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Fabulous Baker Boys [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LP6KMQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,696 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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They don't make movies like that anymore nor do they produces actors & actresses like Jeff Bridges & Michelle Pfeiffer.

The movie revolves around brothers Jack and Frank Baker (Jeff & Beau Bridges) who are cocktail lounge piano players whose career has hit a sour note. They need a little charm and sex appeal to liven up their act - what they get is Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer), a beautiful, but hard-talking, chain-smoking songstress. The ensuing combination takes a ride through emotions, human nature & the lives of people in showbiz.

All that aside who could forget Michelle Pfeiffer looking as tantalizing as ever, as she slides across that Piano top in that slinkiest of slinky red dresses. The pause button on the DVD player is about to get a real good work out.

Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Actress for Michelle Pfeiffer & Best Cinematography & Editing. Golden Globe win for Best Actress & Nomination for Best Original Score.

Verdict: utterly enjoyable. It's the spirited energy that radiates from the lead performances that keeps this movie fluid. Pfeiffer especially is a revelation - and here's a part where she can do what she loves most, sing and act concurrently. Jeff Bridges also gives some of his best performances to date as her improbable suitor - together, they surprisingly, smolder in several scenes.

Rating: 4 and a ½ stars mainly for the piano top dancing. Just kidding, for being a superb movie.
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Before there was an Angelina Jolie, there was the luminous and stunning Michelle Pffeiffer, who could stop men in their tracks with just her eyes. In The Fabulous Baker Brothers, she does it all with her face, voice, and body in one of the most remembered renditions of "Making Whoopie," a hallmark performance on the par with Rita Hayworth's rendition of "Put the Blame on Mame."

A charming story of brotherly love, it features bachelor kuul dude, Jack (Jeff Bridges) and nerdy family guy, Frank (Beau Bridges),as a middle aged piano duo who have been a performing act since children. They play the circuit of small rooms in chain motels and hotels, cocktail lounges, and bars over 300 nights a year and have made a successful, if unnoticed living. However, with cuts to their expected schedule, the brothers realize they must make a change and take on a sexy vocalist, Suzy Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer). Suzy is a size 6, chain-smoking, foul-mouth, show-stopper beauty who cleans up well, and complicates the brother's ordered lives by asking for equal billing, and her photo on the marquee card. Adding to the dilemma, Suzy knows she does not like singing "Feelings" night after night, or "Bali Hi."

Jack wants Suzy for his own duet, but not the complications of a true commitment. Frank just wants Suzy to not swear into the microphone. The strain of a new member in to the daily grind on the road takes its toll on the brother's relationship, as Suzy's presence finally awakens Jack from his complacent attitude towards his life, and Frank, to stand up for himself and their professional career.

The real life brothers, Beau, the cute one, and Jeff, the hunk, are never more true to themselves portraying brothers, who long ago put their desires and needs on the back burner.
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I'd pay to see Jeff Bridges reading the telephone-directory - one of the most under-rated actors of his generation, though becoming more respected as he grows older - so maybe I'm prejudiced in favour of this film. But the tensions between the two (real-life) brothers (Frank played by Beau Bridges and Jack, played by Jeff) was both engrossing and ultimately moving (and could possibly be an example of art imitating life, one imagines). Michelle Pfeiffer was utterly believable as a vampish, bohemian chanteuse Susy Diamond and hats off to her for doing her own singing. I love understated films which demand intelligence from the viewer and this is a fine example: Jack's persona is developed subtly and incidental characters, like the booking-agent, Jack's dog, the little girl downstairs, are introduced to further our understanding of him The cocktail waitress whom he casually bonks in the first reel tells him after the one-night-stand that he has "great hands" (put to good use during the sex act, one assumes); Susy, the catalyst who changes his life, appreciates the way those "great hands" play jazz and by showing contempt for his acceptance of the status quo, pushes him into rejection of the shallow showbiz he's hated for 17 years and rejection also of his brother's values. He also comes to realize for the first time ever that it's possible to commit to a woman and see her as something other than a one-night-stand.

A subtle film that pays watching over and over again.
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Michelle Pfieffer is at her sensual best in this movie as the gum chewing, swearing Suzie Diamond. The Bridges brothers also contribute great performances, Beau as the older, geekier elder brother and Jeff as the cool, chain smoking jazz musician stifled by his brothers desires to earn good money on the music scene and musical limitations. The movie has a smooth, jazz feel to it which is great to relax to and the onscreen relationship between Pfieffer and Jeff Bridges really sizzles and the self destructiveness of it is captivating.
Dave Grusin lends a score with a laidback, night time feel to it which captures the moods of the characters perfectly, and special mention must go to Michelle Pfieffers vocal performances on several classic standards, her version of My Funny Valentine is my favourite ever of the song.
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