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Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 14 April 2017 (USA)
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The film explores the global power and impact of the music of John Coltrane and reveals the passions, experiences and forces that shaped his life and revolutionary sounds.

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John Scheinfeld

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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$406,284, 1 October 2017
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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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"The words of John Coltrane are from interviews and liner notes published between 1957 and 1967." See more »

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For 'Trane
21 April 2017 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"Chasing Trane" is as comprehensive as a documentary about the short life of John Coltrane can get. Apart from his recordings, precious little exists about the life and career of arguably the best saxophone player who ever lived. This documentary traces his upbringing in the Jim Crow South to the pinnacle of his career - at which point he died of liver cancer. He was 40.

The filmmakers used still shots coupled with interviews with his surviving friends, family members and admirers. He never gave an interview, and when he is quoted the voice-over is Denzel Washington. Those interviewed include Cornel West, best friend Sonny Rollins, his children and -surprise- saxophonist Bill Clinton. Testimony is given regarding his musical perspective and the impact music had on his life and the lives of others. It is extremely illuminating and insightful.

I could go on and on, and suffice it to say the film is never slow or dull. It is a fast 99 minutes and it is terrific. If you are a fan of his you should go and see it. You have to.


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