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
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 »
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 »
What a wonderful movie! A musical drama about two men from different worlds who share their love of jazz music, circa late 1950's. I would have to admit that the film slows down a bit so that the audience/viewer can get to know these two characters-the aging alcoholic saxophonist and his French confidant who idolizes him. The direction, the entire cast, and the Oscar-winning score are noteworthy!! (Make note of some of the dialogue in the film.) Overall, "Round Midnight" is a great film for jazz lovers, like myself, and anyone that loves a great story! Highly recommended!!
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