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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 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:

$14,154, 24 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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

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1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

I Can't Hide
written & performed by Jason Moran
published by Jamo Publishing administered by Boplicity Music, a division of 'A' Side Music, LLC
administered by Stiggy Music & Management AB.
(P) 2014 Pathe Productions Limited
Courtesy of Sony/ATV Music publishing Scandinavia
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Typical documentary about a musician
27 October 2016 | by qeterSee 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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