An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families... See full summary »
Opens with Bleek as a child learning to play the trumpet, his friends want him to come out and play but mother insists he finish his lessons. Bleek grows into adulthood and forms his own band - The Bleek Gilliam Quartet. The story of Bleek's and Shadow's friendly rivalry on stage which spills into their professional relationship and threatens to tear apart the quartet.Written by
When Spike Lee goes over his bets with the bookie, they review a real New York Post from Friday, September 29, 1989. See more »
During the performance of Bleek's "Pop Top Urban 40 Funk Love ... Song", Bleek's headgear changes from hat to baseball cap. See more »
[during his stand-up, recognizing Giant]
Look at that little ugly guy at the bar. Hey, fella! That's Bleek Gilliam's manager. Little Mr Magoo-looking fucker there. You think l didn't see you back over there, Giant. 'Trying to sneak in here in the colored section. l see you sitting at the bar. Yeah, that poor fucker. l first met him trying out for the Celtics a couple of years ago. He got mad 'cos Robert Parish was on the team. That Larry Bird told me. He ain't got nothing but a three-pointer. ...
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Flavor Flave of the rap group Public Enemy spells out the letters in "Universal" as the studio logo appears on the screen. See more »
When this was on TV the other night, I expected to stick out about two minutes of it. Being a follower of Tarantino, all I'd heard recently of Spike Lee was wholly negative. In addition, I know nothing of black culture and/or jazz. Imagine my surprise then when, two hours later, I found myself entirely intoxicated by the blend of atmosphere, empathy, humour and pure depth of character and relationship in this exceptional movie. Next up, I'm watching all his other movies... Quentin, make your peace!
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