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26 July 1974 (USA) See more »
They get funny when you mess with their money.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An Excellent,Hilarious,Underrated Comedy Classic. Sidney Poitier And Bill Cosby At Their Best. See more (19 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sidney Poitier ... Steve Jackson

Bill Cosby ... Wardell Franklin

Harry Belafonte ... Geechie Dan Beauford

Flip Wilson ... The Reverend

Richard Pryor ... Sharp Eye Washington

Calvin Lockhart ... Silky Slim

Rosalind Cash ... Sarah Jackson

Roscoe Lee Browne ... Congressman Lincoln

Paula Kelly ... Leggy Peggy

Lee Chamberlin ... Madame Zenobia

Johnny Sekka ... Geechie's Henchman

Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Slim's Henchman #1
Ketty Lester ... Irma Franklin

Don Marshall ... Slim's Henchman #2
Harold Nicholas ... Little Seymour Pettigrew
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lance Taylor Sr.

Jophery C. Brown ... Geechie Dan's Henchman (uncredited)

Morris Buchanan ... Waldorf patron (uncredited)
Richard L. Duran ... Waldorf patron (uncredited)

Stevie Mack ... Church Member (uncredited)
Earl Maynard ... Waldorf bartender (uncredited)

Gene McDaniels ... Member of the Choir (uncredited)

Ray Parker Jr. ... Ray (uncredited)
Cyril Poitier ... Rock (uncredited)
George Reynolds ... Big Percy (uncredited)
Richard Warren ... Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Poitier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Wesley 

Produced by
Pembroke J. Herring .... associate producer
Melville Tucker .... producer
Original Music by
Tom Scott 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp 
Film Editing by
Pembroke J. Herring 
Production Design by
Alfred Sweeney 
Set Decoration by
Robert De Vestel 
Makeup Department
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mickey McCardle .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Chevillat .... second assistant director
Harry F. Hogan Sr. .... second unit director
Charles Washburn .... first assistant director (as Charles C. Washburn)
Art Department
William Ladd Skinner .... set designer
Sound Department
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator
George Malley .... sound (as George A. Maly)
Frank Regula .... sound (as Frank C. Regula)
Harry W. Tetrick .... sound
Terrance Emerson .... utility sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Charles Spurgeon .... special effects
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Brooke Hudson .... stunts
Ernest Robinson .... stunt coordinator
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Kingi .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Byers .... electrician
Owen Marsh .... camera operator (as Owen T. Marsh)
Music Department
Michael Arciaga .... music supervisor
Tom Scott .... conductor
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)

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104 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Errors in geography: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Century of Black Cinema (2003) (V)See more »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
An Excellent,Hilarious,Underrated Comedy Classic. Sidney Poitier And Bill Cosby At Their Best., 5 January 2014
Author: jcbutthead86 from United States

Uptown Saturday Night is an excellent,hilarious and underrated Comedy classic that combines fantastic direction,a terrific cast,great laughs,a well-written script and a memorable score and theme song. All those elements make Uptown Saturday Night one of my favorite Comedies, great laugh out loud entertainment and Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby at their best.

Uptown Saturday Night tells the story of best friends Steve(Sidney Poitier)and Wardell(Bill Cosby),two working class guys who decide to go to Madame Zenobia's,an expensive and high class joint to have fun. While Steve and Wardell are there having a good time,Zenobia's is robbed by a group of thieves who take the money as well as peoples wallets including Steve's wallet which contains a winning lottery ticket. Now,Steve and Wardell are going to through the criminal underworld to get back the wallet and find the guys that robbed them with hilarious results.

Released in 1974,Uptown Saturday Night is a brilliant,offbeat Comedy that came out during the time when blaxploitation films were huge with Black audiences. Then at the height of Blaxploitation movies came Uptown Saturday Night,a Comedy that was the first of a Trilogy of Comedies starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby which also included the sequels Let's Do It Again and A Piece Of The Action,but with Uptown Saturday Night Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby crafted in opinion one of the funniest movies of the 1970s and of all time. From beginning to end Uptown Saturday Night is a movie that is a laugh riot that never stops giving viewers Comedy that is wild and quirky with jokes and laughter that will make you laugh with tears rolling down your eyes and Humor that is so funny your stomach will cramp. What I also love about the Comedy in USN is that the Comedy has a great balance of being over the top,subtle and smart using scenes and some of the main characters to generate laughs and when you watch the film the Comedy is done with amazing build-up and timing and the laughs are well-done with greatness and perfection. Despite having an all-star Black cast,USN is not a Blaxploitation film but a movie that Spoofs and Parodies not only Blaxploitation films but also serious Crime Dramas and Gangster Films that came out during the early to mid 1970s an you as you watch the film you will notice a lot of the Trademarks of Blaxploitation movies,Crime Dramas and Gangster Films turning the genres on their heads in an interesting way. The screenplay by Richard Wesley is impressive and well-written,with Wesley giving the movie great scenes and memorable dialog as well as interesting characters. As long as cinema has been around there have been great movie duos:Laurel and Hardy,Abbott and Costello,Cheech and Chong,Hope and Crosby,Newman and Redford and many more. Another duo that is up there with those tag teams is Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby who are in my opinion one of the greatest and most underrated movie duos in the history of film. What makes the duo of Poitier and Cosby is amazing and incredible is before USN Poitier was a great serious Actor and Cosby was doing Comedy and the Television show I Spy then came Uptown Saturday Night. In USN and it's sequels,the two play the classic straight man/funny guy combination with Poitier being the straight man and Cosby being the funny guy while having fantastic chemistry that feels funny,fresh and real. Poitier and Cosby use their characters in USN to trade off laughs and lots of lines with both actors being hilarious in their own ways and it makes the film work so well. Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby are a classic duo that you will never forget and will stay with you after the movie is over. The ending of Uptown Saturday Night is funny,thrilling and exciting and will put a smile on your face. An terrific conclusion to a classic Comedy.

The whole cast is amazing. Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby are excellent,hilarious and memorable as Steve and Wardell,with Poitier and Cosby having wonderful chemistry and scenes together. Harry Belafonte is amazing and funny as Geechie Dan Beauford,a local gangster with Belafonte doing a laugh out loud parody of Marlon Brando's Godfather role. Calvin Lochart is terrific and smooth as Silky Slim,a rival of Geechie Dan's. Filp Wilson is great and memorable in his small role as The Reverend. Richard Pryor is fantastic and hilarious as Sharp Eye Washington,a crooked private detective. Roselind Cash is good and beautiful as Sarah Jackson,Steve's wife. Lee Chamberlain is fine and sexy as Madame Zenobia,the owner of Zenobias. Roscoe Lee Brown is delightful as Congressman Lincoln,a politician. Paula Kelly is outstanding as Peggy Leggy,Congressman Lincoln's secretary. Harold Nicolas is sensational and funny as Little Seymour Pettigrew,a small,but tough gangster. Ketty Lester(Irma Franklin)and George Reynolds(Big Percy)give good performances as well.

The direction by Sidney Poitier is wonderful,with Poitier always moving the camera and giving the film a great pace and style. Fine direction,Poitier.

The score by Tom Scott is terrific,intense and light matching the tone of the film. Great score,Scott. There is also the fantastic theme song Uptown Saturday Night by Dobie Gray,which awesome and fits with the movie's tone. A catchy and memorable theme song.

In final word,if you love Comedies,Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby,I highly suggest you see Uptown Saturday Night,an excellent,hilarious and underrated Comedy classic that is Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby at their best and is a movie that you can watch again and again. Highly Recommended. 10/10.

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