Saturday, November 8, 2008
This may have honestly been the first Sidney Poitier film I've ever seen. That's pretty embarrassing, but just you wait, because I'm going to be getting to quite a few more embarrassing revelations before the end of the month.
I don't think the racial politics of this one are as compelling today as they were back in the 60's, but this is still a solid detective movie. The arc of the racist sheriff and the black detective from up north follows a pretty predictable route, with both men coming to understand each other better, but I did like that the film showed restraint and made it pretty low key. The sheriff isn't magically non-racist by the end, he's just less of a dick to Poitier's character, and that feels a lot more believable.