Mo' Better Blues Movie Review 1990

Information and Film Reviews for Mo' Better Blues the Movie

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Not one of his more cohesive or compelling works, Lee's fourth feature is on the surface a backstage jazz biopic. But all Lee features are vitally concerned with complicated racial issues, and though subtle, this is no exception. Bleek Gilliam is a handsome, accomplished jazz trumpeter who divides his limited extra-curricular time between Clarke (newcomer Williams) and Indigo (junior Lee sibling Joie). What's interesting is not so much the story of self-interested musician and ladies' man Gilliam, but the subtle racial issues his life draws into focus. The Branford Marsalis Quartet provides the music for Bleek's group, scored by Lee's dad Bill (on whose life the script is loosely based).

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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 129 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Jazz & Blues, Biopics: Musicians, Sex & Sexuality, Romantic Triangles, Struggling Musicians, New Black Cinema, New York, New York, African America, Director/Star Teams: Lee & Washington, Jazz & Blues
Screenplay
Spike Lee
Cast
Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Joie Lee, Wesley Snipes, Cynda Williams, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Harris, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Dick Anthony Williams, Ruben Blades, Nicholas Turturro, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbey Lincoln, Tracy C. Johns, Joe Seneca
Cinematography
Ernest R. Dickerson
Director
Spike Lee
Music
Bill Lee, Branford Marsalis
Other
Sam Pollard
Producer
40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Universal Pictures

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