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Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)

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

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Charlotte Zwerin
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jimmy Cleveland Jimmy Cleveland ... Himself (trombonist, Thelonious Monk Octet)
Harry Colomby Harry Colomby ... Himself (personal manager)
John Coltrane ... Himself
Ray Copeland Ray Copeland ... Himself (Thelonious Monk Octet: trumpet) (archive footage)
Nica De Koenigswarter Nica De Koenigswarter ... Herself
Tommy Flanagan Tommy Flanagan ... Himself (duo, piano performance)
Larry Gales Larry Gales ... Himself (Thelonius Monk Quartet / Thelonious Monk Octet, bass player)
Johnny Griffin Johnny Griffin ... Himself (Thelonious Monk Octet, tenor sax)
Barry Harris Barry Harris ... Himself (duo, piano performance)
Bob Jones ... Himself (road manager)
Teo Macero Teo Macero ... Himself (Columbia Records producer)
Thelonious Monk Jr. Thelonious Monk Jr. ... Himself
Nellie Monk Nellie Monk ... Herself
Thelonious Monk ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Paccione Frank Paccione ... Himself-Vocalist (singing voice)
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A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Sphere Monk. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius.

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Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Straight, No Chaser See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,842, 9 October 1989

Gross USA:

$518,918

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$518,918
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of three 1988 Clint Eastwood movies, along with Bird (1988) and The Dead Pool (1988). 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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Connections

Referenced in The Usual Suspects (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

'Round Midnight
Written and performed by Thelonious Monk
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Special Markets Division
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One of the Best Documentarys Ever
16 July 2002 | by CactusJohnSee all my reviews

Clint Eastwood really did well with this film. It portrays the great and legendary playing and composing of Thelonious Monk and also his hard time during his life. One of the best films on Jazz to date. I suggest music lovers of all kind to watch this movie.


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