Wild Man Blues

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Run time: 105 mins

In Theaters: Friday 17th April 1998

Box Office Worldwide: $425.8 thousand

Distributed by: Fine Line Features

Production compaines: Cabin Creek Films


Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Fresh: 32 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: Woody Allen as himself, the Clarinetist, Letty Aronson as Herself, sister of Woody Allen, Soon-Yi Previn as herself, Dan Barrett as himself, the trombonist, Simon Wettenhall as himself, the trumpeter (as Simon Wettenthall), John Gill as himself, the drummer and vocalist, Greg Cohen as himself, the bassist, Cynthia Sayer as herself, the pianist, Eddy Davis as himself, the band director and banjoist, Nettie Konigsberg as herself, mother of Woody Allen, Martin Konigsberg as himself, father of Woody Allen, John Doumanian as himself, guest in hotel suite

Wild Man Blues Movie Review

Woody Allen the filmmaker we know. But Woody the jazz musician? Barbara Kopple's documentary follows the Woodman around a tour of Europe with his scrappy New York jazz combo, only to fan adoring fans enamored with... his movies. Soon-Yi Previn provides a lot of insight into Allen's appeal, while he exhibits traditional Allenisms: hypochondria, fear of a dog licking him, displeasure with a Spanish breakfast, and inability to climb out of a small wading pool. As a classic jazz fan, the "primitive New Orleans music that no longer exists anywhere on earth" is quite good. The feel-good insights into Allen's life are rather shallow and fleeting at best (Kopple is an obvious fan who softballs the whole picture -- probably a neccessary evil, however, in even getting the picture made). Overall, if you'd like to see what 90 minutes of Woody's neurotic home life is like, punctuated by some clarinet blowing, this is the movie for you.


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Wild Man Blues Rating

" OK "


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