Belizaire the Cajun is an award-winning romantic adventure set in 1859 Louisiana. Written, produced, and directed by Glen Pitre, it played to critical acclaim in theaters around the world. Along with The Big Easy, released a few months later, Belizaire helped inspire the late 1980s craze for all things Cajun.
Belizaire the Cajun has been fully remastered and is now available on DVD! The NEW DVD includes special features and Director/Producer commentary plus other features. It is available in Shop Rites across Acadiana and here on this website. Enjoy your own copy of the movie that made it cool to be Cajun. Follow Belizaire on Facebook!
In the movie, Belizaire Breaux (played by Armand Assante, in what many say is his best performance) must save a friend’s life, win a woman’s heart, outfox a crooked sheriff, stop marauding vigilantes, expose an evil villain, and rescue the inheritance of three orphaned children in a picture that blends suspense and humor. Called “a wonderful movie, two thumbs up” by Siskel and Ebert and credited with “the looniest hanging scene ever” by the Hollywood Reporter. 35mm, 103 minutes.
Official selection: Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Munich, Moscow, Torino
Spirit award Nominee
“Pitre offers an endless chain of surprises, as perfectly woven together as any spider’s web… Pitre leads his audience through this chilling tragedy, set within a tender romance, set within a ludicrous comedy… Belizaire knocked me out of the chair… A masterpiece.” San Francisco Chronicle
“With the caginess of Br’er Rabbit… In good folk style, far-fetched but triumphant, and leaves some haunting memories.” New York Times
“Beautiful and exhilarating… A southern Witness.” L.A. Weekly
“Period-piece innocence underscored by powerful sexual tension… A magnetic, starmaking performance by Armand Assante” Dallas Times-Herald
“Superbly paced… Rich and often explosive.” Hollywood Reporter
“One of the looniest hanging scenes ever committed to film!” Variety
Cote Blanche Feature Films presents Armand Assante, Gail Youngs, and Michael Schoeffling in Belizaire the Cajun. Starring Robert Duvall, Will Patton, Stephen McHattie, Nancy Barrett, and Loulan Pitre. Music by Michael Doucet & Howard Shore. Editor Paul Trejo, Camera Richard Bowen. Produced by Allan Durand, Sandra Schulberg, and Glen Pitre. Written and directed by Glen Pitre.
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