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All Night Long (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 April 1963 (USA)
This movie, based on William Shakespeare's Othello, is neatly positioned as a vehicle to showcase some of the best jazz musicians of the period, including Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Nel King (original screenplay), Paul Jarrico (original screenplay) (as Peter Achilles)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick McGoohan ... Johnny Cousin
Keith Michell ... Cass Michaels
Betsy Blair ... Emily
Paul Harris ... Aurelius Rex
Marti Stevens Marti Stevens ... Delia Lane
Richard Attenborough ... Rod Hamilton
Bernard Braden Bernard Braden ... Lou Berger
Harry Towb ... Phales
María Velasco María Velasco ... Benny
Dave Brubeck ... Himself - Piano
John Dankworth John Dankworth ... Himself - Alto Sax (as Johnny Dankworth)
Charles Mingus Charles Mingus ... Himself - Bass
Bert Courtley Bert Courtley ... Himself - Trumpet
Keith Christie Keith Christie ... Himself - Trombone
Ray Dempsey Ray Dempsey ... Himself - Guitar
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This movie, based on William Shakespeare's Othello, is neatly positioned as a vehicle to showcase some of the best jazz musicians of the period, including Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ao longo da noite See more »

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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Patrick McGoohan learned to play the drums for this movie. See more »

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When Patrick McGoohan's character is playing a drum solo about halfway through the film, the drum kit used is different in the medium shots and POV shots, suggesting that the latter were likely shot at a later time with a different drummer. See more »

Quotes

Johnnie Cousin: Be seeing you - As immortalised in The Prisoner
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Connections

Version of Othello (1969) See more »

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Noodlin'
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Some terrific music and visuals and some clunky plot twists
21 June 2015 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

All Night Long (1962)

If you love jazz, you might want to check out this low budget, offbeat film about the fringes of the jazz scene as the Bob era was devolving into smaller commercial and (frankly) white audiences. It's set in Mod England, but the idea is quite American—the music, above all, but also the script and production.

If you liked the television series "The Prisoner" you might also like checking out that show's star, Patrick McGoohan, who stars here. And then, if you appreciate very loose adaptations of Shakespeare (like the nearly concurrent "West Side Story") you might see the strains of Othello at work here.

I liked it, but I know that it's largely just a curiosity, as a movie. Well, it's been deemed an "important" film by Criterion, which has released one of their spiffy (gorgeous) versions on DVD, and I think that's accurate, even if the dramatics (and a couple of plot tricks using a tape recorder) are sometimes strained. The whole enterprise feels like an art film, with a weird layer of pretension that I suppose comes from the Shakespearean overlay.

As for the jazz? Well, Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck should be enough for you. Great stuff that you just wish lasted longer. What else? There is a liberal acceptance of the mixing of cultures and races that's great (and you have to remember how weird this was in movies back then)—the two leads beyond McGoohan are a mixed-race couple. And then there is the set itself, a single spacious club with a stairway at one end, where the camera moves with crisp authority.

Like lots of director Basil Dearden's movies, this one is different and fascinating and not quite as brilliant or insightful as it needs to be. But yeah, watch it. It's a subculture classic, for sure. With great music.


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