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Round Midnight Movie

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An 80s movie about drama and jazz music. A jazz musician gets the attention he deserves.

Round Midnight DVD

DVD Release

The DVD for the movie Round Midnight was released on July 22, 2008 by Warner Home Video and is rated R.


A star studded cast of real-life jazz musicans like Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, and Bobby Hutcherson are on hand to tell the story of a jazz musician in the movie ’Round Midnight.

’Round Midnight follows the story of a jazz sax player Dale Turner (played by Dexter Gordon), who had a performance in Paris. As good as a performer that he was, there was a man by the name of Francis Borler (played by Francois Cluzet) who believed that Turner deserved more recognition. Francis sacrificed a whole lot to get Turner focused on his music and not drugs and a strong friendship follows.


Dale Turner - Dexter Gordon
Francis Borler - Francois Cluzet
Berangere - Gabrielle Haker
Buttercup - Sandra Reaves-Phillips
Darcey Leigh - Lonette McKeen
Sylvie - Christine Pascal
Eddie Wayne - Herbie Hancock
Ace - Bobby Hutcherson
Francis's Father - Pierre Trabaud
Francis's Mother - Frederique Meininger
Hershell - Hart Leroy Bibbs
Madame Queen - Liliane Rovere
Beau - Ged Marlon
Psychiatrist - Benoit Regent
Chan Turner - Victoria Gabrielle Platt


The storyline in ’Round Midnight was actually based on the real life story of jazz musicians Bud Powell and Lester Young.

Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock who played Eddie Wayne in the film, won an academy award for Best Music, Original Score for the movie ’Round Midnight.

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80's Film Facts:

The Movie Round Midnight was released to theatres on 09/12/1986 by Warner Bros., and grossed $3,300,000 at the box office in the US.

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