Two New York City longshoremen Axel Nordmann, an Army deserter and Tommy Tyler, an easy-going freight car loader whose growing friendship is threatened by Charles Malik, a notably repellent punk.

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Kathleen Maguire ...
Ellen Wilson
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Lucy Tyler
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Robert F. Simon ...
Mr. George Nordmann (as Robert Simon)
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William A. Lee ...
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Two New York City longshoremen Axel Nordmann, an Army deserter and Tommy Tyler, an easy-going freight car loader whose growing friendship is threatened by Charles Malik, a notably repellent punk.

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2 August 1957 (West Germany)  »

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Ein Mann besiegt die Angst  »

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Expanded from the 1955 hour-long live TV play "A Man Is Ten Feet Tall," broadcast on "Philco Television Playhouse (1948)," also with Sidney Poitier in the role of Tommy. See more »

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26 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In this rarely seen black-and-white film, blacklisted director Martin Ritt (Nuts, Norma Rae) explores the complexities of racial brotherhood and tensions through the characters brilliantly played by Sidney Poitier and John Cassavetes. This emotionally charged drama follows the story of Axel (Cassavetes), a drifter newly arrived in New York City, who goes to work in the West Side Terminal as a porter and immediately makes the acquaintance of Tommy (Poitier), an experienced and cordial porter who is as generous with his friends as he is with his customers. Scenes such as the first meeting between Axel and Tommy's family, as well as the confrontations between Axel and his surly boss (Jack Warden), convey the confidence and compassion that steadily grows between the two men. As the two men confront societal prejudices, Axel is forced to examine himself and his community. In a film often compared to On the Waterfront, director Ritt displays an intuitive insight, simultaneously subtle and sharp.


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