I Called Him Morgan
I Called Him Morgan (2017)

On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: March 24, 2017
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: I Called Him Morgan doubles as a seductive tribute to its subject's jazz passion as well as an absorbing look at a fatally doomed relationship.

G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Ultimately, Collin's film is one of forgiveness.

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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

Morgan's relationship with Helen was so star-crossed and layered it's a mystery why the story hasn't yet been made into a biopic.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This is, like Tracy Chapman's song 'Fast Car,' a quintessential American story, full of promise, hope, heartbreak, tragedy and racism. It is a tragic, confounding and touching story, well told.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

"I Called Him Morgan" works as a jazz documentary as well as a bizarre true crime tale about a mysterious crime of passion. All these years later, many questions remain.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Musicians sometimes paraphrase Debussy, or one another, in saying that music is the silence between the notes. I Called Him Morgan has it all -- the notes and the silence, plus the music of spoken language, pitched in rueful tones of recollection.

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Josť Teodoro
Cinema Scope

I Called Morgan is a dexterous work of fusion: it's jazz history meets true crime. And it's fascinating.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Collin's approach to this incendiary material is both blatant and oblique - a bit like Lee's playing itself. Thankfully, we hear quite a bit of that playing in the film.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Using a dazzling blend of cinematic tools, aural as well as visual, Collin recreates both individual lives and an entire world.

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Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

[I Called Him Morgan is] a film that is more than just another story about a flawed artist who dies young. You have something that is far closer to a work of art.

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