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I Called Him Morgan (2016)

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An exploration of the relationship between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who was implicated in his murder in 1972.

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Kasper Collin

Writers:

Kasper Collin, Jesper Osmund (narrative consultant)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Morgan Lee Morgan ... Himself (archive material)
Helen Morgan Helen Morgan ... Herself (archive material)
Wayne Shorter ... Himself
Larry Reni Thomas Larry Reni Thomas ... Himself
Judith Johnson Judith Johnson ... Herself
Jymie Merritt Jymie Merritt ... Himself
Bennie Maupin Bennie Maupin ... Himself
Paul West Paul West ... Himself
Billy Harper Billy Harper ... Himself
Al Harrison Al Harrison ... Himself
Albert Tootie Heath Albert Tootie Heath ... Himself
Larry Ridley Larry Ridley ... Himself
Charli Persip Charli Persip ... Himself
Lena Sherrod Lena Sherrod ... Herself
Ron St. Clair Ron St. Clair ... Himself
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On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This feature documentary by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film about love, jazz and America.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Jazz Musician See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,902, 26 March 2017

Gross USA:

$128,986

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$128,986
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Color (Black & White and Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

Dat Dere
composed by Bobby Timmons
performed by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
published by UPAM Music Co, a division of GOPAM Enterprises, Inc.
administered by Gazell Music AB
taken from TBS Television Music Program entitled "Art Blakey Show"
© Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
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Great insight into Lee Morgan, though a bit sparse on material
16 February 2018 | by benm-41751See all my reviews

I recently started listening to Lee Morgan's wonderful music but didn't know anything about him. This documentary is a great look into his career, his storied relationship with his wife, and the events surrounding his death. Unfortunately, the documentary doesn't have an abundance of photos or clips to work with. They do a pretty good job working with what they have, but it does make me wonder if the length should have been cut given the gap of artifacts to use. I also wonder why they didn't dive more into Morgan's childhood.


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