This must have seemed like a bold movie at the time, but one that probably did its part in helping educate people and challenge their thinking.
Poitier is excellent here, although his singing kind of needed work! Curtis is great too, together they make a great on screen duo. There's some great action sequences filmed in beautiful black and white, and plenty of character conflict. We have all seen variations of this story, the Fishburne/Baldwin movie, Fled, being the most obvious. But sometimes the original is best, maybe because the stakes were even greater for a black convict on the run in the south in 1958. The tension was real.
And, if that doesn't make you want to watch it, it also costars Alfalfa from The Little Rascals and The Wolf Man himself, Lon Chaney Jr.
Awesome, gripping movie. I know some people make fun of Kramer for being too self-important and sanctimonious, but I think the dude was a terrific filmmaker. And it is indeed a brave film for its time. Poitier is amazing.