Paris Blues
Paris Blues (1961)

The second film of director Martin Ritt with both Paul Newmanand Sidney Poitier, it's set in a city that has long been a haven for black musicians eager to escape the racism of the U.S. Newman is Ram Bowen, a trombone player who makes… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 27, 1961
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

All it lacks is something to pull these parts into a sensible whole.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Louis Armstrong lends his legendary horn to great effect in a musical sequence in this classic gem of a movie.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Roman Holiday for beatnik hipsters

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Variety Staff
Variety

Within its snappy, flashy veneer is an undernourished romantic drama of a rather traditional screen school.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

A low key, plotless but charming film that benefits from its appealing cast, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier and Diahann Carroll, on location shooting in Paris, and Oscar-nominated jazz music from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The story is slim but the jazz is great.

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Melissa Anderson
Artforum

Despite how square this movie about hepcats seems -- if only from the admittedly unfair vantage point of more than five decades on -- expressions of raw emotion stir Paris Blues to life.

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Shawn Levy
Oregonian

Newman is terrific in the picture, running both hot and cool, but he's upstaged by Woodward, who delivers stunning and surprising emotion in the final scenes. It's really worth seeing.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The jazz is hot, the romance is not so hot.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Great music, middling drama. Joanne Woodward comes off best.
Michael Gildea
Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier and Louis Armstrong. Score by Duke Ellington, directed by Martin Ritt. Jazz musicians in Paris. This movie sounds amazing and should… More
Andre Tavares Simoni
Filmed on location in Paris, starring Sidney Poitier as expatriate jazz musician Eddie Cook, and Paul Newman as trombone-playing Ram Bowen. The two men romance… More