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Zeke
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Jerry
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Bobby Joe
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Eddie Johnson
George Memmoli ...
Jenkins
Lucy Saroyan ...
Arlene Bartowski
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Clarence Hill
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John Burrows
Borah Silver ...
Dogshit Miller
Chip Fields ...
Caroline Brown
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Hank
Leonard Gaines ...
I.R.S. Man
Milton Selzer ...
Sumabitch
Sammy Warren ...
Barney
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Three workers, Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel) and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), 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 Oliver Heidelbach

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The film's main poster emphasized Richard Pryor, who was the top-billed actor. Pryor was a very popular comedian in the 1970s and made a number of films during this era. The main poster featured not one but two images of Pryor's face and none of either Harvey Keitel or Yaphet Kotto. It also ran with a large-font critic's quote that was all about Pryor's performance. The movie is one of Pryor's few dramatic roles and arguably his most famous and significant. See more »

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When Jerry, Zeke and Smoky are casing the union hall, Jerry asks "Who is in the Buick?" The car he is looking at is an Oldsmobile. See more »

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[first lines]
Dogshit Miller: You're not double-checking the stripping. I want it tighter.
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Speak My Mind
Written and performed by J.B. Hutto
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Memorable film
31 December 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Certain films remain at the back of one's mind for many years. The first time I saw the film, on television, I was impressed by the realism of the situation and honesty of acting. The film is enhanced by the driving power of the theme music. Years later, I again saw the film on television and was reminded of it and how good it is. The lead actors, Yaphet Koto, Harvey Keitel and Richard Prior, must have enjoyed much critical acclaim from fellow actors for their performances. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good story without too obvious predictability and easy options, especially those who think that all American movies are romanticism floss.


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