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American Masters

Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (Season 14, Episode 5)
TV Episode | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

In this series entry, actor/director Sidney Poitier discusses his life and career. He tells of his upbringing in Jamaica; the difficulties he encountered in New York City at the start of his career; his involvement in the US civil-rights ...See moreIn this series entry, actor/director Sidney Poitier discusses his life and career. He tells of his upbringing in Jamaica; the difficulties he encountered in New York City at the start of his career; his involvement in the US civil-rights movement; and efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. Friends and acquaintances, as well as other performers, give their insights about what makes him so special. Written by David Glagovsky See less
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Director
Cinematographer
Slawomir Grunberg (as Slawomir Gr├╝nberg)
Editor
Milton Moses Ginsberg (as Milton Ginsberg)
Status
Edit Released
Updated Feb 2, 2000

Release date
Feb 2, 2000 (United States)

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James Baldwin
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Stanley Burnside
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Bill Clinton
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Lee Grant
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Nelson Mandela
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Philip Rose
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7.7 / 10 | 86 votes