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Mo' Better Blues (1990)

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Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives.

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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
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Rhythm Jones (Drums)
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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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stage | friend | trumpet | jazz | comeback | See All (75) »

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A Spike Lee joint.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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3 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Love Supreme  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,153,600 (USA)
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Trivia

The book Indigo is reading when she starts going into labor is "Spiritual Midwifery" by Ina May Gaskin. 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

Bleek: But the jazz, you know if we had to dep... if we had to depend upon black people to eat, we would starve to death. I mean, you've been out there, you're on the bandstand, you look out into the audience, what do you see? You see Japanese, you see, you see West Germans, you see, you know, Slabobic, anything except our people - it makes no sense. It incenses me that our own people don't realize our own heritage, our own culture, this is our music, man.
Shadow Henderson: That's bullshit.
Bleek: Why?
Shadow Henderson: [slurred] It's all ...
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Flavor Flave of the rap group Public Enemy spells out the letters in "Universal" as the studio logo appears on the screen. See more »

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Referenced in Chi-Raq (2015) See more »

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Mo'Better Blues
Written and performed by Branford Marsalis Quartet and Terence Blanchard
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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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