Mo' Better Blues

Mo' Better Blues

Spike Lee
 Cast: Spike Lee
Spike Lee
, Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
, Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes
, Joie Lee
Joie Lee

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Overview

Spike Lee's 1990 directing effort is a jazz film, the story of a fictional trumpeter named Bleek Gilliam (Denzel Washington). He leads a quintet at the Beneath the Underground club with a flashy saxophonist named Shadow Henderson (Wesley Snipes). Though Shadow takes a few too many solos, everything seems fine in Bleek's life. Trouble soon arises, however, and he is forced to make decisions regarding both his best friend Giant (Spike Lee), and his relationships with two women. Giant, his manager and old pal, is addicted to gambling and often gets roughed up by thugs looking for pay back. Bleek is the only member of the quintet who wants to keep him as manager. The trumpeter's woman problems concern trying to decide between two girlfriends who both love him: a schoolteacher (Joie Lee) and a singer (Cynda Williams). Spike's father Bill Lee scored the film, with contributions from Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Abbey Lincoln and Ruben Blades (who plays Giant's bookie).

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2020
UPC: 0738329237158
Original Release: 1990
Rating: R
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 3,146

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Film Critic Kameron Austin Collins; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Bleek Gilliam
Spike Lee Giant
Wesley Snipes Shadow Henderson
Joie Lee Indigo Downes
Cynda Williams Clarke Bentancourt
Giancarlo Esposito Left Hand Lacey
Robin Harris Butterbean Jones
Bill Nunn Bottom Hammer
Dick Anthony Williams Big Stop Gilliam
Rubén Blades Petey
Jeff "Tain" Watts Rhythm Jones
Nicholas Turturro Josh Flatbush
Abbey Lincoln Lillian Gilliam
Linda Hawkins Jeanne
Zakee Howze Young Bleek/Miles
Bill Lee Father of the Bride
Branford Marsalis Party Guest
Samuel L. Jackson Madlock
Leonard Thomas Rod
Charlie Murphy Eggy
Steve White Born Knowledge
Joe Seneca Big Stop's Friend
Tracy Camilla Johns Actor
John Canada Terrell Actor
Monty Ross Actor
Mamie Louise Anderson Club Patron
Douglas Bourne Jimmy the Busboy
Leon Addison Brown Smith
Arnold Cromer Miles, Age 5
Herbert Daughtry Minister
Raye Dowell Rita
Anaysha Figueroa Shanika
Flavor Flav Impatient Movie Patron
Angela Hall Cora
Coati Mundi Roberto
Robi Reed Actor
Deon Richmond Tyrone
Scot Anthony Robinson Cooley
Christopher Skeffrey Louis
Jelani Asar Snipes Miles, Age 1
John Sobestanovich Taxi Driver
Raymond Anthony Thomas Joe
Sheldon Turnipseed Benny
Carol M. Wiggins Actor
Terrence Williams Sam
Darryl M. Wonge Miles at Birth
Glenn Williams Miles, Age 3

Technical Credits
Spike Lee Director,Songwriter,Producer,Screenwriter
Matiki Anoff Makeup
Terence Blanchard Songwriter,Consultant/advisor
Tom Brumberger Special Effects
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Ornette Coleman Songwriter
Ernest R. Dickerson Cinematographer
Michael Max Fleming Consultant/advisor
Ted Glass Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Donald Harrison Consultant/advisor
Jon Kilik Producer
Bill Lee Score Composer,Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Branford Marsalis Songwriter
Christopher "Play" Martin Songwriter
Raynard Miner Songwriter
John C. Newby Camera Operator
Tom Newton Special Effects
Sam Pollard Editor
Robi Reed Casting
Monty Ross Co-producer
Wayne Shorter Songwriter
Carl Smith Songwriter
Pam E. Stephens Art Director
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer
Jeff Ward Stunts

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