The Gig

  • 1985
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

An overlooked gem written and directed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of "The Subject Was Roses," THE GIG shines a small but appreciative light on six middle-aged men and the living-room jazz band they've formed once a week for years, just for their own love of music. Wayne Rogers plays a car dealer who handles the slide trombone; Jerry Matz is...read more

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An overlooked gem written and directed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of "The Subject Was Roses," THE GIG shines a small but appreciative light on six middle-aged men and the living-room jazz band they've formed once a week for years, just for their own love of music. Wayne Rogers plays a car dealer who handles the slide trombone; Jerry Matz is a clarinet teacher with an expanded view of his own talents; Daniel Nalbach, the drum-playing dentist who lives

with his carping mother; Stan Lachow, a quiet basist; Andrew Duncan, a corporate type who comes to life only when he plunks the piano; and real-life musician Warren Vache as a superb trumpeter who gave up a musical career when he sold out to marry Susan Egbert, the daughter of a wealthy real estate man. Rogers learns about a two-week gig available at a Catskill Mountains resort and proposes they take the job so they can feel as if they have become professionals. When Lachow becomes hospitalized with cancer, the men recruit a genuine pro, Cleavon Little, to fill in. When the motley band reach the resort, dreams and musical reality collide.

THE GIG is warmly amusing throughout and creates occasional guffaws. The Catskills resort setting is authentic in both its look and its visitors, and the main characters will strike a chord in any amateur musician who has longed to make it big. Self-distributed by Gilroy, THE GIG was not seen by many people, but it's an engaging and wonderful work that doesn't strike one false note. A short-lived theatrical musical version was staged in 2002.

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  • Released: 1985
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: An overlooked gem written and directed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of "The Subject Was Roses," THE GIG shines a small but appreciative light on six middle-aged men and the living-room jazz band they've formed once a week for years, just for th… (more)

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