Black sharecroppers during the Depression fight to get their children a decent education in Martin Ritt's Sounder (1972).
Take The A Train is the number with Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier pretending to play in the opening to the pretty-much all Ellington jazz movie Paris Blues, 1961, directed by Martin Ritt.
Often funny chronicle of the romance of a middle-aged couple that takes a tragic turn. Matthau and Burnett play off each other with a sour frumpy charm Page got an Oscar nomination for her turn as the sharp-tongued humorous foil to the storyline.
Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Orson Welles, Anthony Franciosa, Lee Remick and Angela Lansbury co-star in this riveting tale of life in the Deep South. Provocative and compelling, it simmers with sexual tension, bawdy humor and a powerful clash of personalities. When Ben Quick (Newman), a suspected barnburner drifts into town, he catches the eye of Will Varner, a tyrannical, intimidating patriarch (Welles) who decides Quick is the ideal husband for his spinsterish daughter (Woodward). But once the loner moves in, the two men lock horns, drawing Varner's family into a complex web of emotions and actions that leaves all of them changed forever.
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He's a shy, illiterate short-order cook who's never taken a chance at love. She's a newly widowed factory worker who's vowed to never love again. But as their friendship slowly blossoms and Iris helps Stanley learn to read, his strong yet gentle kindness helps mend her broken heart. And where once two lonely strangers stood trapped within the past, Stanley and Iris can now begin a new chapter of their lives together.
Jane Fonda and Robert De Niro star in a touching story of two people who escape their own private prisons -- he can't read, she's still grieving for her dead husband -- to explore a tender relationship.
Academy Award-winners Barbra Streisand ("Funny Girl," "The Prince of Tides") and Richard Dreyfuss ("Mr. Holland's Opus," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind") team up in this powerful and emotionally charged drama. In one of her most provocative and challenging roles, Streisand portrays a strong-willed, high-priced call girl accused of manslaughter, who launches a fierce battle to prove her mental competence with the help of her court-appointed attorney. Directed by Martin Ritt ("Norma Rae") and featuring a distinguished supporting cast. Sneak Previews calls it "one of the year's must-see movies!...Absolutely terrific!...Streisand gives one of the finest performances of her career!...Richard Dreyfuss is wonderful...The all-star cast is brilliant." The Today Show says it's "a stunning movie...Ms. Streisand has never been more trenchant onscreen...Dreyfuss provides one of the most brilliant performances of his career."
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