About the Film
Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly reimagined with wit, verve, and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world, renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz scene and an icon of cool. But, by the 1960s, he was all but washed up, his career and personal life in shambles.
Director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker’s life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician attempts to stage a hard-fought comeback, spurred in part by a passionate romance with a new flame. Driven by Hawke’s virtuoso performance, the film unfolds with all the stylistic brio and improvisatory genius of great jazz.