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The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

The lives of two struggling musicians, who happen to be brothers, inevitably change when they team up with a beautiful, up-and-coming singer.




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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellie Raab ...
Girl in Bed
Vince Nancy
Bradford English ...
Kid at Vet
Gregory James ...
Hotel Masseuse (as Jeffrey J. Nowinski)
Laughing Bar Patron


Frank and Jack Baker are professional musicians who play in small clubs. They perform cover tunes of music standards and have never needed a day job. Times are changing and dates are becoming more difficult to get so they interview female singers. They finally decide on Susie Diamond, a former 'escort' who needs some refinement, but the act begins to take off again. While the act is now successful, both Frank and Jack have problems with their life on the road. Susie becomes the agent that makes them re-evaluate where they are going, and how honest they have been with each other. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


For 31 years it's been just the Fabulous Baker Boys... but times change.


Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

13 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die fabelhaften Baker Boys  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$16,823,529 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brooke Shields turned down the role of Susie. See more »


When Frank, Jack and Susie get underway for the trip to the New Year's event at the resort hotel (a.k.a. Bill Gate's house), they are first shown driving southbound on the Mercer Street onramp to Interstate-5. Then the scene shifts to them driving near the Spokane Street exit southbound, five miles to the south. Then the scene shifts back to them driving emerging from a tunnel, which is actually the same southbound I-5 onramp, only a little farther past the initial shot. See more »


Susie Diamond: Listen, you're not going soft on me, are you? I mean, you're not going to start dreaming about me and waking up all sweaty and looking at me like I'm some sort of princess when I burp?
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Performed by Tony Bennett
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Written by Duke Ellington (as Edward Kennedy Ellington), Edgar De Lange (as Eddie De Lange) & Irving Mills
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Truly As Good As It Gets
16 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Oh, this movie is the best. An absolute must-see. It's dreamy and romantic, yet cynical, so it's like having your cake and eating it, too. The Brothers Bridges are excellent (I wonder how much of their real-life relationship crept into their on-screen relationship) and Michelle Pfeiffer is absolutely perfect as Suzie Diamond. This is the movie in which Ms. Pfeiffer transcends, completely and irrevocably, the realm of mere mortals and achieves goddess status. She's smart, tough, funny, and sexy--all at the same time! When she stretches out on a piano to sing "Makin' Whoopee", she is radiant and reminds one of the greatness and the glamour of old Hollywood.


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