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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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Gabrielle Haker ...
Berangere
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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 music and the magic come together...

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$25,384 (USA) (5 October 1986)

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$3,272,600 (USA)
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Trivia

Dexter Gordon became the first Jazz Musician to earn a Best Actor Academy Award Nomination for this film. See more »

Goofs

In the closing credits, the character "Ace", who's always cooking his Louisiana cuisine, is listed as Bobby Hutcherson. In fact, Ace is played by Billy Higgins, who was the drummer at the Blue Note. See more »

Quotes

Dale: Hey, Lady Francis!
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Connections

Featured in The 59th Annual Academy Awards (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Society Red
Written by Dexter Gordon
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Appreciation for a true American art form!
15 March 1999 | by (Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA) – See all my reviews

Herbie Hancock's Oscar winning score is the marvel that proves that the Academy screens even the smallest films for consideration. Dexter Gordon is brilliant in an Oscar nominated performance as an improvising and misunderstood jazz genius whose speciality is the tenor-sax.

The film is set in 1950's Paris and Gordon is supported in his art by a loyal Frenchman who is his biggest fan. The way the film moves in pace is equivalent to listening to a warm and richly textured jazz score with medium movement. In fact, turning down the volume and watching it with sub titles suitable to your language while listening to that type of jazz score through headphones is a great way to enjoy it. Better yet, do it with the film's authentic score. It cooks!


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