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Sidney Poitier

Director, Actor

Cry, The Beloved CountryCry, The Beloved Country (1951)
Dir. Zoltan Korda
Feat. Sidney Poitier, Joyce Carey, Canada Lee
Deeply felt racial drama has Rev. Sidney Poitier encountering South African–style bigotry as he searches for his son in Johannesburg.
Blackboard Jungle, TheBlackboard Jungle, The (1955)
Dir. Richard Brooks
Feat. Glenn Ford, Sidney Poitier, Vic Morrow
Famously controversial on release and first of the 'Rock–n–roll' films, this lifted the lid on the heated youth tensions in 50s America.…
Defiant Ones, TheDefiant Ones, The (1958)
Dir. Stanley Kramer
Feat. Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier
That well known image of race–hatred – escaped black and white prisoners unwillingly handcuffed together – originated here, with…
Raisin in the SunRaisin in the Sun (1961)
Dir. Daniel Petrie
Feat. Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee
Rounded drama about the struggles of black family living in Chicago in the 1940s, that was ground–breaking in its day and features several…
Paris BluesParis Blues (1961)
Dir. Martin Ritt
Feat. Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Joanne Woodward
Undernourished romantic drama has Newman and Poitier as Jazz musicians on holiday in Paris forced to decide whether to stay or return to the U.S. for…
Lilies of the FieldLilies of the Field (1963) Recommended
Dir. Ralph Nelson
Feat. Sidney Poitier
Helping to repair a chapel for a convent of German nuns and rewarded with an Oscar for Best Actor, this sees Sidney Poitier giving one of his quieter…
Long Ships, TheLong Ships, The (1963)
Dir. Jack Cardiff
Feat. Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Russ Tamblyn
Expensively produced Viking epic has the Nordic warrior Widmark clash with Moorish general Poitier over a mythical treasure, the 'Golden Bell of St…
Bedford Incident, TheBedford Incident, The (1965)
Dir. James B. Harris
Feat. Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier
Excellent Cold war navy thriller in which an US captain (Richard Widmark) treads the nuclear tightrope in obsessive pursuit of a Russian sub.
Duel at DiabloDuel at Diablo (1965)
Dir. Ralph Nelson
Feat. Sidney Poitier, James Garner
Violent, off–beat Cowboys–and–Indians conflict successfully revives the formula. With Sidney Poitier, and James Garner in a sober…
Patch of Blue, APatch of Blue, A (1965) Recommended
Dir. Guy Green
Feat. Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman
Near flawless film about the friendship between a blind, uneducated girl and a black man she meets in the park, who becomes determined to help her…

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