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Year
1989
Runtime
114 min.
Director
Steve Kloves
Genres
Drama, Romance, Music
Rating *
6.8
Votes *
15,534
Checks
2,056
Favs
61
Dislikes
21
Favs/checks
3.0% (1:34)
Favs/dislikes
3:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    The Fabulous Baker Boys takes place in the dying embers of the lounge scene, when two pianists, brothers played by Beau and Jeff Bridges, add a gorgeous but messy singer (Michelle Pfeiffer) to their act so it can survive, and as it turns out, thrive. But this third element is destabilizing enough it highlights their arrested development and creative differences. Above all a character study, Pfeiffer's acts as the catalyst that tests the two other leads, but she often steals the show (and sings her own songs, and beautifully too). Interestingly, some of the real-life brothers' actual conflicts inspired some of the scenes in the film, which presents a battle of egos between the "responsible one" and the "popular one", which really does feel true to life, whatever family you belong to. An excellent retro soundtrack, cracking dialog, and memorable characters. I don't need to ask for more. 1 year 9 months ago
  2. Lemonball679's avatar

    Lemonball679

    Great script and performances, but a bit of a 'wet squib' in my opinion and slightly dull. Felt a little like a tv movie to me. Still worth a watch though. 6 years 6 months ago
  3. aussieflickfan's avatar

    aussieflickfan

    There is something about this movie that rings true, especially if you have been a semi-professional and/or professional musician in the popular, jazz or wedding band style. The above applies to me. It offers a great script, affecting acting and fine direction. An all time classic for me. 7 years 10 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #97 in TimeOut's 100 Best Romantic Movies
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  2. This movie ranks #307 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  3. This movie ranks #906 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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