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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.


John Scheinfeld


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


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


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

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30 July 2018 | by masonfiskSee all my reviews

A standard doc on jazz great John Coltrane that pretty much covers what it can since the man died relatively young & he had so much more to give us but what he did give us is awe-inspiring. We have a lot of heavy talent on screen waxing nostalgic about Coltrane from Dr. Cornel West, former president Bill Clinton, Sonny Rollins & of all people Denzel Washington voicing Coltrane's words but the film still has an annoying been there, done that feel which it shouldn't given the subject matter. Not bad but could be better.

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Release Date:

14 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,626, 16 April 2017

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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