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Uptown Saturday Night (1974)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  26 July 1974 (USA)
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Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin sneak out of their houses to visit Madame Zenobia's: a high-class but illegal nightclub. During their visit, however, the place is robbed and they are ... See full summary »

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Congressman Lincoln
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Madame Zenobia
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Irma Franklin
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Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin sneak out of their houses to visit Madame Zenobia's: a high-class but illegal nightclub. During their visit, however, the place is robbed and they are forced to hand over their wallets. Steve's wallet turns out to have contained a winning lottery ticket, and together they must recover their stolen property. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@imdb.com>

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They get funny when you mess with their money.

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26 July 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu num Sábado  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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The roles of Steve and Wardell were written for Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor but the studio felt they were not big box-office draws. Pryor ended up with a cameo. See more »

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The climactic chase at the end takes place on windy, rocky, mountainous roads. There is no area like that anywhere near Chicago, where the film is set. See more »

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Uptown Saturday Night
Written by Tom Scott, Morgan Ames
Sung by Dobie Gray
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Fabulous buddy-flick
2 April 2004 | by (delaware) – See all my reviews

I just saw - again - Uptown and was amazed - again - by the chemistry of the cast and the sheer genius of Bill Cosby. It is definitely dated, style-wise, but it is as contemporary as they come as far as the 'buddy' genre goes. Although Cosby is the focus and star, with Belafonte, Lockhart and Pryor, too, stealing their scenes, one of my favorites is Poitier 'loudtalking' a crime lord. The language is not good, otherwise I'd suggest this is a good movie for older children, but with a little guidance, it would be OK for them, too. Wish there were more movies like this now, but it is a 'classic' in the sense that it overcomes any decade-specific details - the broad comedy and the sharp witty dialog are timeless.


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