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Why did anyone think this would make a good movie?


I can't imagine why anyone would like this crap, but what do I know? If you're one of those high and mighty jazz lovers, it might be of interest due to the music, but I'm not one of them, and it got on my nerves mighty quick. The story really doesn't go anywhere of interest, and it really falls flat at the end. The only thing of interest to me was a shirtless Paul Newman......exposed navel, and all. Whew! He was a God! His acting in this one left a lot to be desired, though.

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You don't have to be high and mighty to appreciate jazz, America's first original culture offered to the world. You don't like the genere I get it. The rest of your critic is lame and superficial.

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I personally found it a decent film. It tackled lots of things that would have been pretty rare for Hollywood films in those days. And don't forget, in 1961, the US still had segregated facilities throughout the South and racial strife in Northern US cities, there was no widely available contraception for women and sexually liberated women were considered a major threat, being divorced was considered very controversial, drug abuse was a problem but the kinds of treatment programs we have today didn't really exist, and so on.

Also, jazz was on the verge of ceding its once dominant role as the US's popular music to rock and roll. So the movie takes on nearly all these topics, as well more basic ones like the challenges people in love face, and does so quite well. I think the women actors are better than the men, but that's my take. The jazz scenes, especially the one when Louis Armstrong shows up at the jazz cave where Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman are playing was thrilling and very well done.

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Thank you for your troll...attempt.

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