'Round Midnight (1986)



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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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Rayfiel, Bertrand Tavernier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 30, 2001
Warner Home Video

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Critic Reviews for 'Round Midnight

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Gordon goes the limit as Turner, dedicating his performance to all the cats who've gone before.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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A lovingly gentle yet vibrant tribute to jazz, friendship and film itself, made by a director of consummate taste and precise imagination.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Captures the essence of Jazz.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


One of the best jazz-focused films out there. Great music through-out the film and a great cast full of real-life jazz luminaries.

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