A Warm December

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A Warm December
A Warm December FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed bySidney Poitier
Written byLawrence Roman
StarringSidney Poitier
Esther Anderson
Music byColeridge-Taylor Perkinson
CinematographyPaul Beeson
Edited byPembroke J. Herring
Distributed byNational General Pictures
Release date
  • May 23, 1973 (1973-05-23)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,600,000 (US/ Canada rentals)[1]

A Warm December is a 1973 American romantic drama film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring him in the lead role as Dr. Matt Younger. It also starred Jamaican actress Esther Anderson as Catherine, Matt's love interest. Anderson's role of an African princess won her a NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in 1973. It is also notable for an appearance of Letta Mbulu's singing "Nonqonqo" with an African choir, written by Miriam Makeba. Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson wrote and conducted the score.

The story was influenced by Roman Holiday and Love Story.[citation needed]


Dr. Matt Younger (Poitier) is a recently widowed American, who takes his daughter (Yvette Curtis) on a month long vacation in London. While there, he meets Catherine (Anderson), the daughter of an African Ambassador (Earl Cameron). As the pair begin to develop feelings for one another, Dr. Younger learns that the men following Catherine are her bodyguards that protect her, not only because she is the niece of an important ambassador, but also because she has a Sickle-cell disease. When Dr. Younger proposes, Catherine must decide between love and loyalty to her country.[2]


  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 60
  2. ^ "Warm December". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2018-04-18.

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