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27 February 1978 (Denmark) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Sidney Poitier ... Manny Durrell

Bill Cosby ... Dave Anderson

James Earl Jones ... Joshua Burke

Denise Nicholas ... Lila French
Hope Clarke ... Sarah Thomas

Tracy Reed ... Nikki McLean
Titos Vandis ... Bruno
Frances Foster ... Bea Quitman

Jason Evers ... Ty Shorter

Marc Lawrence ... Louie

Ja'net DuBois ... Nellie Bond
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Beecham ... Percy 'Bubba' Watkins
Thomas Benjamin ... Anthony
Tamu Blackwell ... Cheryl
Jack Brami ... Jesus
Gammy Burdett ... Emma McLean
Gloria Delaney ... Secretary

Rudy Diaz ... Stosh
Dianne Oyama Dixon ... Denise Orville (as Dianne Dixon)
Estelle Evans ... Alberta Ballard
Kurt Grayson ... Dirk

Eric Laneuville ... Gerald
Edward Love ... Willie Mangum
Bryan O'Dell ... Roscoe
Cyril Poitier ... Mr. Theodore
Sherri Poitier ... Cookie

Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Barbara Hanley
Albert Reed ... Randolph Ballard
Pat Renella ... Nikos

Angus Scrimm ... Monk (as Lawrence Guy)

Karole Selmon ... Sheila Moran
Essex Smith ... Maintenance Man
Wonderful Smith ... Daniel McLean

Ernest Thomas ... John
Theoris Usher ... Malcom Pomeroy
Steve Vignari ... Cesar
Bill Walker ... Clair Hurst
Candy Ward ... Hedda Champion

James Wheaton ... Voisin Waiter
Frances E. Williams ... Naomi Chamberlain
Gammy Singer ... Mrs. McLean (uncredited)
Charles Walker ... Parking lot attendant (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Poitier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Blackwell 
Timothy March  story

Produced by
Pembroke J. Herring .... associate producer
Kris Keiser .... associate producer
Melville Tucker .... producer
Original Music by
Curtis Mayfield 
Cinematography by
Donald M. Morgan 
Film Editing by
Pembroke J. Herring 
Casting by
Karen Rea  (as Karen Grossman)
Production Design by
Alfred Sweeney 
Set Decoration by
Bill McLaughlin  (as William J. McLaughlin)
Makeup Department
Eddie M. Barron .... hair stylist
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mickey McCardle .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Malcolm Atterbury Jr. .... second unit director (as Malcolm Atterbury)
Craig Huston .... second assistant director
Kalai Strode .... dga trainee
Dwight Williams .... assistant director
Art Department
Pat O'Connor .... property master
Stan Cockerell .... set dresser (uncredited)
Carey Harris Jr. .... swing gang (uncredited)
Leon Harris .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Harry R. Kemm .... set designer (uncredited)
William Ladd Skinner .... set designer (uncredited)
Fritz Strasser .... leadman (uncredited)
Greg F. Thomas .... swing gang (uncredited)
Richard Valdez .... swing gang (uncredited)
Sound Department
Willie D. Burton .... production sound mixer
William L. McCaughey .... sound (as William McCaughey)
John Riordan .... sound editor
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator (uncredited)
Tony Brubaker .... stunt double
Henry Kingi .... stunts
Julius LeFlore .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Minor .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Schwiebert .... camera operator
Larry Boelens .... gaffer (uncredited)
John Brewer .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Doug Byers .... electrical best boy (uncredited)
Don Chase .... grip (uncredited)
Richard Dow .... dolly grip (uncredited)
William W. Gillohm .... still photographer (uncredited)
Gregg Guellow .... best boy (uncredited)
Ron Kenyon .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Robert D. McBride .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Allen J. Pettebone .... electrical best boy (uncredited)
Calvin Sterry .... key grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Brown .... wardrobe
David Rawley .... wardrobe
Winnie D. Brown .... costumer: women (uncredited)
Ermon Sessions .... set man (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Lane .... assistant film editor (as Dick Lane)
Location Management
Harry Zubrinsky .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Gil Askey .... conductor
Gil Askey .... music arranger
Curtis Mayfield .... lyrics
William Saracino .... music editor
Mavis Staples .... music performer: songs
Transportation Department
Jerry Cipperly .... assistant transportation captain (uncredited)
Gene Clinesmith .... driver (uncredited)
Henry Compton .... driver (uncredited)
John Conte .... driver (uncredited)
Nick Falco .... driver (uncredited)
Dave Kupp .... driver (uncredited)
Jack Lietzke .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Wendy Atterbury .... script supervisor
Arthur Mitchell .... choreographer
Vincent Tubbs .... unit publicist
Claire Mactague .... production secretary (uncredited)
Micki Z. McMillan .... executive secretary to producer and director (uncredited)
Reginald Poitier .... personal valet: Sidney Poitier (uncredited)
Sioux Richards .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Arlene Sieja .... publicity secretary (uncredited)

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135 min
Color (Metrocolor)
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Sheryl Lee Ralph's film debut.See more »
Continuity: When Mr. Bruno gives the case to Mrs. Foster, the hand holding the case changes.See more »
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Edited into Afro Promo (1997)See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Lots of issues in a just fair film, 11 October 2015
Author: SimonJack from United States

"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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