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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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The Fabulous Baker Boys, a Seattle-based duo piano lounge act performing cheesy jazz renditions of pop standards, is comprised of thirty-something brothers Frank and Jack Baker. Older Frank, married with two children, is the controlling business manager, front man and sole programmer of the playlist. Younger Jack is the carefree one without commitments to anything or anyone, including women, he who has had a long string of one night stands, most specifically with cocktail waitresses. Jack's strongest commitments are to his aging dog, Eddie, and to Nina, the lonely adolescent who lives in the apartment above his with her single, constantly dating mother. Jack's commitment to Nina is because of her unwavering commitment to him. The Baker Boys' act is becoming stale and outdated, and as such their ability to hold onto what gigs they are able to get is getting more difficult. So Frank comes up with the idea of hiring a singer to beef up the act. After thirty-seven failed auditions, they ... Written by Huggo

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

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Drama | Music | Romance

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13 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Die fabelhaften Baker Boys  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,823,529
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Jennifer Tilly: As Monica Moran. See more »

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In the discussion in the car immediately after the Polynesian restaurant gig, Jack is wearing his tuxedo. They were wearing Hawaiian shirts on the gig however. See more »

Quotes

Frank Baker: I'm sorry. I'm a bit wound up.
Jack Baker: Frank, you're a fucking alarm clock.
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References The Newlywed Game (1966) See more »

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I'm So Excited
Performed by Krisie Spear and Martina Finch and Vickilyn Reynolds and Karen Hartman
Written by Anita Pointer, June Pointer, Ruth Pointer & Trevor Lawrence
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A unique mood among modern films
7 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Possibly the best ensemble acting since the Hawks, Bogart and Bacall version of "The Big Sleep". There aren't many films of the eighties that match the sheer class of the best studio pictures of the thirties, forties and fifties. This one does. Watch the scene where Jeff Bridges lights Pfeiffer's cigarette for a few seconds' vignette of perfectly restrained and utterly revealing acting. But then, almost every scene in this movie is at or near this standard. It's a film in a thousand, if that, that makes you believe you are seeing a glimpse into real life at a particular place and time. The Fabulous Baker Boys is three people's intersecting lives in Seattle in the late eighties. As real as if you had been there? No. As right as if you had been there? Yes.


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