Opens Friday, September 21
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2hr 07mins // directed by:Ethan Hawke // featuring:Benjamin Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Josh Hamilton // CC, Assisted Listening

Ethan Hawke's tribute to unsung Texas songwriting legend Blaze Foley.

Blaze is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen; his last, dark night on earth; and the impact of his songs and his death had on his fans, friends, and foes. The braided storyline terminates in a bittersweet ending that acknowledges Blaze's profound highs and lows, as well as the impressions he made on the people who shared his journey.

"The movie is Hawke’s fourth and best feature as a director; it’s immensely touching, and only deceptively shapeless." —  Ty Burr, Boston Globe


"A richly ambivalent film about artistic expression as its own reward and the bad romance of our most destructive impulses." — Sean Burns, WBUR


"Director Ethan Hawke turns the story of hard-livin' troubadour Blaze Foley into a tribute to artistic integrity - and the best music biopic of the year." — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone