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'Round Midnight (1986)

R | | Drama, Music | 3 October 1986 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Dexter Gordon ...
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Gabrielle Haker ...
Berangere
Sandra Reaves-Phillips ...
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Darcey Leigh
Christine Pascal ...
Sylvie
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Bobby Hutcherson ...
Ace
Pierre Trabaud ...
Francis's Father
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Francis's Mother
Hart Leroy Bibbs ...
Liliane Rovère ...
Madame Queen
Ged Marlon ...
Beau
Benoît Régent ...
Psychiatrist
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Chan Turner
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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 character of Francis Borler is based on Francis Paudras, who died in 1997. The character of Dale Turner is a combination of real-life jazzmen Bud Powell and Lester Young. The real-life friendship between Paudras and Bud Powell has been the subject of several books. See more »

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Although the film takes place in the 50s, one shot of New York near the end shows several mid 1980s Chevrolet Caprice Taxis, along with some cars from the late 1960s and 1970s. See more »

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Dale: They're always paying all the wrong people in this world.
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References Swamp Water (1941) See more »

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Chan's Song
("Never Said")
Written by Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder
Performed by Bobby McFerrin
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Great Movie with Great Jazz
15 April 2000 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Dexter Gordon plays Dale Turner, an aging tenor sax player at the end of his days. Beaten but unbowed by years of drug and alcohol abuse Turner arrives in Paris (1959) for a gig at a small, smoky, jazz club. Acknowledged as one of the greats he is joined by other stellar musicians as he quietly struggles to quell his demons and make great music. For a while, at least, he succeeds at both. Gently constructed without much plot this movie is a treat for all, and a grand slam home run for jazz fans.


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