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A Patch of Blue

A Patch of Blue

A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life.

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A Piece of the Action

A Piece of the Action

Superstar Bill Cosby and the legendary Sidney Poitier ("Sneakers", "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?") -- stars of "Uptown Saturday Night" and "Let's Do It Again" -- re-team in their third unstoppable comedy/adventure, playing a pair of modern-day Robin Hoods trying to straighten out a menagerie of teen-aged incorrigibles. Co-starring James Earl Jones ("Patriot Games"), Tracy Reed ("Knots Landing"), Ja'net DuBois ("Good Times") and Denise Nicholas ("Room 222"), with a classic R&B score by Curtis Mayfield ...

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A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

Walter Lee Younger is a young man struggling with his station in life. Sharing a tiny apartment with his wife, son, sister and mother, he seems like an imprisoned man. Until, that is, the family gets an unexpected financial windfall...

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A Warm December

A Warm December

Widower Dr. Matt Younger and his daughter go to London for a month of dirt-bike racing. While there, Dr. Younger is surprised by finding himself attracted to Catherine, a charming but elusive woman who seems to have some mysterious men following her. A romance slowly develops between the doctor and Catherine, but there are complications to their happiness.

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All the Young Men

All the Young Men

During the Korean War, the lieutenant in charge of a Marine rifle platoon is killed in battle. Before he dies, he places the platoon's sergeant, who's black, in charge. The sergeant figures on having trouble with two men in his platoon: a private who has much more combat experience than he does, and a racist Southerner who doesn't like blacks in the first place and has no intention of taking orders from one. Written by ...

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Band of Angels

Band of Angels

Living in Kentucky prior to the Civil War, Amantha Starr is a privileged young woman. Her widower father, a wealthy plantation owner, dotes on her and he sends her to the best schools. When he dies suddenly however, Amantha's world is turned upside down. She learns that her father had been living on borrowed money and that her mother was actually a slave and her father's mistress. The plantation is to be sold to pay ...

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Blackboard Jungle

Blackboard Jungle

Richard Dadier is a teacher at North Manual High School, an inner-city school where many of the pupils frequently engage in anti-social behavior. Dadier makes various attempts to engage the students' interest in education, challenging both the school staff and the pupils. He is subjected to violence as well as duplicitous schemes.

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Brother John

Brother John

A mysterious man John Kane (Sidney Poitier) who, when he returns to his hometown in Alabama for his sister's funeral, is thought to be an outside labor agitator - until it's revealed that he's really a heavenly messenger. The plot revolves around a strike at the town's big factory.

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Buck and the Preacher

Buck and the Preacher

A wagon master and a con-man preacher help freed slaves dogged by cheap-labor agents out West.

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Cry the Beloved Country

Cry the Beloved Country

Alan Paton's novel about black-white relations in South Africa. Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier, Charles Carson, Michael Goodliffe, Joyce Carey. Fine performances, and direction by Zoltan Korda.

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Duel at Diablo

Duel at Diablo

While crossing the desert, a frontier scout, Jess Remsberg (Garner), rescues Ellen Grange (Andersson) from a pursuing band of Apaches, and returns her to her husband, Willard Grange (Weaver). He is contracted to act as a scout for an Army cavalry unit. Willard, Ellen, and her infant son are along for the ride, as is horse trader Toller (Poitier), a veteran of the 10th Cavalry (the "Buffalo Soldiers"). The party is trapped in a canyon ...

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Edge of the City

Edge of the City

An army deserter and a black dock worker join forces against a corrupt union official.

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Free of Eden

Free of Eden

Story about Will Cleamons, a former teacher-turned-businessman who agrees to tutor 18-year-old high school dropout, Nicole Turner. Much to his surprise, their relationship not only helps Nicole build a future, but helps Cleamons put his personal life back together.

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Good-bye, My Lady

Good-bye, My Lady

What is that strange animal 12-year-old Skeeter spied in the Mississippi swamp? It looks like a dog. But it laughs – even cries realtears – instead of barking. Skeeter brings it home…and into the best adventure a boy could ever have. From the beloved novel by James (The Biscuit Eater) Street, Good-bye, My Lady boasts a legendary director (William A. Wellman), real Southern-bayou locationshooting and a superb cast that includes Academy Award® winners Walter Brennan ...

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (who won the Academy Award(r) for Best Actress for her performance) are unforgettable as perplexed parents in this landmark 1967 movie about mixed marriage. Joanna (Katharine Houghton), the beautiful daughter of crusading publisher Matthew Drayton (Tracy) and his patrician wife Christina (Hepburn), returns home with her new fiance John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), a distinguished black doctor. Christina accepts her daughter's decision to marry John, but Matthew is shocked by this ...

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In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night

An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.

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King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis

King: A Filmed Record... Mo...

A 1970 American documentary film biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented in the form of newsreel footage and segments of recordings by Dr. King, framed by celebrity narrators, including Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, Clarence Williams III, Burt Lancaster, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, Harry Belafonte, The movie was produced by Richard Kaplan and Ely Landau.

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Lilies of the Field

Lilies of the Field

A strict mother superior believes a visitor will build them a church.

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Little Nikita

Little Nikita

Roy Parmenter is an FBI agent in San Diego; 20 years ago his partner was killed by a Soviet spy, nicknamed Scuba, still at large. Scuba is now trying to extort the Soviets; to prove he's serious, he's killing their agents one by one, including "sleepers," agents under deep cover awaiting orders. Roy interviews a high school lad, Jeff Grant, an applicant to the Air Force Academy. In a routine background check, Roy discovers that ...

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Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles...

One of the legends of American comedy, Don Rickles, is shown in all his glory by John Landis, acclaimed director of Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Coming to America, and Michael Jackson's Thriller. Many of today's biggest stars including Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Bob Newhart, Jay Leno, Clint Eastwood, Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers and Billy Crystal share their uproarious stories. With appearances by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Johnny Carson, this is a ...

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No Way Out

No Way Out

Nominated for the 1950 Oscar® for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay, this intense drama about racial hatred pulls no punches. When a white patient in a hospital dies under the care of a black intern (Sidney Poitier), the victim's racist brother (Richard Widmark) seeks to destroy the doctor's career. Although the hospital's idealistic Chief Resident (Stephen McNally) tries to diffuse the escalating tension, the victim's ex-wife (Linda Darnell) seems to go along with the vengeance-seeker—until ...

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Paris Blues

Paris Blues

Ram Bowen and Eddie Cook are two expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris where, unlike America at the time, Jazz musicians are celebrated and racism is a non-issue. When they meet and fall in love with two young American girls, Lillian and Connie, who are vacationing in France, Ram and Eddie must decide whether they should move back to America with them, or stay in Paris for the freedom it allows them. Ram, who wants ...

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Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist

Paul Robeson: Tribute to an...

This Academy Award-winning documentary short is narrated by Sidney Poitier and traces Paul Robeson's career through his activism and his socially charged performances of his signature song, "Ol' Man River."

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Pressure Point

Pressure Point

In 1942, an African American psychiatrist engages in a powerful battle of wills while trying to treat a racist prisoner who is a Nazi sympathizer. After serving a three-year sentence, the man is released, much to the concern of his doctor.

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Shoot to Kill

Shoot to Kill

Sidney Poitier makes his long-overdue return to films in this 1988 thriller, playing an FBI agent on the trail of an elusive killer. Reluctantly teamed with tracker Tom Berenger, the city-dwelling Poitier braves the wilds of the Pacific Northwest in search of his quarry.

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Sing Your Song

Sing Your Song

Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. This film unearths his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally.

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Sneakers

Sneakers

Robert Redford leads an all-star cast in one of the most satisfying suspense films! Computer expert Martin Bishop (Redford) heads a team of renegade hackers - including a former CIA employee (Sidney Poitier), a gadgets wizard (Dan Aykroyd), a young genius (River Phoenix) and a blind soundman (David Strathairn) - who are routinely hired to test security systems. But Bishop's past comes back to haunt him when government agents blackmail the "sneakers" into carrying out ...

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Something of Value

Something of Value

As Kenya's Mau Mau uprising tears the country apart, former childhood friends Kimani (Sidney Poitier), a native, and Peter (Rock Hudson), a British colonist, find themselves on opposite sides of the struggle in this provocative drama. Though each is devoted to his cause, both wish for a more moderate path -- but their hopes for a peaceful resolution are thwarted by rage, colonial arrogance and escalating violence on both sides.

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The Bedford Incident

The Bedford Incident

Richard Widmark plays a hardened cold-war warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier is a reporter given permission to interview the captain during a routine patrol. Poitier gets more than he bargained for when the Bedford discovers a Soviet sub in the depths and the captain begins a relentless pursuit, pushing his crew, and the on-screen tension, to breaking point in this chilling cold-war tale of cat and mouse.

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The Defiant Ones

The Defiant Ones

Two convicts, a white racist and an angry black, escape while chained to each other.

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The Defiant Ones

The Defiant Ones

Two convicts (one white (Robert Urich), one black (Carl Weathers)) serving time on a chain gang in the deep South are accidentally set free. Seething with mutual distrust, they flee into treacherous woodlands and swamps--hunted by helicopter and bloodhounds. Yet, they are bound together by a common cause...escape...and by a 29-inch steel chain.

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

The Greatest Story Ever Told

An adaptation of Fulton Oursler's best-selling book the "Greatest Story" follows the life of Jesus Christ, played by Max Von Sydow. The large supporting cast includes Dorothy McGuire as Mary, Claude Rains as Herod the Great, Jose Ferrer as Herod Antipas, Charlton Heston as John the Baptist, Donald Pleasence as Satan, David McCallum as Judas Iscariot, Sidney Poitier as Simon of Cyrene, Telly Savalas as Pontius Pilate and Martin Landau as Caiaphas. Even Robert Blake ...

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The Jackal

The Jackal

Bruce Willis, Richard Gere and Sidney Poitier star in this international suspense thriller directed by Michael Caton-Jones. A ruthless assassin (Willis) has been hired to eliminate someone at the very top of the U.S. government. Constantly changing his identity and location, he is known only as the Jackal. Everything about this hit man, including his sinister timetable, is a secret. Aware of the Jackal's presence but uncertain of his purpose, the FBI's Deputy Director (Poitier) ...

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The Long Ships

The Long Ships

In this elaborately mounted seafaring adventure, Rolfe (Richard Widmark) is a Viking leader with the cunning and devious mind of a pirate. Rolfe tells others sailors of "The Mother of Voices," a mammoth bell made of gold and as tall as three men, but he adds enough incorrect details to throw them off the proper trail. However, Aly Mansuh (Sidney Poitier), the leader of a group of ambitious Moors, sees through Rolfe's story, and soon ...

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The Mark of the Hawk

The Mark of the Hawk

The man called Obam struggles with the increasingly hostile forces facing each other in a colonial African country. The African natives want their land and lives back from the British colonists. Obam's motives are questioned by his own people, in particular his brother Kanda. With the help of his wife Renee and missionary Bruce Craig, will he be able to get things under control before the country self-destructs?

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The Organization

The Organization

After a group of young revolutionaries break into a company's corporate headquarters and steal $5,000,000 worth of heroin to keep it off the street, they call on San Francisco Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs for assistance.

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The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn

The Simple Life of Noah Dea...

In the small Southern community of Twin Pines, GA lives Noah Dearborn (Sidney Poitier), a master craftsman and farmer who cherishes his solitude almost as much as the local townspeople cherish him, especially restaurant owner Sarah McClellan (Dianne Wiest). But when greedy real estate developers set their sights on Noah's land and he rejects their six-figure offer, this taciturn man is forced to summon all his strength in order to defend not only his property ...

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The Slender Thread

The Slender Thread

A college volunteer at the crisis phone gets a call from a suicide caller.

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The Wilby Conspiracy

The Wilby Conspiracy

WILBY CONSPIRACY, THE - Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine deliver power-house performances in this provocative thriller set in modern South Africa, where racial tension is about to erupt into a full-fledged war. (CC)

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