Paris Blues (1961)
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as Ram Bowen
as Lillian Corning
as Eddie Cook
as Wild Man Moore
as Connie Lampson
as Michel Duvigne
as Marie Seoul
as Rene Bernard
as Bass Player
as Gypsy Guitarist
as the Pusher
Critic Reviews for Paris Blues
Four writers have adapted Harold Flender's novel, whose sole asset was the idea they have minimized ...
All it lacks is something to pull these parts into a sensible whole.
Within its snappy, flashy veneer is an undernourished romantic drama of a rather traditional screen school.
Despite how square this movie about hepcats seems -- if only from the admittedly unfair vantage point of more than five decades on -- expressions of raw emotion stir Paris Blues to life.
Louis Armstrong lends his legendary horn to great effect in a musical sequence in this classic gem of a movie.
A low key, plotless but charming film that benefits from its appealing cast, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier and Diahann Carroll, on location shooting in Paris, and Oscar-nominated jazz music from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.
Audience Reviews for Paris Blues
Great music, middling drama. Joanne Woodward comes off best.
No one on this Earth is going to be as right for you as I was Ram Bowen and Eddie Cook are American musicians in Paris, France. They love their simple life of playing music and banging chicks. One day they encounter two American girls and they fall in love. The girls want Ram and Eddie to settle down, return to America, and have a family. Can Eddie and Ram change their lifestyle that much for love? "I like to walk, and I like the way you walk, and Paris is a beautiful city to walk in." Martin Ritt, director of Hud, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, Norma Rae, Hombre, Nuts, Stanley & Iris, The Outrage, and No Down Payment, delivers Paris Blues. The storyline for this picture is very interesting. I adored the unpredictable nature of the characters and the ultimate outcome was definitely unique. The acting was awesome and the cast includes Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Diahann Carroll, Joanne Woodward, and Louis Armstrong. "You like the life you live it!" I am a huge Paul Newman fan so I decided to DVR this picture off Turner Classic Movies (TCM). I was surprised this film has historically received such poor reviews. This actually reminded me a little of Bar Fly. This is an underrated Paul Newman film as he delivers an amazing performance that is definitely a must see. I strongly recommend seeing this picture. "Call the game on account of complications." Grade: B+/A- (8.5)
Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier and Louis Armstrong. Score by Duke Ellington, directed by Martin Ritt. Jazz musicians in Paris. This movie sounds amazing and should be astonishing, right? The problem is that its not. The fifth of the movie that actually has to do with jazz gets farted on by how dislikable Newman's character is or how little you care about Joanne Woodward's character. The whole Poitier contrived social consciousness thing where he walked around with Diahann Carrol for half the movie was dull. Not to mention the nonsensical yet predictable ending. But for as much as I bitch about this movie the scenery and photography were great as was any scene with Armstrong.
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