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
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Did You Know?
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
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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