Mo' Better Blues


2h 7m 1990

Brief Synopsis

Story about a jazz musician who must make choices between his music and his romantic life.

Film Details

Also Known As
Cuanto Mas, Mejor
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Music
Release Date
1990
Production Company
Abdul Abbott
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Brooklyn, New York, USA; New York City, New York, USA; Empire Sound Stages, Long Island City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 7m

Synopsis

Story about a jazz musician who must make choices between his music and his romantic life.

Cast

Mamie Louise Anderson

Diane Monroe

Performer

Joe Seneca

Dale Stuckenbruck

Performer

Leon Addison Brown

Kenneth Gordon

Performer

Lou Ann Montesi

Performer

Darryl M Wonge

Monty Ross

Charles Libove

Performer

Gregory Komar

Performer

Laura Smith

Performer

Christopher Skeffrey

Winterton Garvey

Performer

Giancarlo Esposito

Joie Lee

John Turturro

Dick Anthony Williams

Reverend Herbert Daughtry

Sandra Billingslea

Performer

Frank Wess

Performer

Myra Segal

Performer

Abbey Lincoln

Bruce Lee Gross

Lead Person

Tracy Camilla Johns

Wesley Snipes

Performer

Lewis Eley

Performer

Jelani Asar Snipes

Anaysha Figueroa

John Canada Terrell

Coati Mundi

Zakee Howze

Samuel L. Jackson

Nick Turturro

Linda Hawkins

Angela Hall

Cecelia Hobbs

Performer

John Sobestanovich

Alvin Rogers

Performer

Ruben Blades

Paul Peabody

Performer

Richard Henrickson

Performer

Marion Pinheiro

Performer

Bill Lee

Carmen Malin

Performer

Flavor Flav

Lesa Terry

Performer

Jerome Richardson

Performer

Leonard Thomas

Shina D Netti

Performer

Sanford Allen

Performer

Yong T Kim

Performer

Yuri Vodovoz

Performer

Warren Smith

Performer

Steve Berrios

Performer

Scot Anthony Robinson

Elena Barere

Performer

Sheldon Turnipseed

Jue Yao

Performer

Gerald Tarack

Performer

Branford Marsalis

Performer

Maryellen Hester

Performer

Arnold Cromer

Suzanne Ornstein

Performer

Deon Richmond

Spike Lee

Babatunde Olatunji

Performer

Seldon Powell

Performer

Joseph Diamonte

Performer

Denzel Washington

Raye Dowell

Bill Nunn

Douglas Bourne

Ethel Abelson

Performer

Steve White

Robert Chausow

Performer

Ray Anthony Thomas

Terence Blanchard

Performer

John Pintavalle

Performer

Elliot Rosoff

Performer

Cynda Williams

Erle Grub

Performer

Larissa Blitz

Performer

Jeff Watts

Performer

Gerry Dodgion

Performer

Regis Iandiorio

Performer

Terrence Williams

Charlie Murphy

Glenn Williams

Stanley Hunte

Performer

Isabella

Robin Harris

Carol M Wiggins

Crew

Abdul Abbott

Other

Abdul Abbott

Cable Operator

Cannonball Adderley

Song Performer

Henry Adebonojo

Assistant Camera Operator

Stuart Allen

Other

Robert M Andres

Key Grip

Martin Andrews

Rigging Gaffer

Matiki Anoff

Makeup

Jane Asch

Camera

Wilbur L Ball

Apprentice

Jeff Balsmeyer

Storyboard Artist

Nancie Banks

Music

Seymour Barab

Other

Eddie Barefield

Other

Diane Barere

Other

Fontella Bass

Song Performer

Steve Berkowitz

Assistant

Martin Bernstein

Construction Coordinator

Donna Berwick

Assistant

Alysse Bezahler

Production Coordinator

Terence Blanchard

Song

Terence Blanchard

Consultant

Terence Blanchard

Song Performer

Phil Bodner

Music

Barbara Bogatin

Other

Clifford R Booker

Hair

David Boulton

Adr

Nancy Boytos

On-Set Dresser

Joan Brockschmidt

Dresser

Wanda Brooks

Other

Alfred Brown

Other

Marcia Brown

Production Assistant

Tom Brumberger

Prosthetic Makeup

Carol Buck

Other

Kimberly Buckley

Set Decorator

Jonathan Burkhart

Assistant Camera Operator

Yolanda Busbee

Production Assistant

Bill Butler

On-Set Dresser

Jeff Byrd

Other

Beverly Cable

Electrician

Shari Carpenter

Production Assistant

Ruth Carter

Costume Designer

Joe Chambers

Music

Vincent Chancey

Music

Larry M. Cherry

Hair

Ted Churchill

Steadicam Operator

Mary Citarella

Scenic Artist

Babe Clark

Other

John Clark

Music

Paulette Clark

Production Assistant

Rodney Clark

Other

Melvin Tyrone Clarke

Other

Myra-lee Cohen

Assistant Camera Operator

Ornette Coleman

Song

John Coltrane

Song Performer

John Coltrane

Song

Marko Constanzo

Foley

Lorenzo Contessa

Scenic Artist

H. H. Cooper

Assistant Director

Michael Curry

Other

Sara D'allesandro

Art Department

Jean Dane

Other

Eric Daniel

Production Assistant

Charles Davis

Music

Lee Davis

Craft Service

Miles Davis

Song Performer

Miles Davis

Song

Eva Davy

Scenic Artist

Debbie Deas

Makeup

Pam Demetruis

Adr Editor

Val Desalvo

Electrician

John R Dexter

Other

Ernest Dickerson

Director Of Photography

Lyle Dickey

Other

Ellen Doak

Scenic Artist

Bill Docker

Sound Editor

Debbie Durand

Makeup

Michael Ellis

Production Assistant

Christian Epps

Other

Angel Estrada

Assistant

Robin Eubanks

Other

Judith A Evans

Scenic Artist

Roy Farfel

Stunts

Barry Finclair

Other

Daniel Finn

Grip

Tom Fleischman

Sound

Michael Max Fleming

Consultant

Michael Max Flemming

Music

Randy Fletcher

Assistant Director

Garfield Fobbs

Other

Eileen Folson

Other

Alex Foster

Other

Susan D Fowler

Production Coordinator

Sally Friedman

Scenic Artist

Lisa Frucht

Wardrobe Assistant

Crystal Garner

Other

William K. Gaskins

Driver

Jean-paul Gaultier

Assistant

Michael Gaynor

Projectionist

James Geyer

Other

Ted Glass

Set Decorator

Jeffrey L Glave

Other

Bob Gorelick

Steadicam Operator

Carmen Griffin

Production Assistant

Fred Griffin

Music

John Grimolizzi

Other

Juliet Haffner

Other

Bil Haley-freeman

Location Assistant

W. C. Handy

Song

Roland Hanna

Other

Jennie Hansen

Other

Andy Harris

Assistant Camera Operator

Brian Harris

Production Assistant

Donald Harrison

Consultant

Verna Hart

Assistant

Ellen Hassman

Other

Van A Hayden

Craft Service

Lance Hayward

Assistant

Gordon Henderson

Assistant

Haywood Henry

Other

Milt Hinton

Music

Charlie Hoffman

Driver

Patricia Holmes

Assistant

Preston L. Holmes

Production Supervisor

Harold Horn

Other

Charles Houston

Gaffer

Rosa Howell-thornhill

Production Assistant

Gary Jackson

Song

Anthony L Jamison

Sound Editor

Debra D Jeffreys

Production Coordinator

Desiree Jellerette

Other

Gary Jennings

Scenic Artist

Brian Johnson

Sound Editor

Kristen M Johnson

Other

Damon Jones

Other

Beulah Jones-black

Assistant

Janice Kambara

Other

Pamela Katz

Assistant Camera Operator

Frank Kern

Foley Editor

Jon Kilik

Line Producer

Eric Barry Klein

Location Assistant

Joyce Kubalak

Scenic Artist

Tom Kudlek

Dolly Grip

Kevin Ladson

Property Master

Diedre Lawrence

Other

Jennifer Lax

Wardrobe Assistant

Michael Leather

On-Set Dresser

Harry Leavey

Driver

Jim Leavey

Transportation Captain

Bill Lee

Song

Bill Lee

Music

David C. Lee

Photography

Kevin Lee

Dialogue Editor

Leticia Lee

Assistant

Spike Lee

Screenplay

Spike Lee

Song

Spike Lee

Producer

Palesa Ka Letlaka

Other

Jesse Levine

Other

Walt Levinsky

Other

Skip Lievsay

Sound Design

Virginia Lim

Scenic Artist

David Lomax

Stunts

Tim Main

Other

Branford Marsalis

Song

Branford Marsalis

Song Performer

Christopher Martin

Song

Karen Mason

Other

Ronnie Matthews

Other

Jann Mcclary

Sound Editor

Charles Mcclennahan

Assistant Art Director

Taffany Mcclinn

Other

Larry Mcconkey

Steadicam Operator

Rita Mcghee

Production Assistant

Derek Mckane

Electrician

Melissa Meel

Other

Philip Michelson

Props Assistant

Larry Mims

Assistant

Raynard Miner

Song

Charles Mingus

Song Performer

Charles Mingus

Song

John Mitchell

Electrician

Octavio Molina

Property Master

Susie Money

Wardrobe Supervisor

Ayesha Morales

Other

Donna Myers-rambharose

Apprentice

Kenneth D Nelson

Construction

John C Newby

Camera Operator

Ed Newins

Grip

Tom Newins

Driver

Tom Newton

Special Effects Coordinator

Robert Nickson

Production Associate

Fred Nielsen

Production Assistant

David Noble

Grip

John O'malley

Electrician

Eric Oden

Auditor

Phil Oetiker

Camera Operator

Alexander Ostovsky

Music

Brent Owens

Unit Production Manager

Brent Owens

Location Manager

Film Details

Also Known As
Cuanto Mas, Mejor
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Music
Release Date
1990
Production Company
Abdul Abbott
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Brooklyn, New York, USA; New York City, New York, USA; Empire Sound Stages, Long Island City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 7m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States July 1990

Released in United States March 1999

Released in United States on Video January 17, 1991

Released in United States September 1990

Released in United States Summer August 3, 1990

Shown at American Cinematheque as part of program "Out in the Streets: The Films of Spike Lee" March 15-20, 1999.

Shown at Goodwill Film Festival, Seattle July 20-29, 1990.

Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) September 4-15, 1990.

Began shooting September 25, 1989.

Completed shooting December 1, 1989.

Released in United States on Video January 17, 1991

Released in United States March 1999 (Shown at American Cinematheque as part of program "Out in the Streets: The Films of Spike Lee" March 15-20, 1999.)

Released in United States July 1990 (Shown at Goodwill Film Festival, Seattle July 20-29, 1990.)

Released in United States Summer August 3, 1990

Released in United States September 1990 (Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) September 4-15, 1990.)