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'Round Midnight (1986)

Round Midnight (original title)
R | | Drama, Music | 3 October 1986 (USA)
A troubled, but talented musician flees the US to escape his problems, finding refuge and support in Paris.

Director:

Bertrand Tavernier

Writers:

David Rayfiel (screenplay), Bertrand Tavernier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dexter Gordon ... Dale Turner
François Cluzet ... Francis Borler
Gabrielle Haker Gabrielle Haker ... Berangere
Sandra Reaves-Phillips ... Buttercup
Lonette McKee ... Darcey Leigh
Christine Pascal ... Sylvie
Herbie Hancock ... Eddie Wayne
Bobby Hutcherson Bobby Hutcherson ... Ace
Pierre Trabaud Pierre Trabaud ... Francis's Father
Frédérique Meininger ... Francis's Mother
Hart Leroy Bibbs Hart Leroy Bibbs ... Hershell
Liliane Rovère ... Madame Queen
Ged Marlon Ged Marlon ... Beau
Benoît Régent Benoît Régent ... Psychiatrist
Victoria Gabrielle Platt ... Chan Turner
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Storyline

In 'Round Midnight, real-life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner, a musician slowly losing the battle with alcoholism, estranged from his family, and hanging on by a thread in the 1950's New York jazz world. Dale gets an offer to play in Paris, where, like many other black American musicians at the time, he enjoys a respect for his humanity that is not based upon the color of his skin. A Parisian man who is obsessed with Turner's music befriends him and attempts to save Turner from himself. Although for Dale the damage is already done, his poignant relationship with the man and his young daughter re-kindles his spirit and his music as the end draws near. Written by Siddy DeRosser

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The music and the magic come together...

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

All the music is performed live, on the set. There are two soundtrack albums: one from Columbia and another "The Other Side of 'Round Midnight" under Dexter Gordon's name on the Blue Note label. See more »

Goofs

Microphone visible at bottom of frame during the nightclub scene between François Cluzet and Martin Scorsese. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Wayne: We would like to open with a tribute to a great jazz musician, a man who died a few years ago. He passed away ahead of us, but he was always doing things... ahead of us. He wrote a song just before he died that we'd like to perform tonight for you. His name is Dale Turner.
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Connections

References The Red Shoes (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Chan's Song
("Never Said")
Written by Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder
Performed by Bobby McFerrin
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A bright little gem
7 April 1999 | by DeeDee-10See all my reviews

You don't have to be a jazz fan to love this film, but it helps! Seeing so many jazz greats was a pleasure, and hearing them jam was inspiring. Short on plot but long on carefully crafted acting -Dexter Gordon was magnificent.


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Details

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'Round Midnight See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,384, 5 October 1986

Gross USA:

$3,272,593

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,272,593
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Little Bear, PECF See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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