


  • Director: Ron Shelton
  • Producers: Gil Friesen and Dale Pollock
  • Screenplay: Ron Shelton

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