'Round Midnight
'Round Midnight (1986)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 3, 1986
DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
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Variety Staff

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wonderful offbeat homage to be-bop.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Emanuel Levy

Dexter Gordon received a Best Actor nomination and Herbie Hancock the Original Score Music Oscar for this moody jazz piece anout an alcoholic musician down on his luck.

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Time Out

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.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Gordon goes the limit as Turner, dedicating his performance to all the cats who've gone before.

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Christopher Null

He's not just writing about a dying old man, he's writing about jazz.

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John Ballantine
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… More
Anthony Valletta
Captures the essence of Jazz.