Too Late Blues
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Ghost (Bobby Darin) is a struggling piano player and composer for a small jazz band. The band plays several under attended gigs before coming across an aspiring female singer, Jess (Stella Stevens). Ghost and Jess make beautiful music together on and off the stage until and act of cowardice drives Jess away. He blows a recording deal over his obsession of the girl. Ghost looks in all the old musical haunts before he finds Jess, who by now has become a tawdry tramp. This is the first Hollywood film directed by John Cassavetes. Screenplay is by Cassavetes and Richard Carr.

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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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