MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 47,723 this week

Ornette: Made in America (1985)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 77 users   Metascore: 82/100
Reviews: 1 user | 16 critic | 7 from Metacritic.com

Add a Plot

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Related News

Ornette: Made in America | Blu-ray Review
| ioncinema

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 74 titles
created 25 Apr 2011
 
a list of 150 titles
created 05 Feb 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 11 Sep 2012
 
a list of 320 titles
created 02 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 30 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ornette: Made in America (1985)

Ornette: Made in America (1985) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ornette: Made in America.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Desert (2013)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The failed story of a love triangle in a post-apocalyptic world.

Director: Christoph Behl
Stars: Victoria Almeida, Lautaro Delgado, Lucas Lagré
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Germantown and Martin Luther King High Schools were bitter rivals for over 40 years. This past year, a budget crisis caused Philadelphia to lay off over 4000 employees and close two dozen ... See full summary »

Director: Judd Ehrlich
Stars: Ed Dunn, Dontae Angus, Robert Coleman
I Am Yours (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Mina is a young single mother living in Oslo with her 6 year old son Felix. She is an Norwegian Pakistani with a troublesome relationship with her family. Mina is constantly looking for ... See full summary »

Director: Iram Haq
Stars: Amrita Acharia, Ola Rapace, Prince Singh
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Three cowboys, mistaken for members of an outlaw gang, are relentlessly pursued by a posse.

Director: Monte Hellman
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Cameron Mitchell, Millie Perkins
Drum (1976)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A mid-19th century mulatto slave is torn between his success as a pit-fighter and the injustices of white society. In HD.

Directors: Steve Carver, Burt Kennedy
Stars: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Ken Norton
Fray (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Just back from combat, a young Marine veteran faces a new battle to find purpose in the mundane existence of civilian life while struggling through a shattered economy while burdened by the physical and emotional scars of war.

Director: Geoff Ryan
Stars: Bryan Kaplan, Marisa Costa, Catherine Johnson
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In "Lady Valor", former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman. In 2011, after 20 years of service ... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Herzog, Sandrine Orabona
Stars: Kristin Beck
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Interview with Jason Holliday aka Aaron Payne, house boy, would be cabaret performer, and self proclaimed hustler giving one man's gin-soaked pill-popped, view of what it was like to be ... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Clarke
Stars: Jason Holliday, Shirley Clarke, Carl Lee
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A look at the formation of the career of Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.

Director: Bahman Maghsoudlou
Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Abbas Kiarostami, Andrew Sarris
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The acclaimed poet is examined in this film completed just prior to his death at age 88, with his speaking engagements at Amherst and Sarah Lawrence Colleges intercut with studies of his ... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Clarke
Stars: Robert Frost, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Shirley Clarke
The Compleat Al (Video 1985)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Fact and fiction are mingled in this mockumentary about the career of music parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic. In retelling his life story, the film includes several of his music videos, ... See full summary »

Directors: Jay Levey, Robert K. Weiss
Stars: 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Wally Burns, Billy Selby
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Ornette Coleman ...
Himself
Demon Marshall ...
Young Ornette
Eugene Tatum ...
Young Ornette
...
Himself
Don Cherry ...
Himself
Denardo Coleman ...
Himself
Jayne Cortez ...
Herself
Brion Gysin ...
Himself
Charlie Haden ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Bolen ...
Himself (as Mayor Bob Bolen)
Bern Nix ...
Himself
Dewey Redman ...
Himself
Jamaaladeen Tacuma ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

Unrated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

21 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ornette - Zrobione w Ameryce  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Revealing portrait of the controversial jazz player
23 January 2005 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

40 years on, the jury is still out on Ornette Coleman. His "harmolodic" theory was/is one of the foundations of the free jazz movement. His original quartet (with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins) was the scourge of the jazz world in the late 1950's... and even today the revolutionary sax player is still a hot topic for debate.

I am not schooled enough in music theory to properly explain free jazz to those who may not know the term, but the best attempt I can say is that free jazz players ignore melody and seem to play in one long line of sound, rather than playing off of each other. (Hope that makes sense...)

Anyhow, there haven't been many films made on free jazz, but of the few I've seen, Shirley Clarke's documentary on Coleman is by far the most thorough in terms of explaining the revolutionary sense of the music. Although I like free jazz, I prefer Cecil Taylor, Art Ensemble of Chicago or Pharoah Sanders to Coleman. He was instrumental in giving voice to this strain of music, but still I think his sound is one of the least interesting of the movement. But that's just my subjective response to the man. The beauty of ORNETTE: MADE IN America is that it doesn't try to change one's mind about him. It is however a fascinating study of a figure who really sacrificed a lot for his unique voice.

The film opens in the present tense with his band Prime Time (which adapted his theories to jazz fusion)- and it is ironically amusing seeing him play before a black-tie crowd in his native Texas. Yes, Coleman has come home again.... and to open arms, however this warm greeting was hard won. In Coleman's own words, the sudden appreciation of his work is this: "I guess if you live long enough, you get to be an elder statesman."

It is enough to see Coleman practice his music in one of the most unholy places in Urbana (an abandoned building often populated by addicts and knife-wielding crazies)- fittingly working on outlaw music among other societal outcasts. However, this film pushes Ornette's legacy even further-- he often comes across as some kind of pop icon or superhero (as best exemplified by the cartoonish image of his likeness flying across a starry backdrop)- while he may be more mainstream than ever, this silly bit pushes it a little too far.

Sadly, ORNETTE MADE IN America is not widely available. My one and only screening of this in 2001 at Toronto's Cinematheque was made available by a film print which came and went under the arm of someone from New York the same day. It is a revealing, complex and somewhat moving portrait of a person who stands by his art regardless of its interpretation.


3 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Ornette: Made in America (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?