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Miles Ahead (2015)

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An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.



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2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Miles Davis
... Dave Braden
... Frances Taylor
... Junior (as Lakeith Lee Stanfield)
... Walter
... Harper
... Janice (as Christina Karis)
Brent Vimtrup ... Dieter
Michael Bath ... Bartender
Reginald Willis ... Manager
Montez Jenkins ... Busboy
... Erica
... Justin
Nina Smilow ... Tami
Chris Grays ... Buddy


An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.

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fight | party | key | sunglasses | recluse | See All (55) »


A film as daring as the man. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language throughout, drug use, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 April 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kill the Trumpet Player  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,530, 3 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,610,719, 22 July 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Miles really called up Phil Schaap on the air and told him he talked too much. See more »


At one point during the nightclub scene, about 53 minutes in, the shot is flipped, and the bassist is suddenly left-handed. See more »


Doorman: Do you have a pass?
Miles Davis: [points to his face] Your Looking At It
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode dated 19 November 2014 (2014) See more »


Gone 2015
Produced by Don Cheadle and Robert Glasper
Written by Robert Glasper, Pharoahe Monch and Keyon Harrold
Published by Troy Jamerson Trescadecaphobia Music (BMI), I Am A Jazzy Guy (SESAC)/EMI FORAY MUSIC and Keykat Publishing Co (ASCAP)/Royalty Network
Performed by
Pharoahe Monch - Vocals
Keyon Harrold - Trumpet
Robert Glasper - Keys
Burniss Earl Travis - Bass
Justin Tyson - Drums
Mike Marino - Guitar
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Music great, disappointing film.
28 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

This film had wonderful music, but I thought it incoherent and self-indulgent. If someone who doesn't know a lot about jazz, and thinks this film would be a good place to start, they will probably be put off, and worse, will deduce that many jazz musicians are druggies and nasty people.

It isn't a biopic. It is a sketch of a very small part of Miles' life. Even though I know he was a difficult person, this film emphasized the negatives in his personality rather than the positives.

It is a wasted opportunity to make a memorable film about this great musician.

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