Tag Archives: Sidney Poitier

A Different Kind Of Western: Buck And The Preacher

“Buck And The Preacher” is a Western I remember seeing on TV a couple of times in the 1970s when I was a kid and I really enjoyed it but I wasn’t aware at the time how unique it was. To have a film of this genre, especially, with two black actors, Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, as the leads and to be told from their perspective is not something that happened a lot in 1972 or since . This was the first film directed by Sidney Poitier and that was unique in itself but Poitier would go on to direct a string of films in the 70s including Uptown Saturday Night and Stir Crazy. There is great chemistry and humor to the interaction between Poitier, Belafonte and Ruby Dee. You can figure out the plot fairly easily from the trailer.

Cold War Obsession: The Bedford Incident

The 1965 film “The Bedford Incident” is a fine thriller with a great cast headed by Richard Widmark (a favorite actor of mine) who also produced the film, and obviously thought it would make a good vehicle for him, and he was right, he is perfect as the intense and obsessed Captain of the destroyer hunting a Soviet submarine. The film also stars Sidney Poitier, Martin Balsam, James MacArthur and Wally Cox. It is well directed in black and white (I don’t think the film would work as well in color) by James B. Harris the one time producing partner of Stanley Kubrick.