Sidney Poitier Film Series at Billings Public LibraryThe Black Heritage Foundation and Billings Public Library present a film series featuring Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier.
February 10th Showing:
THE LONG SHIPS is a rollicking, action-packed Viking adventure saga starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier. Viking brothers Rolfe (Widmark) and Orm (Russ Tamblyn) steal the Norse king's funeral ship as well as his beautiful daughter, Gerda (Beba Loncar), and head off in search of the fabled "Mother of Voices," a huge solid-gold bell "as tall as three tall men." The brothers battle a maelstrom, a mutinous crew and vengeful Moorish troops led by Prince El Mansuh (Poitier). Highlighted by rousing battle scenes, daring escapes and humorous interludes, Time magazine stated THE LONG SHIPS has "more enjoyable bloody foolishness than many an epic costing three times as much."
February 17th Showing:
LILIES OF THE FIELD was nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Poitier was named Best Actor for this performance. Homer Smith (Poitier), an itinerant handyman, is driving through the Arizona desert when he meets five impoverished nuns. Stopping to fix their leaky farmhouse roof, Homer discovers that not only will the Mother Superior not pay him for the job, but she also wants him to build their chapel - for free! Hesitant at first, Homer soon finds himself single-handedly raising the chapel and the financing. But although he will not receive a monetary reward, Homer knows that when his work is done, he'll leave that dusty desert town a much better place than when he found it.
February 24th Showing:
THEY CALL ME MISTER TIBBS! features Poitier in a role he originated in the film IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. When a prostitute is murdered in San Francisco's ritzy Nob Hill district, an anonymous tip implicates minister and political crusader Reverend Logan Sharpe (Landau). Lt. Virgil Tibbs (Poitier), who has known Sharpe for many years, asks to be assigned to the case in hopes of clearing his friend's name. So begins the detective's journey through a twisted maze of baffling evidence, frantic chases, deadly gunfire and bad alibis. Before long, Tibbs finds himself bitterly torn between his duty as a cop...and his loyalty to a friend.
Time: 11:00 am
Billings Public Library
510 N Broadway
Billings, MT 59101