Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (Straight, No Chaser )
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (Straight, No Chaser ) (1988)

This documentary of the late jazz great Thelonius Monk) (1917-1982) uses footage taken from 14 hours of European concert performances filmed in 1967-68 by Christian Blackwood. From his childhood in New York City's San Juan Hill, Monk… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 17, 1990
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

We might be moved by Monk's childlike dependency on his wife, baffled by his esoteric humour, honoured simply by his presence, but all we really need now are the records.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I had heard the music before. What the film gave me was an opportunity to see Thelonious Monk creating some of it, and, just as importantly, an opportunity to see how those who knew him loved him.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The Monk music that courses through the film is extraordinary in its range of feeling.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A lively and loving tribute to the genius of Thelonious Monk.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The musical value of this footage is so powerful that nothing can deface it, despite the best efforts of Zwerin to do so.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
watching monk play is always a joy and, while it's a shame the film has to delve into suspicions of mental illness associated with his notoriously… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Thelonious Monk - Straight, No Chaser" is an interesting and entertaining documentary about the innovative jazz musician,… More