Mo' Better Blues (1990)

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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.

Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 73% / Audience 75%

Rated R,  2 hr 9 mins

Drama • Romance
Spike Lee
Denzel Washington  •  Spike Lee  •  Wesley Snipes  •  Giancarlo Esposito

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