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Michelle Pfeiffer sang all her songs. No vocal double was used.
The first time Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges have acted in a film together. Some of the disagreements between the Baker Boys are based upon actual differences between the Bridges.
Michelle Pfeiffer hadn't sung in a year when she got the part of Susie Diamond. She had to practice for ten hours a day in the studio, and then took the tapes home with her to study them.
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.
Brothers Dennis Quaid and Randy Quaid turned down the roles of brothers Jack Baker and Frank Baker. Dennis Quaid would later be directed by Steve Kloves in Flesh and Bone (1993).
When this film first went into development in 1986, 20th Century Fox wanted Bill Murray and Chevy Chase to star.
One of Jeff Bridges' favorite parts of shooting the movie was choreographing the fight scene, which takes place after their disastrous telethon appearance with his brother Beau.
Debra Winger was offered the female lead of Susie Diamond, but turned it down, it in the end was cast with Michelle Pfeiffer.
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Madonna was originally approached for the role of Susie Diamond that went to Michelle Pfeiffer. Madonna turned it down because she thought that the plot was "too mushy."
Jodie Foster and Jennifer Jason Leigh were in talks to play Susie, which in the end was cast with Michelle Pfeiffer.
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Debut theatrical feature film directed by Screenwriter Steve Kloves.
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Brooke Shields turned down the role of Susie Diamond, which in the end was cast with Michelle Pfeiffer.
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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.
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Actresses who were offered the lead female role of Susie Diamond or were considered included: Madonna, Debra Winger, Brooke Shields, Jodie Foster, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The part in the end was cast with Michelle Pfeiffer.
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The iconic famous "Makin' Whooppee" scene on the piano was choreographed. It took six hours to shoot it. Michelle Pfeiffer only had one choreography lesson, and wore knee and elbow pads during rehearsals. The red velvet evening dress that Pfeiffer wears during the sequence was designed by the film's Costume Designer Lisa Jensen.
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Final theatrical feature film directed by Steve Kloves for four years, until Flesh and Bone (1993) which is the last cinema movie to have been directed by Kloves (as of March 2017), who predominantly has worked as a screenwriter, and has now become a producer as well.
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Michelle Pfeiffer had previously sung in Grease 2 (1982).
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The only 1989 released cinema movie that featured Michelle Pfeiffer after she had appeared in three pictures that had debuted in 1988: Tequila Sunrise (1988), Married to the Mob (1988), and Dangerous Liaisons (1988).
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The name of the nightclub where Susie Diamond and the Fabulous Baker Boys performed was the "Starfire Lounge".
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Michelle Pfeiffer won the following Best Actress awards from the following critics' circles and associations for her performance as Susie Diamond in this film: The New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the latter of which she tied for the gong with Andie MacDowell for Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). Pfeiffer was also both nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award and the Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) by the American Comedy Awards and won the Golden Globe Award for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - "Drama", this not being in the Golden Globes sister category of "Comedy or Musical" despite the film's comedic and musical elements.
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Brothers Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges, who portray the characters of Jack Baker and Frank Baker respectively, who are also brothers.
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Cameo 

Jennifer Tilly: As Monica Moran.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

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.

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