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A Great Day in Harlem / The Spitball Story

1998 Rated NR 1hr 1m

Director Jean Bach constructed a remarkable documentary around a renowned 1958 photograph. Taken for Esquire magazine, the photo looked like a class picture featuring 57 jazz legends who have never been together: Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and scads of others. Through interviews and archival footage, Bach recreates the day the photo was snapped and reveals many of the stories it tells.

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Movie Details

1995 Academy Award®
  • Best Documentary Feature nominee
Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Bonus material
Screen formats

Full Screen 1.33:1



Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Other features

Color; interactive menus; scene access; Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access.