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Lush Life (1993)

R | | Drama | TV Movie October 1993
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
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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 musicians featured throughout the film are members of the Hollywood Studio Symphony orchestra. See more »

Connections

References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Old Fashioned
by Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer
Sung by Sue Raney
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Cool-cat buddy movie worth watching
1 April 2002 | by (Bellevue, Washington) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. You could call this a "slice-of-life" movie, the kind of movie that I usually hate, so why did this one work?

Reason one: Great stars. The three leads, Jeff Goldblum, Forest Whitaker, and Kathy Baker are three of my favorites. I've seen Jeff and Forest mis-cast in some bad movies, so it does my heart good to see them in roles where they seem to slip into their characters so easily. Forest's earlier experience in Clint Eastwood's Bird (a movie I did not enjoy) may have been useful here. The shots of Goldblum playing the sax made it look like he was really playing it. Kathy Baker can do it all. Her natural sweetness comes through in every performance. The script was probably written with younger actors in mind, and would have worked better, but Goldblum here at 41 and Baker at 43, manage to convince us they are a thirty-something Bohemian couple still working out their life plan.

Reason two: Great supporting cast. Don Cheadle and Lois Chiles head a supporting cast where all the performances are spot-on.

Reason three: Great music.

Reason four: good dialog.

This is a low-key, warm and fuzzy movie you don't have to think too hard about.


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