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Marty Flynn
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Marshall Wilson
Andrew Duncan ...
Jack Larmon
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Aaron Wohl
Daniel Nalbach ...
Arthur Winslow
Warren Vaché ...
Gil Macrae
Joe Silver ...
Abe Mitgang
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Rick Valentine
Stan Lachow ...
George Pappas
Celia Bressack ...
Lucy
Georgia Harrell ...
The blonde
Michael Fischetti ...
Vincent Amatri
Susan Egbert ...
Laura Macrae
Karen Ashley ...
Janet Larmon
Virginia Downing ...
Mrs. Winslow
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6 amateur musicians accept an offer to play a 2-week gig in the Catskills. When the bass player suddenly falls ill, they recruit a genuine pro to fill in. As they embark on the opportunity of a lifetime, dreams and reality begin to collide. Written by Adkturn

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26 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Warren Vache, who plays trumpeter Gil Macrae, is in real life an accomplished jazz musician with dozens of recordings as both leader and sideman to his credit. His brother Allan is also a well-known professional clarinetist. Their late father, Warren Vache Sr., was a famed jazz bassist and author as well. See more »

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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 »

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Gil Macrae: I tell you I'm going away for two weeks and all you have to say is, "It sounds like fun"?
Laura Macrae: Would you prefer tears and hysterics, which outside of relieving your guilt, would accomplish nothing?
Gil Macrae: Practical to a fault.
Laura Macrae: That's me.
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Pretty exceptional little movie on a jazz theme, sort of.
27 September 2000 | by (Australia City) – See all my reviews

So, a group of middle-age guys who play jazz for a hobby get to live out their dream of playing a professional gig (at a resort hotel), and the dream doesn't turn out like they thought it would.

Doesn't sound like much, but "The Gig" is a movie that sticks with you, because of its understated exploration of the stakes involved in just living a life - failure, hopes, small comforts, friendship, disappointments. The jazz group is the nominal theme, but the film is a character study. Not an academic one - it has the guts (and script) to bleed a little for the characters, and is unconventional in its avoidance of easy tie-ups and crowd-pleasing pay-offs.

An extremely satisfying, heartfelt, well-crafted picture, with performances from Wayne Rogers (TV MASHs 'Trapper John') and Cleavon Little (best known probably as the sheriff in "Blazing Saddles", though he also played a comedy TV doctor in "Temperatures Rising") which suggest they generally didn't get the roles they deserved and were capable of.


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