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'Round Midnight -- Inspired by the life of legendary jazz pianist Bud Powell, a story of an American expatriate musician who tries to make order of his life during the great jazz millieu of 1950s Paris.


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David Rayfiel (screenplay) and
Bertrand Tavernier (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
3 October 1986 (USA) See more »
The music and the magic come together...
In 'Round Midnight, real-life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 12 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Nice Story Even For Non-Jazz Fans See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order)
Dexter Gordon ... Dale Turner

François Cluzet ... Francis Borler
Gabrielle Haker ... Berangere
Sandra Reaves-Phillips ... Buttercup

Lonette McKee ... Darcey Leigh
Christine Pascal ... Sylvie

Herbie Hancock ... Eddie Wayne
Bobby Hutcherson ... Ace
Pierre Trabaud ... Francis's Father

Frédérique Meininger ... Francis's Mother
Hart Leroy Bibbs ... Hershell
Liliane Rovère ... Madame Queen
Ged Marlon ... Beau
Benoît Régent ... Psychiatrist

Victoria Gabrielle Platt ... Chan Turner
Arthur French ... Booker
John Berry ... Ben

Martin Scorsese ... Goodley

Philippe Noiret ... Redon
Alain Sarde ... Terzian

Eddy Mitchell ... L'ivrogne au bar du Blue Note
Billy Higgins ... Drums (Blue Note, Davout Studio)
Eric Lelann ... Trumpet (Blue Note)
John McLaughlin ... Guitar (Blue Note)
Pierre Michelot ... Bass (Blue Note)

Wayne Shorter ... Tenor Saxophone (Blue Note), Soprano Saxophone (Davout Studio, Lyon)
Ron Carter ... Bass (Davout Studio, New York)
Palle Mikkelborg ... Trumpet (Davout Studio)
Mads Vinding ... Bass (Davout Studio, Lyon)
Cheikh Fall ... Percussion (Lyon)
Michel Pérez ... Guitar (Lyon)
Tony Williams ... Drums (Lyon, New York)
Freddie Hubbard ... Trumpet (New York)
Cedar Walton ... Piano (New York)
Charles Belonzi
Arno Chevrier
Marpessa Djian
Guy Louret
Patrick Massieu
Philippe Moreau
Jacques Poitrenaud
Luc Sarot
Jimmy Slyde
Pascal Tedes
Pascale Vignal
Noël Simsolo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martine Guillaud
Jacky Terrasson ... Extra
Marcel Zanini
Marc-Édouard Nabe ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Bertrand Tavernier 
Writing credits
David Rayfiel (screenplay) and
Bertrand Tavernier (screenplay)

Colo Tavernier (French translation)

Produced by
Irwin Winkler .... producer
Original Music by
Herbie Hancock 
Cinematography by
Bruno de Keyzer 
Film Editing by
Armand Psenny 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson  (as Amanda Mackey)
Production Design by
Alexandre Trauner 
Art Direction by
Pierre Duquesne 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Moreau 
Makeup Department
Alain Bernard .... hair stylist
Paul Le Marinel .... makeup artist (as Paul Lemarinel)
Production Management
Monty Diamond .... production manager: New York
Karl Lefay .... assistant unit manager
Albert Prévost .... unit manager (as Albert Prevost)
Philippe Saint-Blancat .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frédéric Bourboulon .... first assistant director (as Frederic Bourboulon)
Véronique Bourboulon .... second assistant director (as Veronique Bourboulon)
Paula Brody .... second assistant director: New York
Philippe Bérenger .... second assistant director (as Philippe Berenger)
Mel Howard .... first assistant director: New York
Art Department
René Albouze .... property master (as Rene Albouze)
Renaud Barbier .... assistant property master
Georges Bouillette .... construction coordinator
Joshua Harrison .... art director: New York (as Josh Harrison)
Didier Naert .... assistant art director
Jean-Pierre Nossereau .... property buyer
Philippe Turlure .... set designer
Sound Department
Jean-Michel Chauvet .... boom operator
Sophie Cornu .... sound editor
Michel Desrois .... sound
Jean Duguet .... sound effects
Marielle Fernandez .... apprentice sound editor
William Flageollet .... sound
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... sound effects
Bernard Leroux .... sound re-recordist
Mario Melchiorri .... sound effects
Minh-Tam Nguyen .... apprentice sound editor (as Minh Tam Nguyen)
Sylvie Pontoizeau .... dialogue editor
Claude Villand .... sound re-recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Yves Angelo .... second camera operator
Gérard Bougeant .... grip (as Gerard Bougeant)
Myra-Lee Cohen .... second assistant camera: New York
Stefan Czapsky .... gaffer: New York (as Stephan Czapsky)
Laurent Fleutot .... second assistant camera
Charlie Freess .... key grip (as Charles Freess)
Jean-Yves Freess .... grip
William Gally .... electrician
Etienne George .... still photographer
Denis Hann .... key grip: New York
Martin Jezequel .... electrician
Michel LeFrançois .... gaffer (as Michel Lefrançois)
Francis Pierson .... electrician (as Francis Pirson)
Dominique Pinto .... first assistant camera
Larry Steinberg .... grip: New York
Jacques Stricanne .... grip
Michel Védié .... electrician
Adam Winkler .... additional still photographer
James Donahue .... electrician: New York (uncredited)
Allen Stillman .... generator operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Monique Dury .... wardrobe assistant
William Loger .... wardrobe consultant: New York (as Billy Lodger)
Music Department
William Flageollet .... music recordist
Dexter Gordon .... associate music consultant
Herbie Hancock .... conductor
Herbie Hancock .... music arranger
Tony Meilandt .... music coordinator
Henri Renaud .... music consultant
Other crew
Jane Bartelme .... production office coordinator: New York
Claudine Bonnet .... accountant
Philippe Brun .... operator
Nicole Cavillon .... assistant accountant
Aline Corneille .... production secretary
Janet Crosby .... assistant to producers
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... location manager: New York (as Lydia Pilcher)
Catherine Guillot .... production assistant
Mathieu Howlett .... production assistant
Valerie Johnson .... assistant to producers
Michel Kostromine .... production assistant
Gary Marcus .... set coordinator: New York
Eddy Moine .... production assistant
Diane Schneier .... assistant: Amanda Mackey
Claudine Taulère .... continuity (as Claudine Taulere)
Thierry Verrier .... production assistant
Andrew D. Cooke .... location scout (uncredited)
Michael Cuscuna .... special thanks
Alain Leroux .... special thanks (as Doctor Alain Leroux)
Bruce Lundvall .... special thanks
Bud Powell .... dedicatee
Lester Young .... dedicatee
Crew verified as complete

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133 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

All the music is performed live, on the set. There are two soundtrack albums: one from Columbia and another "The Other Side of 'Round Midnight" under Dexter Gordon's name on the Blue Note label.See more »
Anachronisms: In 1959 Rico reeds came in a tan box, but the box of Rico reeds that Dale has is the modern orange color.See more »
Dale:You know, Lady Francis, there's not enough kindness in the world.See more »
Movie Connections:
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28 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Nice Story Even For Non-Jazz Fans, 16 December 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This is jazz-fan's delight: tons of jazz, featuring tenor saxophone with some bebop thrown in. Most of the music is nice mellow stuff and interesting to hear, even to a non-jazz buff like me.

The music and interesting story made me purchase the DVD, which I have subsequently watched three or four times and always enjoyed. The story is pretty laid-back, a simple tale of an American alcoholic sax great playing in France who reforms because of a French fan who cares about him.

Dexter Gordon's unique voice makes helps him become an interesting character to hear and the real-life jazz great proves to be a decent actor, too. Francois Cluzet plays the admirer who goes out of his way to help his idol. Gabrielle Haker is pleasant to watch as Cluzet's young daughter. She always seems to have a beautiful smile on her face.

I don't why this film was rated "R" because there is no sex, no nudity, little profanity except for a couple of "f-words," which must be the reason for the rating. Nevertheless, it's a pretty tame movie.

I found it a different and nice, gentle story.

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