Mo’ Better Blues, the 1990 film by Spike Lee, still crackles with an enduring intensity. Set in a world of black Brooklyn at the beginning of the 1990’s, the film follows Denzel Washington, a working jazz trumpeter, as he approaches maturity. Wesley Snipes plays Washington’s foil as a Saxophone arbiter of New Jack sensibility against Post-bop traditionalism. Spike Lee plays a friend, and his sister Joie Lee plays against Cynda Williams as the women who would love Washington.
Coming after She’s Gotta Have It (1986), School Daze (1988), and the sensational hit Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo’ Better Blues captures the ferment of the Fort Greene Brooklyn creative elite at its fever pitch.
Director: Spike Lee
Producer: Spike Lee
Writer: Spike Lee
Cinematographer: Ernest R Dickerson
Editors: Samuel D Pollard
Music: Bill Lee, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard
Cast: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Harris, Joie Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Cynda Williams, Dick Anthony Williams, Samuel L Jackson, Rubén Blades, Flavor Flav
US Theatrical Release: August 3, 1990
US Distributor: Universal Pictures