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A Piece of the Action (1977)

Dave Anderson and Manny Durrell are two high-class sneak thieves who have never been caught. Joshua Burke is a retired detective who has enough evidence on the both of them to put them ... See full summary »

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Dave Anderson and Manny Durrell are two high-class sneak thieves who have never been caught. Joshua Burke is a retired detective who has enough evidence on the both of them to put them behind bars. Instead, he offers to maintain his silence if the crooks will go straight and do work at a youth center for delinquents. At first, the crooks are reluctant and unwilling (and so are the kids). As time goes by they gain the trust and admiration of the kids and they start to enjoy the job. All goes well until someone out of the past tells them they have to do one last heist...or else... Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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A delightfully delicious dilemma!

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Crime | Comedy

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27 February 1978 (Denmark)  »

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Honorables sinverguenzas  »

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Sheryl Lee Ralph's film debut. See more »

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(at around 39 mins) The position of Manny's hand changes between shots. See more »

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Referenced in American Masters: Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000) See more »

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Getting Deeper
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Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Mavis Staples
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Lots of issues in a just fair film
11 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Piece of the Action" sets out to be a film about solving several social problems, and it combines these with comedy and crime. But it is too much for a single script to handle well. It involves the rehabilitation of two criminals, played by Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. It is about inner city youths from a racial neighborhood not having the skills to seek and get jobs.

The plot ties these parts together loosely, but the film has some awkward breaks in places. The scripting of the African-American kids reflects the culture of the day. But it seems contrived at times. The rest of the cast do well with the material they have. I just watched this film, and couldn't recall having seen a "young" James Earl Jones before. Had it not been for his very distinguishable, deep voice, I would not have recognized him.


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