'Round Midnight 1986

Round Midnight

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In the 1950s, Dale Turner (Dexter Gordon), a gifted black saxophonist with a drinking problem, leaves behind New York and his estranged family and relocates to Paris. There he plays for a progressive, jazz-loving audience without being judged by his race, and ages quietly in peace. Not intending to turn away from his vices, Dale nonetheless becomes the project of a French fan (François Cluzet) who tries to help him fight his alcoholism, ultimately inspiring both Dale and his music.

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  • Watching Dale and Francis grow close is a subdued experience that evolves in quiet ways.

    December 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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…

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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…
  • 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…
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  • No actor could do what the great jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon does in 'Round Midnight.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5
  • 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 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 'Round Midnight

  • Mar 05, 2014
    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.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2008
    Captures the essence of Jazz.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2007
    A very fine movie about a fictional musican based on Bud Powell and Lester Young. The only problem with this movie is that Dexter Gordon was pretty sick when it was filmed, and his playing isn't top notch for him. However, it's still very good music.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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