Miles Ahead

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MILES AHEAD is a wildly entertaining and moving exploration of one of 20th century music's creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with... read more
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MILES AHEAD is a wildly entertaining and moving exploration of one of 20th century music's creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle's bravura directorial debut is not a conventional bio-pic but rather a unique, no-holds barred portrait of a singular artist in crisis. In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past. A wily music reporter, Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) forces his way into Davis' house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician's latest compositions. Davis' mercurial behavior is fueled by memories of his failed marriage to the talented and beautiful dancer Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). During their romance and subsequent marriage, Frances served as Davis' muse. It was during this period that he released several of his signature recordings including the groundbreaking "Sketches of Spain" and "Someday My Prince Will Come." The idyll however, was short lived. The eight-year marriage was marked by infidelity and abuse, and Frances was forced to flee for her own safety as Miles' mental and physical health deteriorated. By the late '70s, plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.

Original Release

03/20/2016

US Release

04/01/2016

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Cast

Ewan McGregor Dave Braden
Emayatzy Corinealdi Frances Taylor
Michael Stuhlbarg Harper
Don Cheadle Miles Davis
Austin Lyon Justin
Morgan Wolk Erica
Jeffrey Grover Gil Evans
Philip Krinsky Bicyclist
William Willet Concert Attendee
Chris Hahn Boxing Spectator
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Don Cheadle

Writers

Steven Baigelman, Don Cheadle, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson

Cast

Ewan McGregor Dave Braden
Emayatzy Corinealdi Frances Taylor
Michael Stuhlbarg Harper
Don Cheadle Miles Davis
Austin Lyon Justin
Morgan Wolk Erica
Jeffrey Grover Gil Evans
Philip Krinsky Bicyclist
William Willet Concert Attendee
Chris Hahn Boxing Spectator
Nina Smilow Tami
Lakeith Stanfield Junior
Zander Barnard Smoker Outside Club
Damon Binford Boxing Spectator
John E. Brownlee Boxing Cornerman
Frank Busofsky Boxing Spectator
Shuo Chen Osaka Fan
Gary Chinn Police Officer
Michael Cole Concert Attendee / Hand with Lighter
William Cross Columbia Records Executive

Producers

Mark Amin Executive Producer
Cheryl Davis Executive Producer
Steven Baigelman Executive Producer
Erin Davis Executive Producer
Cassian Elwes Executive Producer
Jonathan Gardner Executive Producer
William Hightower Executive Producer
Robert Lewis Executive Producer
Brian Pope Executive Producer
Stephen J. Rivele Executive Producer
Christopher Wilkinson Executive Producer
Richard Beleson Executive Producer
Robert Beleson Executive Producer
Dawn Bierschwal Executive Producer
Tyler Boehm Executive Producer
Frances Davis Executive Producer
Kevin Hart Executive Producer
Cami Winikoff Executive Producer
Daniel Wagner Producer
Vince Wilburn Jr. Producer
Darryl Porter Producer
Pamela Hirsch Producer
Don Cheadle Producer
Robert Ogden Barnum Producer
Lenore Zerman Producer
Richard Beleson Producer
Robert Beleson Producer
Dawn Bierschwal Producer
Tyler Boehm Producer
Mark Cancelliere Producer
Alexandra Creswick Producer
Frances Davis Producer
Frank Gehry Producer
Keith Goggin Producer
Sherri Goldman Producer
Charles Graham Producer
Anthony Harris Producer
Kevin Hart Producer
Michel Merkt Producer
Pras Michel Producer
Matt Mullenweg Producer
Roberto Schaefer Producer
Marlene Weller Producer
Cami Winikoff Producer

Editors

John Axelrad, Kayla Emter

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