I'd never seen this before. Is Sidney Poitier in any bad movies? It would have been easy to make this movie be trite, but I guess Norman Jewison knows what he's doing. While Sidney is magnetic, as always, what I really liked was Rod Steiger's performance. His "southern police chief" character could easily have been a caricature, but Rod made him into a real person. I wish more movies were brave enough to be slow and simple, relying on deep performances to carry them through.
And how Norman pulled off the final shot of Sidney on the train, I cannot even imagine.