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Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 14 April 2017 (USA)
An exploration of the global power and impact of the music of John Coltrane where the passions, experiences and forces that shaped his life and revolutionary sounds are revealed.

Director:

John Scheinfeld

Writer:

John Scheinfeld
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... John Coltrane (voice)
Reggie Workman Reggie Workman ... Himself
Ravi Coltrane Ravi Coltrane ... Himself
Ashley Kahn Ashley Kahn ... Himself
Sonny Rollins ... Himself
Antonia Andrews Antonia Andrews ... Herself
Jimmy Heath Jimmy Heath ... Himself
Benny Golson Benny Golson ... Himself
Lewis Porter Lewis Porter ... Himself
Bill Clinton ... Himself (as President Bill Clinton)
Cornel West ... Himself (as Dr. Cornel West)
Michelle Coltrane Michelle Coltrane ... Herself
Wynton Marsalis ... Himself
Ben Ratliff Ben Ratliff ... Himself
Carlos Santana ... Himself
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Storyline

CHASING TRANE is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform. Written and directed by critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson...?) the film is produced with the full participation of the Coltrane family and the support of the record labels that collectively own the Coltrane catalog. Scheinfeld brings his strong story-telling skills to the creation of a rich, textured and compelling narrative that takes the audience to unexpected places. Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, CHASING TRANE brings John Coltrane to life as a fully dimensional being, inviting the audience to engage with Coltrane the man... Written by Meteor 17 [us]

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,626, 14 April 2017

Gross USA:

$406,284
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Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The film is an official selection of the Telluride Film Festival - 2016. See more »

Quotes

John Coltrane: Well, I dislike war. Period. So, therefore, as far as I'm concerned, it should stop. It should have already stopped. And any other war.
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Crazy Credits

"The words of John Coltrane are from interviews and liner notes published between 1957 and 1967." See more »

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Great Documentary.
7 January 2019 | by chiaracaloSee all my reviews

Beautiful portrait of John Coltrane. Written and directed by John Scheinfeld and released in 2017, this documentary describes Coltrane's life from childhood until his premature death, at age 40. It also deals with Trane's heroin and alcohol addictions, and how he rebounded by sheer willpower. His life was spared and his music improved. The documentary features many interviews of friends, fans and family members. Wonderful pictures and exclusive footage are shown. Denzel Washington lends his voice reading excerpts from interviews.

Jazz fans will enjoy this documentary, very informative.

Length: 1hr 39min


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