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'Round Midnight (1986)

Round Midnight (original title)
R | | Drama, Music | 3 October 1986 (USA)
A troubled, but talented musician flees the US to escape his problems, finding refuge and support in Paris.

Director:

Bertrand Tavernier

Writers:

David Rayfiel (screenplay), Bertrand Tavernier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dexter Gordon ... Dale Turner
François Cluzet ... Francis Borler
Gabrielle Haker Gabrielle Haker ... Berangere
Sandra Reaves-Phillips ... Buttercup
Lonette McKee ... Darcey Leigh
Christine Pascal ... Sylvie
Herbie Hancock ... Eddie Wayne
Bobby Hutcherson Bobby Hutcherson ... Ace
Pierre Trabaud Pierre Trabaud ... Francis's Father
Frédérique Meininger ... Francis's Mother
Hart Leroy Bibbs Hart Leroy Bibbs ... Hershell
Liliane Rovère ... Madame Queen
Ged Marlon Ged Marlon ... Beau
Benoît Régent Benoît Régent ... Psychiatrist
Victoria Gabrielle Platt ... Chan Turner
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Storyline

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 Siddy DeRosser

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The music and the magic come together...

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Features Dexter Gordon's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Goofs

Although the movie takes place in 1959, in one scene near the end where Francis and Dale are walking along the East River in New York, one can clearly see the twin World Trade Center towers in the background. These towers were not completed until the '70's. See more »

Quotes

Dale: S.O.S. Same old shit.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1986 (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love Paris
Music by Cole Porter
Lyrics by Cole Porter
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The Best Ever Non-Documentary Jazz Film
20 June 2003 | by danncynSee all my reviews

A vivid portrait of a Bud Powell/Lester young type who, like the vast majority of American jazz artists, receives more appreciation and love for his art overseas than here in the U.S. even though this is where Jazz was born.

It saddens me every time I watch it because jazz is still so under-appreciated in this country. And we can largely thank commercial radio for that.


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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'Round Midnight See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,384, 5 October 1986

Gross USA:

$3,272,593

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,272,593
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Little Bear, PECF See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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