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Born to Be Blue (2015)

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A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker's musical comeback in the late '60s.

Director:

Robert Budreau

Writers:

Robert Budreau, James Luscombe (story editor)
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Hawke ... Chet Baker
Carmen Ejogo ... Jane / Elaine
Callum Keith Rennie ... Dick Bock
Tony Nappo ... Officer Reid
Stephen McHattie ... Chesney Baker Sr.
Janet-Laine Green ... Vera Baker
Dan Lett ... Danny Friedman
Kedar Brown ... Miles Davis
Kevin Hanchard ... Dizzy Gillespie
Tony Nardi ... Nicholas
Barbara Mamabolo ... Janelle
Charles Officer ... Bowling Alley Thug
Katie Boland ... Sarah
Janine Theriault Janine Theriault ... Florence
Joe Cobden ... Actor Dick
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Storyline

Born to be Blue starring Ethan Hawke is a re-imagining of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker's life in the 60's. When Chet stars in a film about himself, a romance heats up with his costar, the enigmatic Jane (Carmen Ejogo). Production is shelved when Chet's past comes back to haunt him and it appears he may never play music again but Jane challenges him to mount a musical comeback against all the odds. Written by Leonard Farlinger

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language, some sexuality and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

30 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chet Baker: A Lenda do Jazz See more »

Filming Locations:

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,184, 27 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$830,129, 7 July 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,003,337, 1 December 2016
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This isn't the first film Robert Budreau wrote and directed about Chet Baker, he has also made a short film called The Deaths of Chet Baker (2009). See more »

Goofs

Jane holds a stick figure made of vegetables on the set that disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Chet Baker: Time gets wider, you know. Not just longer.
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Soundtracks

Bowling Alley Boogie Take 1
Performed by David Braid
Written by David Braid
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jazzy
13 April 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Jazz trumpeter Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke) gains early fame for his West Coast Swing. Miles Davis dismisses him as White Men's Hope. Drug addiction breaks up his marriage to Elaine (Carmen Ejogo). Years later, he is struggling. He meets actress Jane (Carmen Ejogo) who is playing Elaine in his movie. His drug dealer smashes his face for not paying. He loses the movie and his ability to play. Even his producer friend Dick Bock (Callum Keith Rennie) has had enough. With Jane's help, he lives in a van and slowly regains his trumpet playing.

The flow is idiosyncratic like jazz. I also would like more of his early drug addiction downfall. There are some good character work from Ethan Hawke. There isn't a overriding drama but it has good some personal moments. This is solid work from Hawke but the movie is a bit slow as a whole.


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