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All Night Long (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 April 1963 (USA)
This movie, based on William Shakespeare's Othello, is neatly positioned as a vehicle to showcase some of the best jazz musicians of the period, including Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Nel King (original screenplay), Paul Jarrico (original screenplay) (as Peter Achilles)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick McGoohan ... Johnny Cousin
Keith Michell ... Cass Michaels
Betsy Blair ... Emily
Paul Harris ... Aurelius Rex
Marti Stevens Marti Stevens ... Delia Lane
Richard Attenborough ... Rod Hamilton
Bernard Braden Bernard Braden ... Lou Berger
Harry Towb ... Phales
María Velasco María Velasco ... Benny
Dave Brubeck ... Himself - Piano
John Dankworth John Dankworth ... Himself - Alto Sax (as Johnny Dankworth)
Charles Mingus Charles Mingus ... Himself - Bass
Bert Courtley Bert Courtley ... Himself - Trumpet
Keith Christie Keith Christie ... Himself - Trombone
Ray Dempsey Ray Dempsey ... Himself - Guitar
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This movie, based on William Shakespeare's Othello, is neatly positioned as a vehicle to showcase some of the best jazz musicians of the period, including Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ao longo da noite See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Paul Jarrico was blacklisted during the McCarthy era, hence the use of the pseudonym Peter Achilles. See more »

Goofs

When Patrick McGoohan's character is playing a drum solo about halfway through the film, the drum kit used is different in the medium shots and POV shots, suggesting that the latter were likely shot at a later time with a different drummer. See more »

Quotes

Johnnie Cousin: Be seeing you - As immortalised in The Prisoner
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Version of Scope: The Moor's Pavane: A Measure of Emotion (1949) See more »

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Mood Indigo
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The jazz alone is worth the price of admission
12 September 2018 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

"All Night Long" takes "Othello" and transposes it to a jazz setting in contemporary London, or at least the London of the early sixties. It's a great idea, has a terrific cast and how could any jazz aficianado not like any movie that features this much jazz and a cast that includes Charlie Mingus, Johnny Dankworth and Dave Brubeck all playing themselves but there is a but... In place of Shakespeare we get jive and nothing dates as badly as the kind of hip dialogue that jazz musicians are reputed to have used back then. Cool just isn't cool anymore.

On the plus side, it's a Basil Dearden picture so as well as great jazz, and lots of it, we also get intelligence. Dearden knows the pedigree he has here and treats it with due respect and Patrick McGoohan is superb as the Iago figure. Others in the cast include Richard Attenborough, Betsy Blair, Keith Michell and in the Othello/Desdemona roles, Paul Harris and Marti Stevens. Unfortunately Harris and Stevens are the weakest things about the film; their lack of acting experience shows.

It is, however, a brilliant looking picture. Producer Michael Relph designed it along with Art Director Ray Sim and Edward Scaife supplied the superb black and white cinematography and, as I said, the jazz is terrific. However, it wasn't really successful and is among the least revived of all the Dearden/Relph movies but it's certainly worth seeking out and if you love jazz it is simply unmissable.


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