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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 & 6 nominations See more »
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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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Trivia:
When this film first went into development in 1986, 20th Century Fox wanted Bill Murray and Chevy Chase to star.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Susie Diamond:Listen, I didn't expect you to rush out and buy me a corsage this morning, you know. Your high school ring is safe.See more »
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61 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
The Real Seattle Sound, 24 July 2000
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Written and directed by Steve Kloves, `The Fabulous Baker Boys' is a tale of music and brotherly love set in Seattle. The Baker boys are Jack and Frank (real life brothers Jeff and Beau Bridges), who eke out a living playing piano together at various venues throughout the Emerald City, a basic lounge act they've been doing for fifteen years. Frank is the responsible one, because he has to be; he has a wife, kids and a home in the suburbs. He manages their business, secures the bookings and is content to stick with a formula that works. For him, it's not about the music, it's about keeping food on the table for those who depend on him. Jack, on the other hand, is unattached and could care less about the business end of the partnership. As long as it affords him a modicum of security as well as dignity, he is more than willing to just go along for the ride.

For Jack, though, underneath it all, it is about the music; it's about jazz. On off nights he will steal away alone to some small club to play, and deep down inside he knows that this is not only what he really wants, but needs. And he knows he could be great, if only he'd let himself go. The trouble is, he's been with Frank his whole life, and as long as the act is working he just can't make the break. Unless something happens, his dreams are destined to remain suppressed and unrealized. It is only when one of their regular clubs balks at rescheduling them that the brothers begin to realize that perhaps their act is getting a bit stale. So they decide to try adding a singer to the act. After a memorable scene in which a number of young hopefuls are auditioned, Suzie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer) enters their life. She joins the act on a trial basis, and after an amusing and somewhat tentative beginning, infuses it with new life, though Frank continues to adamantly resist too much of a departure from their original show. (`Does anyone really want to hear ‘Feelings' again?' she asks him at one point). Ultimately, however, Suzie becomes the impetus for change that Jack has needed all along, and the stage is set for the decisive moment, which comes when the dignity of the brothers is compromised due to an incident on Frank's part of uncharacteristic carelessness. When Jack tells Frank, `We've never been clowns before–' you know exactly how deep it has cut. Kloves has fashioned an entertaining study of relationships, change, and the effects of complacent loyalty and self-denial; and the importance of following your own heart. When Jack sits down alone at the piano in that smoke-filled club, we know that this is where he is meant to be. Filmed on location in and around Seattle, with a terrific score by Dave Grusin,a supporting cast that includes Jennifer Tilly (Monica) and Ellie Raab (Nina), and a classic scene in which Suzie Diamond croons `Makin' Whoopee' atop a piano, `The Fabulous Baker Boys' is an absolute gem you do not want to miss. I rate this one 10/10.

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