Lush Life (1994)





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Jazz great Billy Strayhorn wrote the song which gives this film its title, "Lush Life". This film will be an especial treat to afficianados of jazz in all its forms. The story concerns the efforts of session musician Al Gorky (Jeff Goldblum) to arrange a once-in-a-lifetime jam session for his frequent recording partner, Buddy Chester (Forest Whitaker). The kicker is that Chester is dying of a brain tumor, and while he wants this session, he doesn't want anybody who's being invited to know. For a long time now, Al has been sliding, slacking off in his musical and his personal life. His wife Janis (Kathy Baker) thinks its about time he won free of the lure of the hipster lifestyle of the '60s, and gave up the dope and easy women. Chester has one final gift to give his friend: he won't allow Al to play in the super-session he's asked him to arrange unless he can sharpen up his playing.
Drama , Television
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Jeff Goldblum
as Al Gorky
Forest Whitaker
as Buddy Chester
Kathy Baker
as Janice Gorky
Zack Norman
as Beanstrom
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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This movie has perhaps the best character driven story I've ever seen and, although I can't really say that I have a single favorite movie, this movie is in my top five movies of all time. This movie is extremely underrated!! You'd almost absolutely have to find this online or rent it to see this movie. Good luck finding it on cable... I also take pride in the fact that when I first searched for this movie on Flixster they didn't have it! I had to find it on imdb to confirm the actors that were in the film & with a picture I submitted it to them they added this movie to their site bc I requested it! I'm so proud of myself...

Morpheus One
Morpheus One

I'm not a jazz fan, but this movie was really touching. Everyone that has a friend like that is extremely lucky.

Erin Collins
Erin Collins

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