Superb drama about two best friends who play jazz in night clubs.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernie Andrews ...
Himself
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Al Gorky
Buddy Arnold ...
Benny
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Buddy Chester
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Janice Oliver
Valerie Bickford ...
Singer
Frank Cavestani ...
Trombone #1
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Jack
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Lucy
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Lester (as Alex Desert)
Pat Distefano ...
Waiter
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Session Leader
Charlie Heath ...
Young Man
Tom La Grua ...
Howard (as Tom LaGrua)
Laraine Mestman ...
Party Guest #1
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Superb drama about two best friends who play jazz in night clubs.

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Jazz dans la nuit  »

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Cool Jazz
31 May 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Lush Life" is a film that shows the world of jazz musicians with accuracy, something other films have tried, but failed to do. Thanks to director Michael Elias we are presented a realistic film with some of the best music heard in this type of movies. Mr. Elias must know this milieu well, judging what one sees in the picture.

The three principals, Jeff Goldblum, Kathy Baker and Forest Whitaker do good work together. Best of all, the characters they are playing appear to be real. We watch as these musicians struggle to make a living going from gig to gig in order to make ends meet. Their world is all about music and the pleasure they get from playing together. The surprise was Kathy Baker singing a jazz standard with great style and voice.

The story of Buddy's illness is not exploited to make the viewer feel sorry for the man. In fact, Buddy doesn't want anyone's pity as he faces a horrible end.

The supporting cast is excellent in conveying the atmosphere of the world of jazz in New York.


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