Mo' Better Blues

Universal Studios (1990)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
USA | English | Color | 2h 9min

Opens with Bleek as a child learning to play the trumpet, his friends want him to come out and play but mother insists he finish his lessons. Bleek grows into adulthood and forms his own band - The Bleek Gilliam Quartet. The story of Bleek's and Shadow's friendly rivalry on stage which spills into their professional relationship and threatens to tear apart the quartet.

Cast View all

Denzel Washington Bleek Gilliam
Spike Lee Giant
Wesley Snipes Shadow Henderson (Sax)
Giancarlo Esposito Left Hand Lacey (Piano)
Robin Harris Butterbean Jones
Joie Lee Indigo Downes
Bill Nunn Bottom Hammer (Bass)
John Turturro Moe Flatbush
Dick Anthony Williams Big Stop Williams
Cynda Williams Clarke Bentancourt
Nicholas Turturro Josh Flatbush
Jeff 'Tain' Watts Rhythm Jones (Drums)
Samuel L. Jackson Madlock
Leonard L. Thomas Rod
Charles Q. Murphy Eggy
Steve White Born Knowledge
Rubén Blades Petey
Abbey Lincoln Lillian Gilliam
Linda Hawkins Jeanne
Raye Dowell Rita
Angela Hall Cora
Coati Mundi Roberto
Zakee Howze Young Bleek / Miles
Deon Richmond Tyrone
Raymond Anthony Thomas Joe

Crew View all

Director Spike Lee
Writers Spike Lee
Producers Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Monty Ross
Photographers Ernest R. Dickerson


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