Three workers, Zeke, Jerry and Smokey, are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night when they steal away from their wives to have some fun they get the idea to rob the local union's bureau safe. First they think it is a flop, because they get only 600 dollars out of it, but then Zeke realizes that they also have gotten some 'hot' material. They decide to blackmail their union. The best reason for that is the union itself. All three are provoked by the fact that the union claims to have lost 10,000 dollars by their robbery. Written by
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Did You Know?
It was a very tense shoot because the three lead actors, Richard Pryor
, Yaphet Kotto
and Harvey Keitel
argued constantly. There were fights, verbal abuse, walk-offs and Mexican stand-offs. According to Paul Schrader
, Pryor punched Keitel and hit Kotto with a chair during filming. See more
When Jerry, Zeke and Smoky are casing the union hall, Jerry asks "Who is in the Buick?" The car he is looking at is a Pontiac. See more
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References The Pink Panther
"From Barrooms to Bedrooms'
Written by David Wills and Sy Rosenberg
Performed by David Wills
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