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Lush Life (1993)

R | | Drama | TV Movie October 1993
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Two best friends play jazz in nightclubs.

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Michael Elias

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Michael Elias
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernie Andrews Ernie Andrews ... Himself
Jeff Goldblum ... Al Gorky
Buddy Arnold Buddy Arnold ... Benny
Forest Whitaker ... Buddy Chester
Kathy Baker ... Janice Oliver
Valerie Bickford Valerie Bickford ... Singer
Frank Cavestani ... Trombone #1
Don Cheadle ... Jack
Lois Chiles ... Lucy
Alex Désert ... Lester (as Alex Desert)
Pat Distefano Pat Distefano ... Waiter
Everette Harp ... Session Leader
Charlie Heath Charlie Heath ... Young Man
Tom La Grua Tom La Grua ... Howard (as Tom LaGrua)
Laraine Mestman Laraine Mestman ... Party Guest #1
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Two best friends play jazz in nightclubs.

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jazz | bebop | See All (2) »

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Drama

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jazz dans la nuit See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Sheldon who plays Norman the conductor, was a jazz trumpet player performing with the likes of Johnny Mandel and Stan Getz. See more »

Connections

References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Up Jumped Spring
by Freddie Hubbard
Sung by Sue Raney
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A superb celebration of modern jazz
14 May 2005 | by mayreh@att.netSee all my reviews

This is a real modern jazz movie; there are precious few of those, notwithstanding the efforts of those who have gone before or since. The "buddy" aspect, ala "Brian's Song" is well done, but for me, the energy is in the music, which is given as much rein as a drama from Hollywood permits.This music is mainstream hard bop, superbly performed by Chuck Findlay (trumpet) among others.I believed in the musicians' love of the music for its own sake.

I think it very strange that in the entire history of "modern" jazz, which for most musicologists occupies the period 1942-present, only "Round Midnight" and "Bird" and (maybe)"Giant Steps" address the music in a meaningful way on a par with this film, documentaries and concert films excluded.

One sees clearly that "Lush Life" is a labor born of love, destined to be a largely overlooked made for TV film.


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