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Round Midnight

R In Theaters 02/2/2003 , 133min.
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Plot & 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. 'Round Midnight'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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Dexter Gordon Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score Herbie Hancock Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Score Herbie Hancock Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Dexter Gordon Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Score Herbie Hancock Nominated

French Academy of Cinema

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 French Academy of Cinema Best Sound Claude Villand Won
1986 French Academy of Cinema Best Music Herbie Hancock Won
1986 French Academy of Cinema Best Sound William Flageollet Won
1986 French Academy of Cinema Best Sound Bernard Le Roux Won
1986 French Academy of Cinema Best Sound Michel Desrois Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Music Score Herbie Hancock Won
1985 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Music Score Dexter Gordon Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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