97 minutes – Drama, Biography Canadian release date: March 11, 2016 Canadian distributor: Entertainment One
Trumpeter and jazz singer Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke)became an icon in the 1950s. As the film begins, it’s the late 1960s and Chet is playing himself in a film about his own life. He strikes up a passionate romance on and off the set with Jane (Carmen Ejogo), an actress playing one of his lovers, but when he’s brutally beaten in a parking lot after a gig, his future suddenly isn’t so bright. His mouth is so badly damaged that his musical career is derailed and as a consequence, the film is shelved. However, Jane stands by him and he becomes determined to regain his place among his peers — including his friend and collaborator Dizzy Gillespie (Kevin Hanchard), his rival Miles Davis (Kedar Brown) and his reticent producer (Callum Keith Rennie).
This is a Canada/United Kingdom co-production. Production still and poster courtesy of Entertainment One
Chet Baker Jane / Elaine Dick Officer Reid Dad Mom Danny Friedman Jenny Dizzy Gillespie Bowling Alley Dealer
Sarah Florence Actor Dick Real Elaine Bowling Alley Manager Harry Azuka Jazz Bar patron Actor Dick Record Co. Executive First AD Beau Bar Patron Prothodontist Elsie Azuka Record Executive Janelle Wardrobe Headmistress Record Executive Italian Prison Guard Musician – Jazz Drummer M.C. Jazz Drummer Birdland Doorman Nurse