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The Gig (1985)

6 amateur musicians accept an offer to play a 2-week gig in the Catskills. When the bass player suddenly falls ill, they recruit a genuine pro to fill in. As they embark on the opportunity ... See full summary »


Frank D. Gilroy


Frank D. Gilroy


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Rogers ... Marty Flynn
Cleavon Little ... Marshall Wilson
Andrew Duncan ... Jack Larmon
Jerry Matz Jerry Matz ... Aaron Wohl
Daniel Nalbach Daniel Nalbach ... Arthur Winslow
Warren Vaché Warren Vaché ... Gil Macrae
Joe Silver ... Abe Mitgang
Jay Thomas ... Rick Valentine
Stan Lachow Stan Lachow ... George Pappas
Celia Bressack Celia Bressack ... Lucy
Georgia Harrell Georgia Harrell ... The blonde
Michael Fischetti Michael Fischetti ... Vincent Amatri
Susan Egbert ... Laura Macrae
Karen Ashley Karen Ashley ... Janet Larmon
Virginia Downing Virginia Downing ... Mrs. Winslow


6 amateur musicians accept an offer to play a 2-week gig in the Catskills. When the bass player suddenly falls ill, they recruit a genuine pro to fill in. As they embark on the opportunity of a lifetime, dreams and reality begin to collide. Written by Adkturn

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Release Date:

26 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Banda do Paraíso See more »

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Kingston, New York, USA See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Warren Vache, who plays trumpeter Gil Macrae, is in real life an accomplished jazz musician with dozens of recordings as both leader and sideman to his credit. His brother Allan is also a well-known professional clarinetist. Their late father, Warren Vache Sr., was a famed jazz bassist and author as well. See more »


During the drive to the gig, Marshall Wilson regales the others with his past musical accomplishments. He mentions he played with, among others, jazz legend Charlie Parker. Parker died in 1955, so assuming this film is taking place in the 80's, that means the very youthful looking Wilson would had to have been a very precocious musician 30-plus years prior to have played with Parker. See more »


Jack Larmon: Did you call the police?
Abe Mitgang: Are you crazy?
Jack Larmon: A man has been assaulted!
Abe Mitgang: I call the police, a man's gonna be murdered - me!
Wilson: Welcome to the wonderful world of music.
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If you can find, please watch it
4 January 2017 | by izzynfrankSee all my reviews

This film is so difficult to find (I watched a complete upload on YouTube) that it seems foolish to review. As a long time lover of jazz and having been around jazz musicians for most of my life at clubs in NYC like the Five Spot and even places like Trumpets in my hometown of Montclair, this movie rings true on so many levels. Is it a great film? No. It is clearly made on a shoestring and with only a couple of names --Wayne Rogers and Cleavon Little. But the supporting cats are good too, many good character faces from old TV shows. What I think is most insightful, is the writing and how it captures these characters, their love for jazz and their naivete about what it takes to be a pro.

The dialogue is smart and funny. The film drags in a few places when some of the smaller characters are given too much story time but it never slows down to the point of disinterest. The writer knew how to write musicians -- jazz musicians especially, because they are an interesting bunch. I have to say one thing about my man, Cleavon Little. Cleavon left us with some beautiful work and he left us too soon. His performance here deserves attention because he played his character with such a distinct point of view. He and Wayne Rogers carried the film. Another scene, which I felt revealed the quality of the writing was the scene when Wayne Rogers gets knocked out by the wannabe Sinatra guy. A lesser film would have had him fighting back and being all macho. But instead, true to his character, who was not a tough guy, he took it like he had to. That scene must have happened in real life because it could not be made up, it had such a ring of truth. Find this film, and watch it.

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