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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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Credited cast:
Jimmy Cleveland Jimmy Cleveland ... Self (trombonist, Thelonious Monk Octet)
Harry Colomby Harry Colomby ... Self (personal manager)
John Coltrane ... Self
Ray Copeland Ray Copeland ... Self (Thelonious Monk Octet: trumpet) (archive footage)
Nica De Koenigswarter Nica De Koenigswarter ... Self
Tommy Flanagan Tommy Flanagan ... Self (duo, piano performance)
Larry Gales Larry Gales ... Self (Thelonius Monk Quartet / Thelonious Monk Octet, bass player)
Johnny Griffin ... Self (Thelonious Monk Octet, tenor sax)
Barry Harris Barry Harris ... Self (duo, piano performance)
Bob Jones ... Self (road manager)
Teo Macero Teo Macero ... Self (Columbia Records producer)
Thelonious Monk Jr. Thelonious Monk Jr. ... Self
Nellie Monk Nellie Monk ... Self
Thelonious Monk ... Self (archive footage)
Frank Paccione Frank Paccione ... Self -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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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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Soundtracks

Just a Gigolo
(Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo)
Music by Leonello Casucci
German lyrics by Julius Brammer
English lyrics by Irving Caesar
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THE BEST MOVIE OF THE JAZZ GENIUS
20 December 2004 | by srfotogSee all my reviews

Thelonious Monk is the most important musician ever produced by this country. He is the greatest composer and the most influential musician of the jazz era. This movie is so incredible because I had not been lucky enough to have seen him before he died, and when I saw the movie I was moved to tears. No one in the movie actually admits he was schizophrenic, but it seems pretty obvious and to me, makes him even more of a genius--that he could write and perform despite his disability. It shows the deep devotion of his wife Nellie, and others who helped him, and finally, how he sank into his illness before he died. Thank you so much, Charlotte Zwerin, for making this paean to Monk. When people are still listening to him hundreds of years from now, they can see him in your wonderful movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1989 (USA) 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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