Mo' Better Blues

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Released 1990

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Director:
Spike Lee
Released:
1990
Rating:
R
Mo' Better Blues is a 1990 Spike Lee film that follows the strange life of jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam (Denzel Washington). Bleek leads the Bleek Quintet in some hot jazz night clubs. However, Bleek's saxophonist, Shadow Henderson (Wesley Snipes), is in the habit of stealing the show. One of Bleek's childhood friends and his manager, Giant (Spike Lee), advises him to tone Shadow down. The band seems to be on the rise, but internal troubles may bring them down. Bleek confesses to his father that though he loves his girlfriend, he's also interested in other women. Shadow is also cheating on his girlfriend. The band is fighting over success as well. Shadow insists that he deserves a raise, and Bleek must fend off a girlfriend who wants to sing in the show. Giant is taking the band's earnings and spending them betting on baseball. Eventually, the several crises simultaneously come to a head, testing the limits of friendship and professionalism.

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Arts, Drama, Music

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African-American Drama