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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Morgan ... Himself (archive material)
Helen Morgan ... Herself (archive material)
... Himself
Larry Reni Thomas ... Himself
Judith Johnson ... Herself
Jymie Merritt ... Himself
Bennie Maupin ... Himself
Paul West ... Himself
Billy Harper ... Himself
Al Harrison ... Himself
Albert Tootie Heath ... Himself
Larry Ridley ... Himself
Charli Persip ... Himself
Lena Sherrod ... Herself
Ron St. Clair ... Himself


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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Release Date:

24 March 2017 (USA)  »

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American Jazz Musician  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,154, 24 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$97,711, 21 April 2017
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(Black & White and Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A Saturday In My Classroom
written by Gustavo Santaolalla (as Gustavo Alfredo Santaolalla)
performed by Frid & Frid Chamber Ensemble
Ludvig Klint on charango and guitars
published by Songs Of Universal, Inc.
on behalf of Warner-Barham Music LLC (BMI).
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Typical documentary about a musician
27 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

Seen at the Viennale 2016: This one is straight like a motorway in the desert. Nothing substantial is added to breathe in some life into this documentary. The usual interviews with musicians that were around with Morgan. Fun to see was a program in the window of a jazz club from the '60s with Lee Morgan Quintett playing today and Keith Jarrett the next day. Having seen Keith Jarrett this summer in Vienna it brings Lee Morgan closer to today. I did not know that Lee Morgan was murdered by his wife in his mid-30's. A main item of this movie is a music cassette from 1996 with an interview of his wife and murder Helen. One month after the interview Helen died. Instead of this documentary it would have been much more interesting to produce a radio show with the length of two hours, playing Lee Morgan tunes alternating with the interview of Helen.

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