Too Late Blues
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After his pioneering independent film Shadows (1960), actor/writer/director John Cassavetes made his major studio directorial debut with this gritty, low-key drama about jazz musicians. Bobby Darin plays John "Ghost" Walefield, a pianist who scuffles from gig to gig with his band, trying to keep body and soul together without betraying his muse. Ghost's agent Benny (Everett Chambers) introduces him to Jess (Stella Stevens), a would-be singer who looks beautiful, even though her voice is fair at best. Ghost falls hard for her and agrees to put her in the band, though it's hard… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's pretentious, lugubrious, mawkish, and full of both naivete and macho bluster. It also has moments that are indelible and heartbreaking."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"An uncompromising movie, for good and for ill."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Interesting mainly for its jazz atmosphere and Darin's nonsinging performance."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the more impressive Hollywood movies to be set in the hip, flip jazz world."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"One of the better and more honest jazz films ever made in Hollywood."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"John Cassavetes' first Hollywood-made project shows a tendency to force casebook psychology on the characters at a loss of spontaneity."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The jumpy, freewheeling Cassavetes style -- for which Darin's jazz, I suppose, is a metaphor -- seems well worth fighting for."
‑ , Film4
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