Director Clint Eastwood, a noted jazz aficionado, directs this heartfelt study of pioneering bop saxophonist Charlie Parker (Forest Whitaker). Moving forward and backward through Parker’s brief life before his death of a heroin overdose at age 34, the film foregrounds the saxophonist’s difficult relationship with his wife, Chan Parker (Diane Venora), but also features lengthy scenes of Parker improvising on stage, lit with the neon and cigarette smoke of vintage jazz clubs.
Release date: September 30, 1988 (USA)
Director: Clint Eastwood
Producer: Clint Eastwood
Screenplay: Joel Oliansky
Awards: Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture
Tony Todd plays frog