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Stormy Monday (1988)

 -  Crime | Drama | Music  -  May 1988 (USA)
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When a corrupt American businessman tries to strong arm his way into businesses in Newcastle, England, he is thwarted by an club attendant and his waitress girlfriend.

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Brendan takes a job as janitor for Finney, who runs a jazz nightclub in the Northern English city of Newcastle. But Finney is being pressured to sell his club, and Brendan soon provides non-janitorial services to Finney. Soon his rival's American boss Cosmo comes to town, while Brendan begins to fall in love with Kate, an escort working for Cosmo. Written by Reid Gagle

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The Most Dangerous Choices Are Made With The Heart

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Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

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Burzliwy poniedzialek  »

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$1,791,328 (USA)
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First feature film directed by Mike Figgis. He had only directed one TV movie before this. See more »

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Bob: Nobody said anything about guns! They've got guns, and I think we need guns!
Cosmo: [sarcastically] That's smart thinkin', Bob. That's real smart thinkin'. All the damn money I spread around here, and you want to go play Al Capone with some fuckin' meatball! You fuckin' juvenile!
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(Call It) Stormy Monday
Performed by B.B. King
Written by T-Bone Walker (as Aaron T. Walker)
(c) 1948 Gregmark Music Inc.
Courtesy of MCA Records
Recorded at Mediasound
Produced by Trade Martin
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An atmospheric film noir with engaging characters
23 September 2002 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Stormy Monday has a fairly routine plot, with a few odd twists to it. What makes it special? Three things.

The atmosphere of the movie makes you feel as if you're having a nice evening out on the town, making your way from pub to pub. You can almost taste the beer, and smell the smoke. Most of the story is shot on location in the old Newcastle city center. If you're in the right mood for something like this, then it's perfect.

Secondly, the characters are interesting and engaging, yet enigmatic. You want to know more about them. None fit the typical Hollywood stereotype. Sting, Sean Bean, Melanie Griffith, and Tommy Lee Jones (a relatively obscure actor then) are all in top form.

Third, if you enjoy jazz, then this is a must-see. In that regard, it is comparable to The Cotton Club, Round Midnight, or Bird. The visiting Polish jazz band reminds me of the struggling young musicians in Leningrad Cowboys Go America. This was clearly made by someone who appreciates good music.

This movie, released in the late 1980s, may be hard to find. But it's worth it.


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