Mo' Better Blues

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): Spike Lee
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
130 min

Guess it's time for confessions|of a modern-day dog, huh?

Well,... like it or not,...|you're a dog.

You are a dog.

You're a good doggy, a nice dog,|but you're a dog nonetheless.

What can l say?|l'm not going to argue the point.

You know how l am.

- With men, it's a dick thing.|- A dick thing?

A D-l-O-K thing.

A D-l-O-K thing.

Hey, Bleek, you're late.

Three minutes.

Probably one of your lady friends|held you up.

- Hi, Mr Gilliam.|- Hello.

Sorry l can't stop. l'm late for school.|Bye-bye.

- What?|- You something else, you know that?

- How's the arm?|- l'm off the disabled list.

You love her?

l like her.

You like her.|What about the others?

l like her, too. l like women.

Just be careful.

Don't bring babies into this world|until you're married.

lf l see another 16-year-old,|black, unwed mother,

pushing a stroller, a baby in one arm,|another on the way,

l don't know what l'll do.

- l hear you.|- l can still smoke 'em.

Come on with it.

That's it, that's it.|That's enough.

l felt a twinge.

Come upstairs.|l'll ice it down for you.

No. l'm going back home.

All right. l'll call you later.

All right.

- Take care of that arm, all right?|- lt's just old age.

- Olarke, what time is it?|- One o'clock pm.

- What does that mean?|- You're practlslng.

That's right.|lt means l'm practising.

lf you know l'm practising|and l don't finish practising till 2:00,

which is another 60 minutes,|why you buzzing my buzzer?

Because l want to see you.

- What is that supposed to mean?|- That means let me up.

- And who are you?|- l'm Clarke.

How many times|do l have to tell you?

l have a certain time|allotted for daily practice.

You know this, yet you|consistently overlook my programme.

l get the times mixed up.

Everything with you|is so damn regulated.

A certain time to do this,|a certain time to do that.

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Spike Lee

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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