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The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

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



Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 13 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


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 The Baker Boys' act is becoming stale and outdated, and as such their ability to hold onto what gigs they are able to get is getting more difficult.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.


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)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Debra Winger was offered the female lead of Susie Diamond, but turned it down, it in the end was cast with Michelle Pfeiffer. See more »


When Jack goes to Frank's house, he is dropped off by a cab from the "Bay City Cab Co." However, the movie takes place in Seattle, not San Francisco (the Bay City). See more »


Frank Baker: I'm sorry. I'm a bit wound up.
Jack Baker: Frank, you're a fucking alarm clock.
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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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