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'Round Midnight Details


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 expatriate player. Borler soon becomes familiar with Turner's darker side, including his struggles with alcoholism, drug addiction, and depression. Fearing for the musician's life, the fan becomes his caretaker, an arrangement that leads to a brief improvement in Turner's health and fortunes but places great emotional strain upon them both. Director Bertrand Tavernier pays great attention to the visual and aural details of the jazz world, with outstanding musical supervision provided by Herbie Hancock. Herbie Hancock's greatest asset, however, is Gordon's Academy Award-nominated performance, informed by his own life experiences. His naturally fascinating presence combines with the film's obvious love of the music and its milieu to provide what many have hailed as one of the more authentic and affectionate presentations of the jazz world on the silver screen. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:September 12, 1986


Awarded by
French Academy of Cinema Michel Desrois Best Sound 1986 Winner
French Academy of Cinema William Flageollet Best Sound 1986 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Herbie Hancock Best Music Score 1985 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Herbie Hancock Best Music 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Herbie Hancock Best Score 1986 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Herbie Hancock Best Score 1986 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Claude Villand Best Sound 1986 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Dexter Gordon Best Music Score 1985 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Dexter Gordon Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dexter Gordon Best Actor 1986 Nominee


Dexter Gordon
as Dale Turner
François Cluzet
as Francis Borler
Gabrielle Haker
as Berangere
Christine Pascal
as Sylvie
Sandra Reaves-Phillips
as Buttercup
Lonette McKee
as Darcey Leigh
John Berry
as Ben
Martin Scorsese
as Goodley
Herbie Hancock
as Eddie Wayne
Bobby Hutcherson
as Ace
Pierre Trabaud
as Francis's Father
Frederique Meininger
as Francis's Mother
Freddie Hubbard
as Trumpet
Pierre Michelot
as Bass
Palle Mikkelborg
as Trumpet
Mads Vinding
as Bass
Wayne Shorter
as Tenor Saxophone (Blue Note), Soprano Saxophone (Davou
Cedar Walton
as Piano
Tony Williams
as Drums
Liliane Rovere
as Madame Queen
Ged Marlon
as Beau
Benoit Regent
as Psychiatrist
Victoria Gabrielle Platt
as Chan
Arthur French
as Booker
Alain Sarde
as Terzian
Philippe Noiret
as Redon
Eddy Mitchell
as A Drunk
Charles Belonzi
Arnaud Chevrier
Marpessa Djian
Cheikh Tidiane Fall
as Percussion
Guy Louret
Patrick Massieu
Jacques Poitrenaud
Luc Sarot
Noel Simsolo
Jimmy Slyde
Pascal Tedes
Pascale Vignal
Cheikh Tidiane Fall
as Percussion


Bertrand Tavernier
Irwin Winkler
Bertrand Tavernier
David Rayfiel
Bruno de Keyzer
Dexter Gordon
Bessie Smith
Featured Music
Cole Porter
Featured Music
Henri Renaud
George Gershwin
Featured Music
Herman Hupfeld
Featured Music
Jimmy Rowles
Harold Arlen
Featured Music
Bud Powell
Featured Music
Ira Gershwin
Featured Music
Kenny Dorham
Featured Music
Herbie Hancock
Composer (Music Score)
Vernon Duke
Featured Music
Frank Eyton
Thelonious Monk
Featured Music
Edward Heyman
Johnny Green
Featured Music
Cootie Williams
Featured Music
Bernie Hanighen
Armand Psenny
Monty Diamond
Production Designer
Alexandre Trauner
Production Designer
Pierre Duquesne
Art Director
Philippe Turlure
Set Designer
Jacqueline Moreau
Costume Designer
William Flageollet
Sound/Sound Designer
Frederic Bourboulon
First Assistant Director
Paul Le Marinel
Herbie Hancock