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Favorite Sidney Poitier performance

I wanted to celebrate this legend before he dies. I think my favorite performance of his is A Patch of Blue. The fact he wasn’t even nominated for that film yet Shelley Winters won an Oscar for her role leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

by Anonymousreply 34November 30, 2021 12:07 AM

I just saw “Paris blues” again, I love that film of course mainly for Paul Newman. It was interesting that they tried to get a relationship between Newman’a character and diahanne Carroll’s character but anyway I Digress. My other favourites are “no way out”, “in the heat of the night” and “blackboard jungle”

by Anonymousreply 1October 21, 2021 8:34 PM

He’s brilliant in Pressure Point. He’s another person who won an Oscar for the wrong film. I wasn’t a big fan of Lillies of the Field.

by Anonymousreply 2October 21, 2021 8:36 PM

R1 Sidney and Diahann had great chemistry so it worked out in the end. Too bad he apparently treated her like shit in real life.

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by Anonymousreply 3October 21, 2021 8:39 PM

"Tp Sir, with Love" with Pat Routledge as a teacher, a slender teacher in 1967.

by Anonymousreply 4October 21, 2021 8:39 PM

Yes r3 they did. I still would have been more interested to see the interracial affair between Newman and Carroll. They both were quite breathtaking in this movie. Perhaps Poitier and Woodward could have had a romance too.

by Anonymousreply 5October 21, 2021 8:44 PM

R5 It’s kinda crazy Poitier and Woodward are still alive.

by Anonymousreply 6October 21, 2021 8:45 PM

I also love “edge of the city” and “the defiant ones”. He sure did make a lot of great movies.

by Anonymousreply 7October 21, 2021 8:49 PM

[quote] He’s brilliant in Pressure Point.

This is one I haven’t seen and am going to check it out immediately. Thanks!

by Anonymousreply 8October 21, 2021 8:50 PM

Absolutely it’s To Sir With Love.

by Anonymousreply 9October 21, 2021 8:55 PM

R7 He had great chemistry with John Cassavetes in Edge of the City. They should’ve been a couple in that film.

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by Anonymousreply 10October 21, 2021 8:56 PM

"To Sir With Love"

"Paris Blues"

and, for the face-slapping felt around the world, "In The Heat Of The Night" (..."they calll meee Mr. Tibbs!").

by Anonymousreply 11October 21, 2021 8:57 PM

[quote] He’s another person who won an Oscar for the wrong film. I wasn’t a big fan of Lillies of the Field

So true. I barely remember that film now. But I remember all the others on this thread much better.

by Anonymousreply 12October 21, 2021 8:59 PM

R12 I think he only won for that film so the Academy could pat themselves on the back for rewarding a Black man in the Best Actor category. The fact they never nominated him again afterwards is sad but not surprising.

by Anonymousreply 13October 21, 2021 9:02 PM

Raisin In The Sun.

His VPL should have won the Oscar!

by Anonymousreply 14October 21, 2021 9:07 PM

I would choose PARIS BLUES and EDGE OF THE CITY as well. In the 60's he had a tendency to overact at times. He's OTT in A RAISIN IN THE SUN, as if he's giving a stage performance. The rest of the cast is so much better. I also watched THE SLENDER THREAD with him and Anne Bancroft, and he overplays that role too.

by Anonymousreply 15October 21, 2021 9:08 PM

R10 Poitier also had great chemistry with Tony Curtis in The Defiant Ones. Another film with gay undertones.

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by Anonymousreply 16October 21, 2021 9:21 PM

I loved In the Heat of the Night. Lee Grant, Rod Steiger, and yes, the slap head round the world. And even though people say it is crap now and yes, it's out of date, I liked Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. The young girl was annoying, but I enjoyed Tracy and Hepburn, and the rest of the cast.

by Anonymousreply 17October 21, 2021 9:28 PM

Sidney's Walter Lee in Raisin in the Sun was exquisite. What a cast!!! He did a remake of an old James Mason movie that I really liked too, Odd Man Out from 1947, and Sidney in The Lost Man, 1969.

by Anonymousreply 18October 21, 2021 9:37 PM

To Sir, With Love. He’s also great in A Patch of Blue but Winters and Elizabeth Hartman have the showier roles.

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by Anonymousreply 20October 22, 2021 4:01 AM

R19 Hartman was heartbreaking in her role. The Oscars love awarding abusive mother’s so Shelley’s win isn’t surprising.

by Anonymousreply 21October 22, 2021 9:27 PM

OP, Mr. Poitier did win Best Actor two years before. Or maybe you should just get your mouth checked.

by Anonymousreply 22October 22, 2021 10:09 PM

R22 So what? Shelley Winters had already won an Oscar too before A Patch if Blue. She can win two Oscars but Sidney can’t?

by Anonymousreply 23October 23, 2021 2:26 AM

A Patch of Blue*

by Anonymousreply 24October 23, 2021 2:26 AM

Personally I found his acting rather overblown,but dont deny some of his movies were good.

by Anonymousreply 25October 23, 2021 3:01 AM

R21=Peggy Wood

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by Anonymousreply 26October 23, 2021 3:26 AM

R26 Mo’Nique and Allison Janney in recent years.

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by Anonymousreply 28November 7, 2021 12:57 AM

Carmen Jones

by Anonymousreply 29November 7, 2021 1:14 AM

I assume his three 1967 hits all canceled each other, that's why he wasn't nominated for that year; he deserved nominations for either To Sir With Love or In the Heat of the Night.

by Anonymousreply 30November 7, 2021 1:23 AM

Let’s keep in mind that Shelley won two Supporting Actress Oscars—Though arguably that’s typically a more interesting category than Leading Actor.

by Anonymousreply 31November 7, 2021 1:27 AM

Every damned thing he ever did. Everything.

by Anonymousreply 32November 7, 2021 3:34 AM

Just watched his debut performance in No Way Out. Poitier should be held in the same esteem as Brando.

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