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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 ...
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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: You know it's a resort: lots of girls.
Laura Macrae: And you so dashing, playing your golden horn.
Gil Macrae: Maybe I'll keep right on playing.
Laura Macrae: Like you would've if you hadn't met me?
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...
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I love it!
3 May 2002 | by (Portland NSW (Australia)) – See all my reviews

This little film brings back a lot of memories, both fond and foul, of what can and does happen when one is a working musician. The not so pleasant accommodations for the band, the management of the venue jumping up and down telling you what to play, the sheer ecstasy of the applause.............. Far from being farcical it is, in fact, very accurate in the way it depicts musicians, professional and otherwise, who have travelled a great distance to perform a season of gigs at a venue. There are those times when everything goes perfectly, there are those other times when you immediately start to miss your partner and wonder what the hell you are doing this far from home. In the end you have to make the best of it because there is no other way out.


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