Blaze (2018 film)
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|Directed by||Ethan Hawke|
Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze|
by Sybil Rosen
|Edited by||Jason Gourson|
|Distributed by||IFC Films|
Blaze is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Ethan Hawke based on the life of country musician Blaze Foley. The screenplay by Hawke and Sybil Rosen was adapted from the novel Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze by Rosen. It stars musician Ben Dickey as Foley. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the United States on August 17, 2018, by IFC Films.
- Ben Dickey as Blaze Foley
- Alia Shawkat as Sybil Rosen, Blaze’s lover
- Sam Rockwell as one of three record label cowboys
- Steve Zahn as one of three record label cowboys
- Sybil Rosen as Rosen’s mother
- Alynda Lee Segarra as Marsha Foley, Blaze’s sister
- Kris Kristofferson as Edwin Fuller, Blaze and Marsha’s father
- Josh Hamilton as Zee, one of Blaze’s two friends
- Richard Linklater as one of three record label cowboys
- James Ourso as Pool Player #2
- David Kallaway as Dennis
- Ritchie Montgomery as T.J.
- Charlie Sexton as Townes Van Zandt, one of Blaze’s two friends
- Wyatt Russell
- Ethan Hawke as a Radio DJ
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100% based on 15 reviews, and an average rating of 8/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 76 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
On RogerEbert.com, Nick Allen raved that the film is "hands down the best movie of its kind since Inside Llewyn Davis" and added "This movie is all Foley, and the confidence in his words proves incredibly rewarding for Hawke as a cinematic storyteller himself."
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