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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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  (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)
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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
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:
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Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Hershell:You know who's going to be waiting for you at the airfield in Paris, don't you?... You.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Swamp Water (1941)See more »
Now's The TimeSee more »


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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful video memory of a great man of jazz, 23 February 2003
Author: anonanon from USA

I never write or read these comments because I don't care much what others think of a movie and I sure as heck can't stand reading a pointless review by someone pretending to be the NY Times movie critic using words like "iconoclastic" and otherwise taxing their thesaurus. But being a musician and avid fan myself, I felt I owed this to Dexter Gordon, an excellent musician whose work (I would have said "oeuvre" if I was pretentious, but I say what I mean and I don't need to impress you to make me feel better) was nothing short of legendary. Yes, Dexter Gordon is not an actor, but he did a good job and apparently the folks who hand out the Oscars thought the same, not that I would necessarily use them as a barometer, mind you, but they do pick more winners than losers. Although Dexter did spend about 15 years on/off in Paris, this story is NOT autobiographical, but the storyline of dealing with addictions, mental pain and physical suffering while honing a great talent can be applied to the lives of many jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Lester Young & Bud Powell just to name a few. It's a "dark" movie indeed, but the life of a musician can be very dark. This movie shows how 2 people can work together to overcome their fears, regrets and troubles, and how they interact with the various people and situations in their lives, a true character study revolving around music. The movie is actually more about Francois' character than Dexter's as it's seen from his point of view. It's about the frailty of the human soul and it's about compassion for supreme artistry. Most importantly, regardless of your impression of the movie, you get to see some real legends perform some wonderful jazz. Yes, Dexter Gordon was certainly beyond his prime and you will hear a few clunkers and pitch variance, but you will appreciate his talent nonetheless if you understand or enjoy jazz music at all. If you want to hear him really shine, go listen to his music from the late 40's & also the 60's during his first comeback; Dexter had 3 great comebacks --- and they say Sinatra was a genius at reinvention. That will give you a true sampling of his talent before he got old and started losing his wind. Even though he didn't play to perfection, he still played damn well in this movie and you can hear the experience in his phrasing and choice of notes --- for instance, at the very end of "Body & Soul", where he formerly played a very long ending like a virtuoso in an earlier recording (something you probably expect from someone like Kenny G, who plays about 40 notes where only 10 fit comfortably), Dexter now plays a single, beautifully-placed note. That one single note blew me away! You have to understand and appreciate the fact that most players (and most people) say way too much with their music or words when a carefully placed note or word can say volumes with its understatement, like a single picture with no caption. To play that one note in that one spot was pure genius. Bob James has been known to do the same --- less is more sometimes. Francois Cluzet does a heckuva job as protector and friend and the cameo by Martin Scorsese is priceless. The ending always leaves me wanting more and that's the mark of an excellent movie --- one so good you don't want it to end; you want to be within the movie yourself and you feel you're a part of it. The only reason I gave this a 9 instead of 10 was because it's not a great classic movie like Casablanca or The Godfather, but it touched me as much or more than those movies ever had. But this wasn't meant to be a piece of cinematic history and achievement, it is what it is, a period film about life of a jazz legend and in that respect it does everything possible and them some. This movie deserves your respect, your time and your admiration of a great jazz saxophonist, Dexter Gordon, and kudos to all the musicians involved, especially Herbie Hancock. Actress Lonette McKee does an excellent job on the vocals as well. It also gives you a good feel of a real urban jazz club in the early 60's and how life was for these jazz legends. If you get hooked on this stuff you'll never listen to anything else as it will never measure up, but jazz is very cerebral and it takes someone with a passion for aesthetics to appreciate it. Chess is great too, but you don't see many kids playing Chessmaster on their computers. This movie is an acquired taste and an excellent one at that. Thanks for the memories, Dexter.

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