Mo Better Blues

Directed By: Spike Lee Starring: Denzel Washington Joie Lee

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A dark ensemble comedy/drama following the amorous misadventures of a hedonistic jazz trumpeter, the two women who love him and his compulsive manager, who all try to do the right thing.

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Studio Universal
SKU 40146675
UPC 025192053627
UPC 14 00025192053627
Format DVD
Release Date 3/25/2014
Rating Rating
Keywords
Buddies
Jazz
Jazz Musicians
Love Triangle
Love Triangles
Music (General)
Romance
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Spike Lee ventures into the world of jazz music with this stylish romantic drama. Forced by his mother to study the trumpet, Bleek Gilliam (Denzel Washington) has grown up to become the leader of a successful jazz quintet. Managed by his inept friend, Giant (Lee), Bleek clashes with fellow band member Shadow Henderson (Wesley Snipes). Making matters worse is Bleek's romantic situation: trying to balance two different women at the same time--schoolteacher Indigo Downes (Joie Lee) and aspiring singer Clarke Bentancourt (Cynda Williams). In a hysterical moment, the line is blurred when, while making love, Bleek calls each woman by the other's name. As he struggles to keep the quintet alive and flourishing, he must decide once and for all what it is he really wants: Indigo, Clarke, or his trumpet. The son of jazz musician Bill Lee, who contributes music to the film, Lee has written a script that crackles with witty behind-the-scenes banter that feels natural and fresh. Ernest R. Dickerson's camera moves at an even brisker pace than in other Lee films, which compliments the bouncy soundtrack, making MO' BETTER BLUES an entertaining ride.
Plot Summary
Summary Top jazz trumpet player Bleek Gilliam is obsessed by his music but indecisive about his two girlfriends. When his manager and childhood friend gets into trouble because of compulsive gambling, Bleek comes to his aid only to discover that his world is more fragile than he ever imagined. MO' BETTER BLUES is directed by Spike Lee and stars Lee; his sister, Joie; Denzel Washington; Cynda Williams; and Welsey Snipes.
Reviews
Los Angeles Times "...Seductive, engaging....[Lee is] terrific at ambience, at a real feeling for backstage talk..." 08/03/1990 p.F1
Directors
Spike Lee
Actors
Denzel Washington
Joie Lee
Cast & Crew
Cynda Williams - Actor
Denzel Washington - Actor
Joie Lee - Actor
Spike Lee - Actor
Spike Lee - Director
Ernest R. Dickerson - Director of Photography
Terence Blanchard - Musical Score
Bill Lee - Musical Score
Monty Ross - Producer
Spike Lee - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1990
Catalog ID 20536
UPC 00025192053627
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 130 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
1.78:1
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Gary Franklin, KABC-TV One of the best films of the year.
Pat Collins, WWOR-TV Spike Lee scores again. Denzel Washington is perfection.

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