Mo' Better Blues

Mo' Better Blues (1990)

  • Genre: Drama, Romance, Music, Comedy
  • Release Date: 1990-08-03
  • User Rating: 6.5/10 from 95 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 9min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director:
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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.

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  • Denzel Washington

    as Bleek Gilliam
  • Spike Lee

    as Giant
  • Wesley Snipes

    as Shadow Henderson (Sax)
  • Giancarlo Esposito

    as Left Hand Lacey (Piano)
  • John Turturro

    as Moe Flatbush
  • Samuel L. Jackson

    as Madlock
  • Charlie Murphy

    as Eggy
  • Nicholas Turturro

    as Josh Flatbush
  • Robin Harris

    as Butterbean Jones
  • Joie Lee

    as Indigo
  • Cynda Williams

    as Clarke Bentancourt
  • Flavor Flav

    as Impatient Movie Patron
  • Bill Nunn

    as Bottom Hammer
  • Dick Anthony Williams

    as Big Stop Williams
  • Tracy Camilla Johns

    as Club Patron
Directing Spike Lee Director
Production Spike Lee Producer
Writing Spike Lee Writer
Sound Skip Lievsay Sound Designer
Sound Bill Lee Original Music Composer
Camera Ernest R. Dickerson Director of Photography
Editing Samuel D. Pollard Editor