Cinema: Heart Transplant

Past the glass and aluminum office buildings run ribbons of superhighway. Beyond the highway are decayed brownstones and rat-ridden lots that have become the graveyards of automobiles and black aspirations. In this ghetto setting, a group of Negro activists conspire to aid the families of 17 jailed "brothers."

The chief conspirator in The Lost Man is Jason Higgs (Sidney Poitier), a radical organizer who plots a theoretically infallible payroll robbery. But harassed by police and chivied by a disciple of nonviolence (Al Freeman Jr.), Jason seems cursed from the opening. When the robbery...

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