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Writer (WGA):
Steve Kloves (written by)
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Release Date:
13 October 1989 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
For 31 years it's been just the Fabulous Baker Boys... but times change.
Plot:
Frank and Jack Baker are professional musicians who play small clubs. They play schmaltzy music and have never needed a day job... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Even when a larger audience will see it, they will probably not like it See more (72 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Bridges ... Jack Baker

Michelle Pfeiffer ... Susie Diamond

Beau Bridges ... Frank Baker
Ellie Raab ... Nina

Xander Berkeley ... Lloyd

Dakin Matthews ... Charlie

Ken Lerner ... Ray

Albert Hall ... Henry
Terri Treas ... Girl in Bed

Gregory Itzin ... Vince Nancy
Bradford English ... Earl
David Coburn ... Kid at Vet

Todd Jeffries ... Theo
Gregory James ... Hotel Masseuse (as Jeffrey J. Nowinski)

Nancy Fish ... Laughing Bar Patron
Beege Barkette ... Waitress

Del Zamora ... Man with Cleaver
Howard Matthew Johnson ... Bathroom Attendant

Stuart Nisbet ... Veterinarian
Robert Henry ... Doorman
Drake ... Eddie
Martina Finch ... Bad Singer
Winifred Freedman ... Bad Singer
Wendy Goldman ... Bad Singer
Karen Hartman ... Bad Singer
D.D. Howard ... Bad Singer
Lisa Raggio ... Bad Singer

Vickilyn Reynolds ... Bad Singer
Krisie Spear ... Bad Singer

Carole Ita White ... Bad Singer
Steve Alterman ... Background Voice (voice)
August Bach ... Background Voice (voice) (as Bach August)

Greg Finley ... Background Voice (voice)

J.D. Hall ... Background Voice (voice)
Doris Hess ... Background Voice (voice)
Rosanna Huffman ... Background Voice (voice)

John Lafayette ... Background Voice (voice) (as John La Fayette)

Tina Lifford ... Background Voice (voice)
Arlin Miller ... Background Voice (voice)
Paige Pollack ... Background Voice (voice) (as Paige Nan Pollack)
David Randolph ... Background Voice (voice) (as David J. Randolph)
Susan Napoli ... Background Voice (voice) (as Stephani Ryan)

Jennifer Tilly ... Monica Moran
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirsten Ashley ... (uncredited)
Helen Kelly ... Piano Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Steve Kloves 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Steve Kloves (written by)

Produced by
Julie Bergman Sender .... associate producer (as Julie Bergman)
Bill Finnegan .... co-producer
Robin Forman Howard .... associate producer (as Robin Forman)
Sydney Pollack .... executive producer
Mark Rosenberg .... producer
Paula Weinstein .... producer
Courtney Silberberg .... producer: VP Production (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Steinkamp 
 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita 
 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Townsend 
 
Set Decoration by
Anne H. Ahrens 
 
Costume Design by
Lisa Jensen 
 
Makeup Department
Tammy Kusian .... assistant makeup artist
Ronnie Specter .... makeup artist
Jeanne Van Phue .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Bill Finnegan .... unit production manager (as William Finnegan)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cherylanne Martin .... second second assistant director
Charles Myers .... first assistant director (as Myers)
Tracy Rosenthal-Newsom .... second assistant director (as Tracy Rosenthal)
 
Art Department
Bruce Bellamy .... on-set dresser
Tom Bleckov .... laborer: Seattle
James Doug Burch .... propmaker (as J. Douglas Burch)
David T. Cannon .... propmaker (as David Cannon)
Joseph H. Catmull .... construction foreman
Ronald Cox .... propmaker (as Ronald Wayne Cox)
Ed Dupra .... set dresser: Seattle
Amy Feldman .... set dresser
Mark Fite .... propmaker
Eugene Freiburger .... construction laborer
Don Gibbin Jr. .... senior set designer
Chris Gibbin .... painter
Charles T. Gray .... swing gang
Clay A. Griffith .... art coordinator
Jonathan Hackett .... propmaker: Seattle
Kenneth Hardy .... painter
Ross Harpold .... set dresser
Eric Hice .... swing gang
Suzanne Joffe .... painter
Scott Anthony Lynk .... propmaker
Michael Muhlfriedel .... lead man (as Michael Mulhfriedel)
Joshua Ott .... propmaker (as Joshua J. Ott)
Paul Pembrook .... propmaker: Seattle
Michael Perry .... assistant art director
Korey Scott Pollard .... swing gang (as Korey Pollard)
Renee Prince .... painter
Paul Rylander .... assistant props
Randy Sanchez .... painter
Wayne Shepherd .... painter (as Wayne Shephard)
David Stawecki .... propmaker
Peter Sykes .... swing gang
Walter Wall .... property master
Rick Welden .... propmaker
Chris L. Winslow .... scenic artist (as Chris Winslow)
Gary Wortman .... propmaker
Curtis Yomtob .... construction coordinator
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Glenn Aulepp .... cable person (as Glen Aulepp)
Kevin Bartnof .... foley artist
Gregg Baxter .... adr editor
Wallace R. Bearden .... adr mixer
Susan Dudeck .... foley editor
Patrick English .... sound assistant
John Haeny .... sound effects editor
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising sound editor
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Bobby Mackston .... dialogue editor (as Robert Macksten)
Efraim Reuveni .... foley editor
Carolann Sanchez-Shapiro .... sound assistant (as Carolann S. Sanchez)
Matt Sawelson .... dialogue editor (as Matthew G. Sawelson)
Stephan von Hase .... sound mixer
Ian Wright .... boom operator (as Ian C. Wright)
Brad Sherman .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Robert E. Worthington .... special effects
 
Stunts
Jon Conrad Pochron .... stunt coordinator (as Jon Pochron)
Paul E. Short .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Florian Ballhaus .... first assistant camera
Arthur Blum .... dolly grip
Branch M. Brunson .... electrician
Bruce Byall .... best boy grip
Tim Collins .... grip (as Timothy P. Collins)
John L. Demps Jr. .... electrician
John Doherty .... pre-rig rigging gaffer (as John J. Doherty)
David M. Dunlap .... camera operator (as David Dunlap)
Chris Feringer .... grip: Seattle
Todd Griffith .... grip
William D. Harris .... grip
Pamela Katz .... second assistant camera
Zeph R. Makgetla .... additional camera assistant
Bruce Martin .... electrician: Seattle
Don McDonald Jr. .... electrician: Seattle (as Don McConald Jr.)
Charlie McIntyre .... electrician (as Charles H. McIntyre III)
Robert W. Meckler .... grip (as Robert Meckler)
Karen Miller .... special photographer
John Murphy .... key rigging grip (as John W. Murphy)
Ronald J. Pure Jr. .... electrician (as R. Joe Pure Jr.)
John 'Fest' Sandau .... best boy electric
Mark Sannes .... grip
Steve Schwaer .... pre-rig rigging gaffer
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
William A. Shea .... grip
Steve Smith .... key grip
Mike Steward .... grip: Seattle
Woogie Thomas .... electrician
James R. Tynes .... gaffer (as Jim Tynes)
 
Casting Department
Reatha Grey .... extras casting: Grey Images
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Christina Sanchez .... casting coordinator
Joanne Zaluski .... casting associate
Patti Carns Kalles .... casting: Seattle (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marsha Perloff .... wardrobe supervisor
Jill Sharaf .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Susan Alexander .... apprentice editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Karen Marmer .... post-production coordinator
Michael T. Wilson .... assistant editor (as Michael Wilson)
Scot Deer .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bunny Andrews .... music editor
Else Blangsted .... music editorial consultant
Brian Bromberg .... musician: bass
Sandy DeCrescent .... musicians contractor
Dave Grusin .... musician: keyboards and piano solo for Jeff Bridges
John Hammond .... musician: piano solo for Beau Bridges (as John F. Hammond)
Sal Marquez .... musician: trumpet
Harvey W. Mason .... musician: drums (as Harvey Mason)
Jill Meyers .... music clearance
Donald Murray .... music recording engineer (as Don Murray)
Lee Ritenour .... musician: guitar (as Lee Rittenour)
Joel Sill .... executive music producer
Sally Stevens .... vocal coach to Ms. Pfeiffer
Ernie Watts .... musician: saxophone
Jon Charles .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Curt Sobel .... music editor (uncredited)
Rick Winquest .... score assistant engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Richard M. Brasic .... driver
Anthony J. Brazas .... driver
Robert T. Chestnut .... driver: Seattle (as Bob Chestnut)
Lewis Cundiff .... driver
George Evans .... driver: Seattle
Jimmy Jones .... driver: Seattle (as Jim Jones)
Thomas C. Kimmel .... driver
George Kramer .... driver: Seattle
Marc Lebeaune .... driver (as Mike Labeaune)
Jon McCarthy .... transportation captain: Seattle (as John McCarthy)
Eric W. Mizen .... driver
Joseph Kelly Padovich .... driver
Mike Padovich .... driver
Marvin Palenske .... driver
Don Penick .... driver: Seattle
Olin Rushin .... driver
Gary Shephard .... driver: Seattle (as Gary Shepard)
Gary Small .... driver (as Gary K. Small)
Howard A. Small .... transportation coordinator (as Howard Small)
Anthony C. Steere .... driver (as Anthony Charles Steere)
Robert Sullivan .... driver: Seattle (as Bob Sullivan)
Bob White .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Frans J. Afman .... financial consultant: Credit Lyonnais Bank Nederland N.V.
John Steven Agoglia .... assistant location manager (as John S. Agoglia)
Jeffrey K. Ausmus .... production secretary
Jan Sebastian Ballhaus .... production assistant (as Sebastian Ballhaus)
Barbara Bass .... studio teacher (as Barbara L. Bass)
Creed Bratton .... stand-in: Beau Bridges
Bart Carpenter .... production assistant
Loyd Catlett .... assistant: Jeff Bridges (as Lloyd Catlett)
Robin Citrin .... location manager
Joyce Collins .... piano coach
Bryan Curry .... production assistant
Margaret E. Fannin .... production coordinator
Sandra Fear .... stand-in: Michelle Pfeiffer
Lou Forestieri .... piano coach (as Lou Foresteri)
Ashley R. Friedman .... production assistant
Peter Gantt .... craft service: Seattle (as Peter Gant)
Lynette Goto .... office production assistant: Seattle
Dennis Grisco .... dog trainer (as Dennis R. Grisco)
Tony Grob .... location assistant: Seattle
Denny Hans .... craft service
Peter E. Hirsch .... production assistant: Seattle (as Peter Hirsch)
Peggy Holmes .... choreographer: "Makin' Whoopee"
Jody Hummer .... assistant location manager
Kay Jordan .... accounting assistant
Linda Labov .... assistant to producers
John E. Oliver .... sideline piano supervisor
Donna Ostroff .... assistant to producers
Laura Petticord .... production assistant (as Laura Ann Petticord)
Clinton Pozzi Jr. .... tutor: Seattle
Nancy Pyne-Hapke .... studio teacher
Trudy Ramirez .... script supervisor
Mayda Renizzi-Holt .... production accountant
Valerie Ross .... production coordinator: Seattle
Ken Ryan .... production executive
Roberto Santana .... production assistant
Suzanne Spangler .... production assistant
Spooky Stevens .... publicist
Alexandra Stone .... assistant to producers
Jordan Stone .... production assistant (as Jordan J. Stone)
Brad Stephens .... publicist (uncredited)
Kieran Woo .... assistant post-production auditor (uncredited)
 
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114 min | Australia:110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although Dave Grusin recorded the songs for the movie soundtrack, Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges both learned to play all the songs in the film. To make their playing appear realistic, the actors watched videotapes of Grusin's hands playing the music.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When the little girl comes in through the window and tells Susie she "came down to walk Eddie", she goes out the door without the dog leash. The leash is clearly visible hanging on a peg right next to the door.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Baker:You let that guy turn us into clowns tonight. We were always small time, but we were never clowns.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.31" (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jingle BellsSee more »

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38 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Even when a larger audience will see it, they will probably not like it, 25 July 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

After seeing the rating for this movie, I'm convinced about one thing: the average viewer doesn't want good movies, all they are interested in is some cheap entertainment with big explosions, a lot of violence and shooting and if possible even more car chases. How else could you explain the fact that movies like "Batman Begins" or "Spiderman" and yes even the "The Lord of the Rings"-trilogy make it to the top 250, but a movie like this one doesn't even get a 7/10 (The actual rating is 6.6/10 after 4,563 votes). Am I saying that this movie belongs in that list too? No, I'm not, because it is a very good movie, but there are plenty of better ones. It's just the fact that I don't understand why people no longer seem to appreciate some very good acting and a fine story anymore.

"The Fabulous Baker Boys" tells the story about two professional musicians, Frank Baker and his younger, less committed, but more talented brother Jack, who have been playing as a piano duo in bars and hotel lounges for many years, but who seem to have lost much of their appeal to the audience. They aren't asked for new performances and they realize that something has to be done. They decide to hire a new female singer. During the auditions there isn't one who can sing or keep tone and they are convinced that they will never find one either. But then Suzie Diamond comes stepping in. She's 1.5 hours late, has a big mouth and hasn't got the right 'entertainment' experience (she has worked as an escort girl). But they give her a chance and they are astonished by her qualities. Together they make the act successful again, but when the relation between Suzie and Jack briefly becomes more than professional, tension between all three builds up and forces the band to break up...

Although I didn't know the name of the director, Steven Kloves, I was convinced that this could be a very good movie. The reason for that was because I knew that Sydney Pollack was one of the producers. That's no guarantee for success of course, but it sure helped me to get some confidence in this movie. And it has to be said. Kloves has done a fine job in writing and directing this movie. I'm sure that it will not appeal to a large audience because it isn't very spectacular, but what he has done with it certainly proves that the man has talent. He has written a solid, effective, but simple story without too many extra's and I really appreciate that. Also in his direction he has kept everything quite sober. This is 'just' a love story involving a small band, but it works and that's all that matters.

Of course he has been helped by his excellent cast. Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges are really very good in playing the two pianists, but it was Michelle Pfeiffer who had me completely in her power. Not only does she look and act very sensual in this movie, she sings like an angel. I knew that she was a very talented actor, but that she could sing that well, really was a big surprise to me.

Overall this movie deserves to be seen by a bigger audience, although I'm convinced that it will never happen. It lacks everything to draw in a big crowd and even when they give it a try, they will probably not like it because it's nothing special in their opinions. Personally I liked it a lot. A good story, some very fine acting, very good directing,... make me believe that this movie doesn't deserve a rating lower than a 7.5/10.

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