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American Blue Note (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 1989 (USA)
Jack, Nat, Jerry, Lee and Tommy play jazz in small clubs, but only one of them will reach success.

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Jack Solow
Carl Capotorto ...
Jerry
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Bobby
Bill Christopher-Myers ...
Lee
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Tommy
Charlotte d'Amboise ...
Benita
Louis Guss ...
Abe Katz
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Louise
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Sharon
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Lorraine
Sam Behrens ...
Nat Joy
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Sean Katz
Maury Cooper ...
Popi
Jeff Weiss ...
Uncle Leon
James Puig ...
Jimmy
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Jack, Nat, Jerry, Lee and Tommy play jazz in small clubs, but only one of them will reach success.

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Blue Midnight
Written by Larry Schanker and Billy Mernit
Performed by Mel Johnson Jr.
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Pleasant little slice of life
1 September 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Peter MacNicol plays the leader of a small-time East Coast jazz quintet in the 1960s, who tries to get the band out of playing small-time clubs and into bigger and better bookings. The trouble is that the band isn't really all that good; the other members think of it more as a hobby than a vocation, something that doesn't sit well with MacNicol. This is a pleasant little low-budgeter, atmospheric but not showy, and with a seat-of-the-pants attitude about it. MacNicol is a bit too mannered sometimes, and there are no real dramatic highs or lows; it moves along at a pretty even keel, with a sort of "Diner" flavor about it. The cast is mostly unknown but does a good job. Charlotte D'Amboise has a nice turn as a ballet teacher to whom MacNicol finds himself attracted, and there's a neat bit towards the end of the picture when the band is playing at a bigger club than they're used to and find themselves backing up a singing "birthday boy." A nice little movie overall, nothing flashy, but well-made with a good story and interesting characters. Well worth a look.


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