from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Poitier, Sidney Born 1927. American actor and director whose film credits include The Defiant Ones (1958) and Lilies of the Field (1963), for which he won an Academy Award.

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  • n. United States film actor and director (born in 1927)


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  • Everett's deformations of form add an element of bracing insolence to satire that in I Am Not Sidney Poitier is a little too earnest.

    October 2009

  • The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography, by Sidney Poitier is a wonderful look at his life over the years.

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  • "Sidney Poitier is his name, and elevating the ethical consciousness of American cinema is his game."

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  • But as great as Poitier is as Tibbs, this is Rod Steiger’s film and that's why he deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

    On the symbolic nature of a broken air conditioner: In The Heat of the Night and the rise of the New South

  • But to paraphrase Poitier, he'd want to play a man, not a black man, something Poitier was rarely permitted to do.

    John Farr: If Hillary Were in the Movies, What Parts Could She Play?

  • In film portrayals of African Americans, by the early 1970s, the sexless and self-sacrificing characters played by Sidney Poitier during the civil rights era had been replaced by hypersexual superheroes who had achieved spectacular wealth by means other than “working for the Man.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • The role made Mr. Washington the first African-American Best Actor Oscar winner in almost 40 years, Sidney Poitier having received the award for "Lilies of the Field" in 1963.

    'Safe House': Familiar Blueprint, Despite Denzel

  • His role instead is as a kind of advisor -- whose advice is mostly nonsensical, of course -- to the novel's protagonist, Not Sidney Poitier.

    October 2009

  • The parodies of the Poitier movies come off rather better, although ultimately they seem rather obvious in their satirical ambition to illustrate that the obstacles to civil respect and equality encountered by Sidney Poitier's characters in these "social problem" films are still with us these many years later.

    October 2009

  • Everett is certainly no ordinary satirst, but I Am Not Sidney Poitier reveals him as primarily a satirical writer.

    October 2009


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