Uptown Saturday Night (1974)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  26 July 1974 (USA)
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At Madame Zenobia's illegal nightclub, when Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin get robbed of their wallets containing a winning lottery ticket, they set out to recover it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Reverend
Sharp Eye Washington
Rosalind Cash ...
Sarah Jackson
Congressman Lincoln
Leggy Peggy
Lee Chamberlin ...
Madame Zenobia
Johnny Sekka ...
Geechie's Henchman
Slim's Henchman #1
Ketty Lester ...
Irma Franklin
Don Marshall ...
Slim's Henchman #2
Harold Nicholas ...
Little Seymour Pettigrew


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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Release Date:

26 July 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Samstagnacht oben in der Stadt  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Flip Wilson's first film performance. See more »


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
Music by Tom Scott
Lyrics by Morgan Ames
Sung by Dobie Gray
Produced by Mentor Williams
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Fun with top black performers of the time
11 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My favorite character in "Uptown Saturday Night," is Geechie Dan Beauford, played by Harry Belafonte. He looks like Marlon Brando from the 1972 film, "The Godfather." Beauford is an intentional spoof of Don Corleone, with his cotton-stuffed cheeks. And he's so funny because he's anything but a strong character.

This is one of the early films that Sidney Poitier directed. It is disconnected in places. The script has holes in it and the story is disjointed at times. But, the film brings together a host of talented black performers. Poitier and Bill Cosby are the leads and have some funny encounters throughout as Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin. The supporting cast all add to the fun and humor with their antics. Flip Wilson, Richard Pryor, Cal Lockhart and Roscoe Lee Browne have good roles. Paula Kelly as Leggy Peggy is funny.

This film isn't on the level of comedy that Cosby and company can deliver. But, for light entertainment in a film that brings together several top African-American entertainers, "Uptown Saturday Night" is a good watch.

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