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Belizaire the Cajun 

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Director Glen Pitre's 1986 film Belizaire the Cajun gave Acadiana its first heroic Cajun figure since the early talkie Evangeline (1929). In the raucous adventure set in 1859, a Cajun herbalist healer named Belizaire (Armand Assante) tries to revive an old relationship with Alida Thibodaux, who's married to Matthew, one of a group of vigilantes who want to rid the region of Cajuns. Belizaire's cousin Hypolite Leger is one of the targets for expulsion by lynchmob, and when Matthew turns up dead, both men are accused of murdering him. The corrupt sheriff discovers that manipulating justice can be a double edged sword, and the plot twists continue all the way to the gallows. The film is being re-released on its 25th anniversary. It was filmed in Louisiana with the assistance of Robert Redford and Robert Duvall, who makes a cameo appearance. — Will Coviello

April 1-7

Belizaire the Cajun

2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Friday-Thursday

Chalmette Movies, 8700 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 304-9992;


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