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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
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Michelle Pfeiffer's debut performance with the Baker Boys (in which she sings "Ten Cents A Dance") takes place in the Cloud Room, on the top floor of Seattle's Camlin Hotel. Opened in 1947, the Cloud Room was a famous nightclub, attracting big-name talents such as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. It closed in 2003, and the top floor of the Camlin was converted into condo suites. See more »
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 »
Listen, I didn't expect you to rush out and buy me a corsage this morning, you know. Your high school ring is safe.
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After playing small club gigs for over 15 years, the "Baker Boys" finally come to grips with some realities.
"Susie" comes into their act and lives. She's a former "escort" and blues singer, whom they hire to rejuvenate their somewhat tired act.
This she does, in more ways than one.
"The Fabulous Baker Boys" is an accurate and frank depiction of musicians' lives-on-the-road. It reveals what happens after the audience goes home and the musicians retire to their nice hotel rooms.
But after years, one nice hotel room is the same as another. Likewise, their music routines can become as stale as leftover tobacco smoke in their vacated clubs.
Jeff and Beau Bridges execute some the finest work of their careers in this film. Likewise, Michelle Pfeiffer equally supports them, as well as does her own singing.
Dave Grusin and John Hammond's soundtrack piano renditions are excellent, as is Peggy Holmes' choreography for Ms. Pfeiffer. Sydney Pollack was wise to financially support this production as executive producer.
Writer director Steven Kloves came up with a winner here, marred only by some general slow pacing and an ambiguous though appropriate ending.
"The Fabulous Baker Boys'" reputation continues to grow and be appreciated by more audiences, through cable and DVD distributions. It signifies a rare glimpse at backstage life-on-the-road of musicians who so enrich our lives, yet are all too often taken for granted.
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