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The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

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The lives of two struggling musicians, who happen to be brothers, inevitably change when they team up with a beautiful, up-and-coming singer.

Director:

Steve Kloves

Writer:

Steve Kloves
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Jack Baker
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Susie Diamond
Beau Bridges ... Frank Baker
Ellie Raab Ellie Raab ... Nina
Xander Berkeley ... Lloyd
Dakin Matthews ... Charlie
Ken Lerner ... Ray
Albert Hall ... Henry
Terri Treas ... Girl in Bed
Gregory Itzin ... Vince Nancy
Bradford English Bradford English ... Earl
David Coburn ... Kid at Vet
Todd Jeffries ... Theo
Jeff Nowinski ... Hotel Masseuse (as Jeffrey J. Nowinski)
Nancy Fish ... Laughing Bar Patron
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Storyline

The Fabulous Baker Boys, a Seattle-based duo piano lounge act performing cheesy jazz renditions of pop standards, is comprised of thirty-something brothers Frank and Jack Baker. Older Frank, married with two children, is the controlling business manager, front man and sole programmer of the playlist. Younger Jack is the carefree one without commitments to anything or anyone, including women, he who has had a long string of one night stands, most specifically with cocktail waitresses. Jack's strongest commitments are to his aging dog, Eddie, and to Nina, the lonely adolescent who lives in the apartment above his with her single, constantly dating mother. Jack's commitment to Nina is because of her unwavering commitment to him. The Baker Boys' act is becoming stale and outdated, and as such their ability to hold onto what gigs they are able to get is getting more difficult. So Frank comes up with the idea of hiring a singer to beef up the act. After thirty-seven failed auditions, they ... Written by Huggo

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For 31 years it's been just the Fabulous Baker Boys... but times change.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die fabelhaften Baker Boys See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,313,815, 15 October 1989

Gross USA:

$18,428,904

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,428,904
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Brooke Shields turned down the role of Susie Diamond, which in the end was cast with Michelle Pfeiffer. See more »

Goofs

During the fight scene in the alley there is a crew member fully visible for a very short time. See more »

Quotes

Jack Baker: You look good.
Susie Diamond: You look like shit.
Jack Baker: No, I mean it. You look good.
Susie Diamond: I mean it, too. You look like shit.
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Soundtracks

Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Performed by Duke Ellington Orchestra (as The Duke Ellington Orchestra)
Courtesy of GRP Records, Inc.
Produced by Michael Abene & Mercer Ellington
Written by Duke Ellington (as Edward Kennedy Ellington) & Bob Russell
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Simply Fabulous!
13 March 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS (1989) ***1/2 Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Jennifer Tilly, Ellie Raab. Excellent character driven comedy/drama with some above average low-key performances with real-life siblings Bridges as a lounge act facing stagnation until they decide to take on a chanteuse in the appealing form of Pfeiffer (Oscar nominee) who comes from the school of hard knocks, together making beautiful music. Beau's best work, Pfeiffer sizzles (particularly her steamy singing atop a piano) and Jeff is perfect as someone trying to maintain his sanity (and dignity) despite his setbacks. Great script also by rookie director Steve Kloves who also garnered an Oscar nod.


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