• Born to Be Blue (2016)

Born to Be Blue

Release Date: March 25th, 2016

DVD Release Date: July 26th, 2016

R |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

In the late 1960s, jazz trumpeter Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke) begins a romance with an actress (Carmen Ejogo) while trying to stage a musical comeback.

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Rennie, Tony Nappo, Janet-Laine Green, Dan Lett, Kedar Brown, Kevin Hanchard

Director: Robert Budreau

Genres: Biography , Music , Historical drama , Romance

Production Co: Black Hangar Studios, New Real Films, Lumanity Productions, Entertainment One, Productivity Media

Keywords: Charming, Emotional, Rise, Engaging, 1960s, Love interest, Brooding, Moving

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Stephen DaltonThe Hollywood Reporter

    Hawke is natural casting as Baker, sharing enough facial similarities to capture some of the late jazz icon's chiseled, hollow-cheeked, fallen-angel beauty. He gives an unshowy and vanity-free performance, all soft-spoken mischief and brittle arrogance, but laced with just enough blood, sweat and tears. show more

  • 75
    Tricia OlszewskiTheWrap

    Hawke is terrific as the jazz legend, so soft-spoken that he sometimes appears a little frightened of the people around him. show more

  • 70
    Fionnuala HalliganScreen International

    Ethan Hawke delivers an intense, committed performance as the hopelessly drug-addicted trumpeter Chet Baker in the odd, erratic Born To Be Blue, written and directed by Robert Budreau as a bumpy free-form improvisation on the hopeless-wreck-makes-musical-comeback biopic. show more

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