The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

R  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  13 October 1989 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 16,859 users  
Reviews: 74 user | 34 critic

Frank and Jack Baker are professional musicians who play small clubs. They play schmaltzy music and have never needed a day job. Times are changing and dates are becoming more difficult to ... See full summary »



0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 21 Dec 2011
a list of 36 titles
created 29 Mar 2012
a list of 48 titles
created 04 Nov 2012
a list of 25 titles
created 07 Jun 2013
a list of 25 titles
created 8 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Fabulous Baker Boys.

User Polls

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



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Love Field (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Dallas housewife Lurene Hallett's life revolves around the doings of Jacqueline Kennedy. She is devastated when President Kennedy is shot a few hours after she sees him arrive in Dallas. ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Dennis Haysbert, Stephanie McFadden
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An undercover FBI agent falls in love with a recently widowed mafia wife seeking to start her life over after her husband's murder and who is also pursued by a libidinous mafia kingpin seeking to claim her for himself.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, Paul Lazar
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a café beside waitress Frankie. Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined their romance will blossom.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hector Elizondo
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Rich and bored aristocrats in Rococo France play high-stakes games of passion and betrayal.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mac Mckussic is an unlikely drug dealer who wants to go straight. His old and best friend Nick Frescia is now a cop who is assigned to investigate and bring him to justice. Mac is very ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Towne
Stars: Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An ambitious young woman, determined to build a career in TV journalism, gets good advice from her first boss, and they fall in love.

Director: Jon Avnet
Stars: Robert Redford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stockard Channing
One Fine Day (1996)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Melanie Parker, an architect and mother of Sammy, and Jack Taylor, a newspaper columnist and father of Maggie, are both divorced. They meet one morning when overwhelmed Jack is left ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney, Mae Whitman
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school.

Director: John N. Smith
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A gangster hires an ex-football player to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love, and the twists start to appear.

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder


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


Frank and Jack Baker are professional musicians who play small clubs. They play schmaltzy music 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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Music | Romance


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

13 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die fabelhaften Baker Boys  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$16,823,529 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


In a 2003 interview, Jeff Bridges said he'd like to make a sequel to the Fabulous Baker Boys about what happened after the brothers split. 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 »


Jack Baker: What do you want from me? You want me to tell you to stay, hmm? Is that what you're looking for? You want me to get down on my knees and beg you to save the Baker Boys from doom? Forget it, sweetheart. We survived for 15 years before you strutted onto the scene. Fifteen years. Two seconds, you're bawling like a baby. You shouldn't be wearing a dress; you should be wearing a diaper.
See more »


Referenced in Eastwick: Mooning and Crooning (2009) See more »


Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Performed by Duke Ellington Orchestra (as The Duke Ellington Orchestra)
Courtesy of GRP Records, Inc.
Produced by Michael Abene & Mercer Ellington
Written by Duke Ellington (as Edward Kennedy Ellington) & Bob Russell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


36 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
michelle pfeiffer sings 'feelings' perilous_a_homous
Living an Authentic Life gdreams2000
pacing, editing and script urbanatelier
another season fsck
Where's that hotel? rpk59
remake cast:) d12343
Discuss The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: