Free of Eden

6.31 h 38 min199818+
"Free of Eden" is the heartwarming tale of Will Cleamons (Sidney Poitier, "In the Heat of the Night"), a middle-aged teacher-turned-businessman who agrees to tutor eighteen-year-old high school dropout Nicole Turner (Sydney Tamiia Poitier, "Death Proof"). To his surprise, their relationship not only helps Nicole build a future but also encourages Cleamons to put his life back together.
Leon Ichaso
Sidney PoitierSydney Tamiia PoitierPhylicia Rashad
English [CC]
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WAReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
When the stdent is ready, will the teacher appear?
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When the student is ready, does the teach always appear? In this movie, the student realized her self-worth and knew who the teacher was going to be. Free of Eden was released in 1998. That's 21 years ago. This is a fantastic movie. The overall theme is Mentorship. It was nice to see Nicole's world unravel and birth two mentors. One for her academic success and the other to assist with her escape. I was at the pier years ago. A man and his brother were catching crabs. One by one, they tossed the live crab in the bucket. Each time a crab would attempt to crawl out, another would pull it back down. This is what happens to anyone trying to break free from a stale/stuck or toxic environment. The distractions serve the purpose to make us unstoppable. *End of the Review.* How I found this movie. Two weeks ago I was searching for a movie written and directed by Ian Poitier. I saw the movie on Amazon in February 2019. The title is "Oh Happy Day." This is not our usual movie genre but, out of the few LGBTQ movies we've watch, Oh Happy Day is by far at the top of the list. My research regarding Ian Poitier led me to understand that he is a relative of Sidney. I couldn't find anything else. I searched for the movie and found an entertainment company in California that no longer owns the rights. The bottom line of my search reveals that the "Oh Happy Day," has been banned in America because of the title. Ian Poitier would not re-title it for sale / distribution in the U.S. As I was sharing this with my neighbor, he said, "My favorite Poitier movie is, Free of Eden." Sometimes a road can lead you onto another road that is equally enjoyable. I would recommend this movie to parents, teachers and mentors.
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JenniferNYReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another heartwarming Didney Poitier mood vie that I will watch over and over again!!!
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A typical Sidney Poitier movie based on politeness, courtesy, morality, helping others, bettering yourself, doing the right thing.

Notable people from history are brought into the story, such as Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Mao Zedong, John F Kennedy, Arthur Ash, Tiger Woods, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jordan, Chubby Checker, Bob Marley, and even the horrible Adolph Hitler.

Beyond that, the plot, the acting and directing were so well done that I never wanted the movie to end.

It is one of those movies that you want to go back and watch several times a year, I just wish that it was available on DVD or BLU-RAY!!!
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ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2019
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Not family friendly due to language.
The production values for Free of Eden were good; clearly the budget was adequate. It is a predictable, feel-good movie. Cinematography was good, story flow was pretty good, dialog was mostly believable. It was interesting in that it brought a number of important historical figures into the story. There were several known actors, chief among them, Sidney Poitier, who carried the film on his capable shoulders. I’ve always liked her father’s work, so I really wanted Sydney Poitier to do well but she was only good. Felicia Rashad did well. Others were overdone or cardboard cutouts. This includes Ms. Poitier’s character’s mom, her girlfriends and the bad guys.
LauraReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is what everybody can benefit from seeing!
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The general theme is being a better person , presented as a tight, elegant story and delivered by powerful actors - all without so much as a grain of schmaltz.
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Joan AndersonReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2019
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Every want a first chance? Ever want a second chance? In this film you get two for the price of one. Best feel good film I've seen in a while.
F. J. UrkumsReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
So Many Edens
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Love this movie. Sidney is his professorial self. His daughter does a pretty good job playing a
girl from the projects who wants to free herself and have a better life. There are so many Edens
all over this country that it is good to see a movie that shows a child "escaping" from her
surroundings. You don't see much of this. We get to see the drive by shootings and the victims
of "snitching" (which in our day we called showing integrity and protecting people),and the baby daddies
and mamas. We know there are better things going on, but in the media what bleeds leads.
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Anita BreakReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderfully thought- provoking film !
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Excellent, thought-provoking movie with a wonderful cast. Sidney Poitier is excellent, as usual, and his real-life daughter is a very good actress ! We show this film to our college psychology classes to open a discussion on poverty, mentoring, and characteristics of a successful person. We highly recommend it.
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Kay Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Production and Writing
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Excellent Story Line with a complete finish.
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