'Round Midnight (1986)
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as Dale Turner
as Francis Borler
as Darcey Leigh
as Eddie Wayne
as Francis's Father
as Francis's Mother
as Mme. Queen
as Himself (Bass)
as A Drunk
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Critic Reviews for 'Round Midnight
A wonderfully detailed performance by a real jazz musician, Dexter Gordon.
Watching Dale and Francis grow close is a subdued experience that evolves in quiet ways.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Captures the essence of Jazz.
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