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Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser ()


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A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Monk. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius.

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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Cleveland ...
Himself (trombonist, Thelonious Monk Octet)
Harry Colomby ...
Himself (personal manager)
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Himself
Ray Copeland ...
Himself (Thelonious Monk Octet: trumpet) (archiveFootage)
Nica De Koenigswarter ...
Herself
Tommy Flanagan ...
Himself (duo, piano performance)
Larry Gales ...
Himself (Thelonius Monk Quartet / Thelonious Monk Octet, bass player)
Johnny Griffin ...
Himself (Thelonious Monk Octet, tenor sax)
Barry Harris ...
Himself (duo, piano performance)
Bob Jones ...
Himself (road manager)
Teo Macero ...
Himself (Columbia Records producer)
Thelonious Monk Jr. ...
Himself
Nellie Monk ...
Herself
Thelonious Monk ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Frank Paccione ...
Himself-Vocalist (singingVoice)
Ben Riley ...
Himself (Thelonious Monk Quartet / Thelonious Monk Octet, drummer)
Charlie Rouse ...
Himself (Thelonious Monk Quartet: saxophone, Thelonious Monk Octet: tenor saxophone) (archiveFootage)
Phil Woods ...
Himself (Thelonious Monk Octet, alto sax)
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Narrator (voice)

Directed by

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Charlotte Zwerin

Produced by

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Clint Eastwood ... executive producer
Bruce Ricker ... producer
Charlotte Zwerin ... producer

Music by

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Dick Hyman

Cinematography by

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Christian Blackwood

Editorial Department

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Bernadine Colish ... assistant editor
Noëlle Penraat ... negative matcher
Dave Pultz ... color timer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Alexandra Baltarzuk ... additional sound
Tom Fleischman ... re-recording mixer
Petur Hliddal ... additional sound
Mike Karas ... additional sound
Peter Miller ... additional sound
Roger Phenix ... sound: additional film crew Flanagan/Harris piano duo
Nina Schulman ... sound editor
Rudy Van Gelder ... sound: additional film crew Flanagan/Harris piano duo

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Irwin Young ... opticals

Camera and Electrical Department

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Larry Banks ... chief lighting technician: additional film crew Flanagan/Harris piano duo
Joan Churchill ... additional photographer
Meredith Collins ... still photographer
Nica De Koenigswarter ... still photographer
Bob Fiore ... camera operator: additional film crew Flanagan/Harris piano duo
William Gottlieb ... still photographer
Mike Karas ... electrician: additional film crew Flanagan/Harris piano duo
Herman Leonard ... still photographer
Stuart Math ... additional photographer
Bob Parent ... still photographer
Francis Paudras ... still photographer
Chris Rosen ... key grip: additional film crew Flanagan/Harris piano duo
Don Schlitten ... still photographer

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Ruth Bird ... production assistant
Kent Blocher ... production assistant
Doreen Elliott ... transcriptor: interviews
Kate Hirson ... production assistant
Peter Keepnews ... production assistant
Jay Keuper ... production assistant
Michael Maurer ... production controller
Lynn Piasecki ... production assistant
Jason Ricker ... production assistant
Anthony Sclafani ... production accountant
David Valdes ... production executive
Richard Woodward ... production assistant

Thanks

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Pamela Bendich ... thanks
R. Frankliln Brown ... thanks
David Chertok ... additional thanks
Harry Colomby ... thanks
Stanley Crouch ... additional thanks
Michèle Darmon ... additional thanks
Berit De Koenigswarter ... additional thanks
Lynn Emmolo ... additional thanks
Elliott Erwitt ... additional thanks
Lynda Hansen ... additional thanks
Ralph Kaffel ... additional thanks
Kiyoshi Kodama ... additional thanks
Susan Lacy ... additional thanks
Bruce Lundvall ... additional thanks
Thelonious Monk Jr. ... special thanks
Thomas Monk Jr. ... special thanks
Thomas Monk Sr. ... special thanks
Barbara Monk ... special thanks (as Barbara 'Boo Boo' Monk)
Nellie Monk ... special thanks (as Mrs. Thelonious 'Nellie' Monk)
Dan Morgenstern ... additional thanks (as Dan)
Francis Paudras ... additional thanks
Michael Phillips ... additional thanks
Debbie Reinberg ... additional thanks
Kirk Roberts ... additional thanks
Charlie Rouse ... additional thanks
Daihei Shiohama ... additional thanks
Don Sickler ... additional thanks
Tim Timpanaro ... additional thanks
Alonzo White ... special thanks
Marion Monk White ... special thanks
Melvin Zalel ... additional thanks

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Also Known As
  • Straight, No Chaser (United States)
  • Телониус Монк: Прямо и честно (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Thelonious Monk - Eine Jazzlegende (West Germany)
  • A Revolução do Jazz (Brazil)
  • A Vida e a Música de Thelonious Monk (Brazil)
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  • 90 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia One of three 1988 Clint Eastwood movies. along with Bird (1988) and The Dead Pool (1988) See more »
Movie Connections Featured in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation/Roger & Me/Triumph of the Spirit/Mystery Train/Thelonius Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Evidence See more »
Quotes Thelonious Monk: [scribbles something on a piece of paper] Can you read that?
Nica De Koenigswarter: A beautiful message.
Thelonious Monk: If somebody can decipher that for you, you know, and say what it means, get what it means, it'll upset you. You'll flip, I mean flip for real!
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