Miles Ahead

March 28th, 2016


Miles Ahead

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Release Year: 2015

Rating: 7.3/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Don Cheadle

Stars: Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor

An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.

Writers: Steven Baigelman, Don Cheadle, Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor, Ewan McGregor, Don Cheadle, Michael Stuhlbarg, Keith Stanfield, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Austin Lyon, Nina Smilow, Christina Karis, Morgan Wolk, Joshua Jessen, Theron Brown, Jennifer Dior, Chris Hahn, Jeffrey Grover, William Willet, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Ewan McGregor - Dave Brill
Don Cheadle - Miles Davis
Michael Stuhlbarg - Harper Hamilton
Keith Stanfield - (as Lakeith Lee Stanfield)
Emayatzy Corinealdi - Frances Taylor
Austin Lyon - Justin
Nina Smilow - Tami
Christina Karis - Janice
Morgan Wolk - Erica
Joshua Jessen - Bill Evans
Theron Brown - Herbie Hancock
Jennifer Dior - Boxing Spectator
Chris Hahn - Ralph
Jeffrey Grover - Gil Evans
William Willet - Concert attendee


Official Website: IndieGoGo page

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2015

Filming Locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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Did You Know?

The movie takes place in New York City but is actually filmed entirely in Cincinnati, Ohio because "the city's buildings could practically double for New York" during the time period. Cheadle said "The architecture and the look here (of Cincinnati) can approximate the era that is being shot in Manhattan". Cheadle filmed in over 30 location in Downtown Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine, the West End, and Northside. See more »

User Review


Rating: 10/10

Absolutely stunning! Attended the world premiere at the NewYork film festival this past weekend. As the film ended, my mind felt entranced. The film's rapid clip style and dramatic ending made me film as if I had viewed one of Mile's mind blowing paintings. Somehow, it all seemed to come together as one mental image at the end. An ingenious portrayal of both Miles music and painting style. Along with the fabulous music throughout, the movie even included a clip of miles working on one of his paintings, as if the cue us in on the films approach.

The music of Miles Davis provides the background for many of the scenes and it is performed in many scenes. As Miles was also an accomplished abstract painter, he is also featured creating some of his artwork. His challenges, triumphs and failures in love, the music industry, music composition, health, etc. compose a collage that comes together like one of his abstract paintings. At the end, a stunning scene brings it all together and emphasizes the phenomenal impact of the Miles music through today, for all time, and across many genres.


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