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Mo' Better Blues (1990)

 -  Drama | Music | Romance  -  3 August 1990 (USA)
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Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic life.

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Shadow Henderson (Sax)
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Left Hand Lacey (Piano)
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Butterbean Jones
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Indigo Downes
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Bottom Hammer (Bass)
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Moe Flatbush
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Big Stop Williams
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Clarke Bentancourt
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Josh Flatbush
Jeff 'Tain' Watts ...
Rhythm Jones (Druns)
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Madlock
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Rod
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Eggy (as Charles Q. Murphy)
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Storyline

Opens with Bleek as a child learning to play the trumpet, his friends want him to come out and play but mother insists he finish his lessons. Bleek grows into adulthood and forms his own band - The Bleek Gilliam Quartet. The story of Bleek's and Shadow's friendly rivalry on stage which spills into their professional relationship and threatens to tear apart the quartet. Written by David <DGOWERS6@CHECLABA.SCU.EDU.AU>

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A Spike Lee joint.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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3 August 1990 (USA)  »

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A Love Supreme  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,153,600 (USA)
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Joie Lee is director Spike Lee's sister. At the wedding, her character is given away by a character played by their real-life father Bill Lee. See more »

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During the performance of Bleek's "Pop Top Urban 40 Funk Love ... Song", Bleek's headgear changes from hat to baseball cap. See more »

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Clarke: 'Cause mo better makes it mo better.
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The first film in the Denzel/Spike Trilogy
27 November 2001 | by (Woodbridge,VA) – See all my reviews

Denzel Washington and Spike Lee remind me of Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi when it comes to actors and directors.This is the first film they worked on together and it was a success. The storyline and music are all great and Spike continues to make good movie. I give this film ***8 out of ****.


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