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Uptown Saturday Night (1974)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 26 July 1974 (USA)
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
Silky Slim
Sarah Jackson
Congressman Lincoln
Leggy Peggy
Madame Zenobia
Geechie's Henchman
Slim's Henchman #1
Ketty Lester ...
Irma Franklin
Slim's Henchman #2
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.


Action | Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

26 July 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Samstagnacht oben in der Stadt  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Harry Belafonte's performance is a send-up of Marlon Brando's in The Godfather (1972). 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 »


Followed by A Piece of the Action (1977) See more »


Uptown Saturday Night
Music by Tom Scott
Lyrics by Morgan Ames
Sung by Dobie Gray
Produced by Mentor Williams
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Uptown Saturday Night
31 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

Uninhibited comedy about the efforts of two husbands (Perfectly matched Cosby and Poitier) who try to recover stolen money and a winning lottery ticket before their wives discover that the items are missing. There is great support from Pryor, Wilson, Cash and most notably Belafonte, in a great "Godfather" parody role. For Poitier, who also directed, this was the first of many successful collaborations with Cosby.

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