Stanley Kramer’s once controversial drama of racial tension and tolerance scored nine Oscar nominations and was named “Best Film of 1958” by the New York Film Critics Circle and the Golden Globes. Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis give riveting performances as fugitives from a Southern chain gang, uncomfortably shackled to one another. The two must overcome their mutual hatred and develop a taste for teamwork if they want to continue their run for freedom. (1958) 97 Min. (UA/Provided by MGM)
The lawn usually opens at 5pm and the film begins at sunset. In the case of rain, the lawn may be too wet to have people on it but the show will go on as long as there is no thunder, lightning, or torrential rainfall around sunset. Keep in mind, there are no rain dates for the film festival, so if you can handle a little damp weather it’s worth it to come down, snag a seat, and wait out any showers that may pass through.
Visit our website for the final films on the roster for the 2009 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival and check the message at the top of the page for lawn updates before you head over.
Update: The lawn is too wet to have people on it and will remain closed for tonight’s film.