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The Gig (1985)

 -  Drama  -  26 November 1985 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marty Flynn
Marshall Wilson
Andrew Duncan ...
Jack Larmon
Jerry Matz ...
Aaron Wohl
Daniel Nalbach ...
Arthur Winslow
Warren Vaché ...
Gil Macrae
Joe Silver ...
Abe Mitgang
Rick Valentine
Stan Lachow ...
George Pappas
Celia Bressack ...
Georgia Harrell ...
The blonde
Michael Fischetti ...
Vincent Amatri
Susan Egbert ...
Laura Macrae
Karen Ashley ...
Janet Larmon
Virginia Downing ...
Mrs. Winslow


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26 November 1985 (USA)  »

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A Banda do Paraíso  »

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During the drive to the gig, Marshall Wilson regales the others with his past musical accomplishments. He mentions he played with, among others, jazz legend Charlie Parker. Parker died in 1955, so assuming this film is taking place in the 80's, that means the very youthful looking Wilson would had to have been a very precocious musician 30-plus years prior to have played with Parker. See more »


Gil Macrae: That's not what I meant.
Laura Macrae: Yes it is, and I'm going to tell you something: if you really think you sold your soul by going to work for my father, then why don't you look up that famous bandleader who heard you sit in at Eddie Condon's and tell him you accept his offer? If you're not serious, then drop it once and for all, because I have had it up to here!
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A wonderful sleeper.
30 April 1999 | by (Marietta, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

This film gave me probably the most pleasant surprise of any I've ever seen. It was not a big-budget production and its premise, middle-age amateur jazz musicians get an unexpected professional engagement at a Catskills-like resort, seems rather modest. What's not modest is the film's success. This is a little slice-of-life movie that is most entertaining throughout. Director Frank D. Gilroy also wrote the script and it's full of interesting subplots and unexpected twists.

The actors are journeymen who do a solid job. The biggest revelation to me was Cleavon Little. He plays a professional musician who is hired to fill in for an ailing band member. His attitude immediately clashes with the others. While they see it as an opportunity for big fun and a once in a lifetime thing, he sees it as his job and not a particularly interesting one. This leads to conflict but when the group gets in trouble, he steers them through. Little, who died too young, really showed me he was a fine actor with this film.

This movie is a true sleeper, the kind that a film fan always hopes to discover. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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