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'Round Midnight (1986)

R | | Drama, Music | 3 October 1986 (USA)
A troubled, but talented musician flees the US to escape his problems, finding refuge and support in Paris.

Director:

Bertrand Tavernier

Writers:

David Rayfiel (screenplay), Bertrand Tavernier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dexter Gordon ... Dale Turner
François Cluzet ... Francis Borler
Gabrielle Haker Gabrielle Haker ... Berangere
Sandra Reaves-Phillips ... Buttercup
Lonette McKee ... Darcey Leigh
Christine Pascal Christine Pascal ... Sylvie
Herbie Hancock ... Eddie Wayne
Bobby Hutcherson Bobby Hutcherson ... Ace
Pierre Trabaud Pierre Trabaud ... Francis's Father
Frédérique Meininger ... Francis's Mother
Hart Leroy Bibbs Hart Leroy Bibbs ... Hershell
Liliane Rovère ... Madame Queen
Ged Marlon Ged Marlon ... Beau
Benoît Régent Benoît Régent ... Psychiatrist
Victoria Gabrielle Platt ... Chan Turner
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Storyline

In 'Round Midnight, real-life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner, a musician slowly losing the battle with alcoholism, estranged from his family, and hanging on by a thread in the 1950's New York jazz world. Dale gets an offer to play in Paris, where, like many other black American musicians at the time, he enjoys a respect for his humanity that is not based upon the color of his skin. A Parisian man who is obsessed with Turner's music befriends him and attempts to save Turner from himself. Although for Dale the damage is already done, his poignant relationship with the man and his young daughter re-kindles his spirit and his music as the end draws near. Written by Siddy DeRosser

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The music and the magic come together...

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Round Midnight See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,384, 5 October 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,272,600
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Little Bear, PECF See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Features Dexter Gordon's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Goofs

In 1959 Rico reeds came in a tan box, but the box of Rico reeds that Dale has is the modern orange color. See more »

Quotes

Dale: Listen to that, Francis. The swing bands used to be all straight tonics seventh chords. And then, with the Basie band I heard Lester Young and he sounded like he came out of the blue. Because he was playing all the color tones the sixths and the ninths and major sevenths. You know, like Debussy and Ravel. Then Charlie Parker came on and he began to expand and he went into elevenths and thirteenths and flat fives. Luckily, I was going in the same direction already. You just don't go out and pick...
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What Is This Thing Called Love?
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Bobby McFerrin
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The Best Ever Non-Documentary Jazz Film
20 June 2003 | by danncynSee all my reviews

A vivid portrait of a Bud Powell/Lester young type who, like the vast majority of American jazz artists, receives more appreciation and love for his art overseas than here in the U.S. even though this is where Jazz was born.

It saddens me every time I watch it because jazz is still so under-appreciated in this country. And we can largely thank commercial radio for that.


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