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Lush Life (1993)

R | | Drama | TV Movie October 1993
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Superb drama about two best friends who play jazz in night clubs.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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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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October 1993 (USA)  »

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Jazz dans la nuit  »

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The little container that contained Forest Whitaker's "suicide pills" was actually an empty camera film holder. See more »

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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Up Jumped Spring
by Freddie Hubbard
Sung by Sue Raney
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good movie, terrific soundtrack
30 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lush Life is a fairly standard buddy movie (with Forest Whitaker and Jeff Goldblum), but this time the buddies are interesting people and have talent. There's also a slight "cherchez la femme" subplot, but it adds to the story instead of distracting from it. Kathy Baker does a wonderful job of proving her character's importance to the story without taking (too much) away from the interactions between Goldblum and Whitaker, two jazz musicians each facing their share of turning points in each of their lives.

The music is what kept me interested. Each of the principals has a big-name jazz stand-in, and the voice and virtuoso playing of the stand-ins practically steal the movie. I love classic jazz; if you do, too, see -- and, more important, listen to -- Lush Life.

P.S. If anyone knows whether a soundtrack album exists, or even a few CDs where I can find the tunes, please let me know.


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