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Mo' Better Blues (1990)

R  |   |  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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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,153,600 (USA)
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Trivia

Denzel Washington's trumpet sound is played by Terence Blanchard and Branford Marsalis plays the sax for Wesley Snipes. The music you hear in the movie when the actors are "playing" was performed by Branford's working band which was used for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) when Jay Leno took over. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Giant: Shut up! Who asked you, Left Hand?
Left Hand Lacey: Nobody asked me, man.
GiantBleek: [in unison] Then shut the fuck up!
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Again, Never
Written and performed by Branford Marsalis Quartet and Terence Blanchard
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Surprised how much I liked it
15 January 1999 | by (London) – See all my reviews

When this was on TV the other night, I expected to stick out about two minutes of it. Being a follower of Tarantino, all I'd heard recently of Spike Lee was wholly negative. In addition, I know nothing of black culture and/or jazz. Imagine my surprise then when, two hours later, I found myself entirely intoxicated by the blend of atmosphere, empathy, humour and pure depth of character and relationship in this exceptional movie. Next up, I'm watching all his other movies... Quentin, make your peace!


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