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'Round Midnight (1986)

 -  Drama | Music  -  3 October 1986 (USA)
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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 ... 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 real-life person Francis Paudras who died in 1997. The character of Dale Turner played by actual jazz musician Dexter Gordon is based on 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 movie takes place in 1959, in one scene near the end where Francis and Dale are walking along the East River in New York, one can clearly see the twin World Trade Center towers in the background. These towers were not completed until the '70's. See more »

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[Drunken man downs liquor and passes out flat on his back]
Dale: S'il vous plait, I would like to have the same thing he had.
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A film that captures the soul of jazz
22 February 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

The one thing I remember about this film is Dexter Gordon's voice. Weary, sad, and wry. It's a voice that has played a lot of sad songs and smoked a lot of cigarettes, and it's a beautiful instrument in its own way. Gordon plays Dale Turner, an expatriate jazz musician in Paris and a recovering heroin addict. This film is the story of his time in Paris and his eventual return to New York City. This film slightly parallels Gordon's own life - he too was a former heroin addict who spent much of his career in Paris, eventually returning home to New York City. A very touching and lovely ode to the beauty of jazz music, and a film that gave Dexter Gordon a deserved career comeback late in his life. Not to be missed.


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