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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 21, 1994
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment



as Al Gorky

as Buddy Chester

as Janice Gorky

as Beanstrom
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Full Review… | March 27, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Lush Life


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

Erin Collins

Super Reviewer

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...

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