Round Midnight

1986, Drama, 2h 10m

20 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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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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  • 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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