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'Round Midnight (1986)

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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A French music lover befriends a once-great American jazz artist and attempts to save him from self-destruction in this moody drama. Saxophonist Dexter Gordon portrays Dale Turner, a fictional musician inspired by a number of famed jazz figures, including Bud Powell and Lester Young. Largely forgotten in his home country, Turner has moved to Paris in search of a more appreciative audience. He finds it in the form of Francis Borler (Francois Cluzet), a bebop aficionado who befriends the

Jan 30, 2001

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (0) | DVD (6)

Round Midnight is a superbly crafted music world drama in which Gallic director Bertrand Tavernier pays a moving dramatic tribute to the great black musicians who lived and performed in Paris in the late 1950s.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The director's perenially heavy mood seems especially well suited to this indigo-shaded story of a black American saxman (Dexter Gordon) living and performing in Paris in the late 50s.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Dale Turner, as played by Dexter Gordon, seems to be an amalgam of Bud Powell and Lester Young, but the private, rueful dignity that he brings to bear is all his own.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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No actor could do what the great jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon does in 'Round Midnight.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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You do not need to know a lot about jazz to appreciate what is going on because, in a certain sense, this movie teaches you everything about jazz that you really need to know.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Gordon goes the limit as Turner, dedicating his performance to all the cats who've gone before.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Dexter Gordon received a Best Actor nomination and Herbie Hancock the Original Score Music Oscar for this moody jazz piece anout an alcoholic musician down on his luck.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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He's not just writing about a dying old man, he's writing about jazz.

August 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Tavernier's striking widescreen frame established the rainy, neon-and-smoke filled world of the jazz film.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

One of the best jazz films ever made, this succeeds by melding French sensibilities about atmosphere with American sensibilities about the music.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It's a brooding yet warm elegy, as plaintive as a slow, low-toned ballad in a minor key.

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

The film's quality lies not just in its vivid portrayal of the bebop milieu, but also in its sensitive examination of the turbulent forces within an artist compelled to create on a nightly basis, despite personal consequences.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Guided by the spirit of the art form it celebrates, Tavernier's film is a mesmerizing audio-visual lament for the impending death of jazz

June 27, 2002 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for 'Round Midnight

Dexter Gordon's portrayal of a fish out of water in Paris is marvelous. We soon learn that stepping across an ocean does not allow one to run away from problems.
March 5, 2014
John Ballantine

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Captures the essence of Jazz.
July 16, 2008
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Foreign Titles

  • Um Mitternacht (DE)
  • Autour de minuit (FR)
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