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
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Four writers have adapted Harold Flender's novel, whose sole asset was the idea they have minimized ...

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Angie Errigo
Radio Times

Ageing like a fine wine - even with its vintage "Ya dig, baby?" lingo - this offbeat affair from one of Newman's drama teachers and favourite directors, Martin Ritt, is also one of the most delightful jazz movies ever made.

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Emanuel Levy

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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TIME Magazine

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

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Melissa Anderson

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

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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Variety Staff

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

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Cole Smithey

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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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