Jack Baker (Jeff Bridges) and Frank Baker (Beau Bridges) are brothers, living in Seattle, making a meagre living playing in seedy lounges and piano bars. In despair, they hold auditions for a female singer to join the outfit, ending up with the beautiful but hard-nosed Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer), a former escort with unusual charisma. The new act, with Susie headlining, becomes unexpectedly successful and leads to bigger gigs and better money, but the sexual tension between Susie and Jack reaches boiling point at a New Year’s Eve show, and in the absence of dutiful husband and father Frank, they give in to their urges. However, Jack’s inability to express his feelings leads their relationship to disintegrate, at the same time as Frank and Jack’s brotherly feud escalates. The act eventually breaks up, and Susie moves on to pastures new, while the brothers reconcile.
Stephen Keith “Steve” Kloves (born March 18, 1960) is an American screenwriter mainly renowned for his adaptations of novels, especially for the Harry Potter film series and for Wonder Boys. He has also directed two motion pictures.
Kloves, born in Austin, Texas, grew up in Sunnyvale, California where he graduated from Fremont High School. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles but dropped out after reducing his schedule to only a few courses in his second year. As an unpaid intern for a Hollywood agent, he gained attention for a screenplay he wrote called Swings. This led to a meeting where he successfully pitched Racing with the Moon (1984).
His first experience with professional screenwriting left him wanting more interaction with the actors so that the characters would stay true to his vision. Kloves wrote The Fabulous Baker Boys and also intended it to be his directorial debut. After years of trying to sell the project in Hollywood, the film finally… read more