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The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

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The lives of two struggling musicians, who happen to be brothers, inevitably change when they team up with a beautiful, up-and-coming singer.

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Steve Kloves

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Steve Kloves
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Jack Baker
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Susie Diamond
Beau Bridges ... Frank Baker
Ellie Raab Ellie Raab ... Nina
Xander Berkeley ... Lloyd
Dakin Matthews ... Charlie
Ken Lerner ... Ray
Albert Hall ... Henry
Terri Treas ... Girl in Bed
Gregory Itzin ... Vince Nancy
Bradford English Bradford English ... Earl
David Coburn ... Kid at Vet
Todd Jeffries ... Theo
Jeff Nowinski ... Hotel Masseuse (as Jeffrey J. Nowinski)
Nancy Fish ... Laughing Bar Patron
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Storyline

The Fabulous Baker Boys, a Seattle-based duo piano lounge act performing cheesy jazz renditions of pop standards, is comprised of thirty-something brothers Frank and Jack Baker. Older Frank, married with two children, is the controlling business manager, front man and sole programmer of the playlist. Younger Jack is the carefree one without commitments to anything or anyone, including women, he who has had a long string of one night stands, most specifically with cocktail waitresses. Jack's strongest commitments are to his aging dog, Eddie, and to Nina, the lonely adolescent who lives in the apartment above his with her single, constantly dating mother. Jack's commitment to Nina is because of her unwavering commitment to him. The Baker Boys' act is becoming stale and outdated, and as such their ability to hold onto what gigs they are able to get is getting more difficult. So Frank comes up with the idea of hiring a singer to beef up the act. After thirty-seven failed auditions, they ... Written by Huggo

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For 31 years it's been just the Fabulous Baker Boys... but times change.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1990 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Die fabelhaften Baker Boys See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,100,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The iconic famous "Makin' Whooppee" scene on the piano was choreographed. It took six hours to shoot it. Michelle Pfeiffer only had one choreography lesson, and wore knee and elbow pads during rehearsals. The red velvet evening dress that Pfeiffer wears during the sequence was designed by the film's Costume Designer Lisa Jensen. See more »

Goofs

When Jack goes to Frank's house, he is dropped off by a cab from the "Bay City Cab Co." However, the movie takes place in Seattle, not San Francisco (the Bay City). See more »

Quotes

Susie Diamond: Oh no, not the goddamn Luau Lounge again!
Frank Baker: What's the matter with the Luau Lounge? They don't salt their peanuts?
Susie Diamond: Singing 'Feelings' knee-deep in paper orchids and plastic tiki lamps is not exactly my idea of a fun evening.
Frank Baker: Fun? Who promised you fun? We get paid, remember!
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Connections

Referenced in Home and Away: Episode #1.722 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Solitude
Performed by Tony Bennett
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Written by Duke Ellington (as Edward Kennedy Ellington), Edgar De Lange (as Eddie De Lange) & Irving Mills
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Finest, most important film ever made on the subject of Music
16 June 2000 | by petermaxieSee all my reviews

I consider Baker Boys the best film on music because it is one of the finest noir stories ever written on the subject. It is an important film because of the subject matter: an expose of musical art married to entertainment. It is a subject rarely revealed in American media.

Most people think of "musical art" as something found at the classical music concert or the college music department. The other stuff we hear is entertainment, right? Well, sometimes it just isn't that simple. Baker Boys is a story based on those cases of mixed marriage when the talented artist finds himself locked into an employment situation that hampers his artistic ability. It may come as a surprise to Jazz and commercial music lovers that such music artists really do exist beneath the glamorous facade of their favorite music acts (not to mention films). The story of Jack Baker means to reveal this dark underbelly of the entertainment business.

It is well for the public to understand how and why such musicians exist. The distribution of a film such as Baker Boys is but one step toward this end. While most people saw the film as a romance involving the swing music genre, what they didn't seem to recognize is the more important underlying contextual theme. This issue - of undiscovered musical talent - is not popular. Unfortunately the average layperson is not familiar enough with music to understand or care about why a musician would be unhappy with his job. It is easy to see why most people avoided this, the main theme of the film - it's too dark - and instead focused on the romance and the style.

In the end, Baker Boys is a story of one Jack Baker, an entertainer who was finally bold enough to make the transition to Jazz artist. It is a story of passive resistance to what Blake Edwards immortalized as that "other" part of the entertainment industry known behind the scenes as S.O.B. (Standard Operating Bullshit). It is but one fictional story that represents many, many similar true-life cases of successful failure.


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