Mo’ Better Blues

Mo' Better Blues

Movie: Mo’ Better Blues
Director: Spike Lee
Produced by: 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Universal
Released By: Universal
MPAA Rating: R

Spike Lee’s 1990 directing effort is a jazz film, the story of a fictional trumpeter named Bleek Gilliam. He leads a quintet at the Beneath the Underground club with a flashy saxophonist named Shadow Henderson. 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, 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 and a singer. Spike’s father Bill Lee scored the film, with contributions from Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Abbey Lincoln and Ruben Blades.

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