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Uptown Saturday Night (1974)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 26 July 1974 (USA)
At Madame Zenobia's illegal nightclub, when Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin get robbed of their wallets containing a winning lottery ticket, they set out to recover it.

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Sidney Poitier

Writer:

Richard Wesley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Poitier ... Steve Jackson
Bill Cosby ... Wardell Franklin
Harry Belafonte ... Geechie Dan Beauford
Flip Wilson ... The Reverend
Richard Pryor ... Sharp Eye Washington
Calvin Lockhart ... Silky Slim
Rosalind Cash ... Sarah Jackson
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Congressman Lincoln
Paula Kelly ... Leggy Peggy
Lee Chamberlin ... Madame Zenobia
Johnny Sekka ... Geechie's Henchman
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Slim's Henchman #1
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Irma Franklin
Don Marshall ... Slim's Henchman #2
Harold Nicholas ... Little Seymour Pettigrew
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Storyline

Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin sneak out of their houses to visit Madame Zenobia's: a high-class but illegal nightclub. During their visit, however, the place is robbed and they are forced to hand over their wallets. Steve's wallet turns out to have contained a winning lottery ticket, and together they must recover their stolen property. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@imdb.com>

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They get funny when you mess with their money.

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Samstagnacht oben in der Stadt See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The roles of Steve and Wardell were written for Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor, but the studio felt they were not big box-office draws. Pryor ended up with a cameo. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase when Steve (Sidney Poitier) was on top of the car he was able to knock out one of Geechie's henchmen with a hammer has the window was open. However later during the chase Steve decided to knock out all the windows with the hammer and somehow the window was now closed. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Superdome (1989) See more »

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Uptown Saturday Night
Music by Tom Scott
Lyrics by Morgan Ames
Sung by Dobie Gray
Produced by Mentor Williams
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Don't Overlook This One
6 October 2001 | by DerrickFerguson1See all my reviews

Despite it's obvious lack of a huge budget and the wildly out-of-style fashions and slang (yes, kids..we really DID dress and talk like that back in the '70's...I KNOW...I was THERE) UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT shouldn't be passed up when it's shown on your cable or satellite provider stations.

Sidney Poitier (who directed) and Bill Cosby play two working stiffs who sneak out of their homes to hang at Madame Zenobia's, a high-class after-hours joint. After bluffing their way in, they immediately set about enjoying themselves at the gambling tables and are on a roll when the joint is robbed. The two consider themselves lucky to have gotten out alive, but then Poitier's character finds out he's got a winning lottery ticket worth $50,000(don't laugh..back in '74, that was a LOT of money) and the two pals start a frantic search to find the robbers and locate the winning ticket (it's in a wallet taken during the robbery)

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT is filled with quirky and oddball hustlers, grifters, crooked politicians, ghetto gangsters and cheap floozies, all brought to life by some of the most talented black actors of the day. And the movie also has two of the most beautiful actresses ever to be filmed, namely Rosalind Cash and Paula Kelly. Poitier and Cosby encounter a series of very funny adventures as their hunt for the winning lottery ticket forces them into a partnership with Geechy Dan Buford (an outlandishly hilarious Harry Belafonte) and Silky Slim (Calvin Lockhart) in order to get it back. Can the two working stiffs outhustle and outwit the hordes of street-wise slicks standing between them and a fortune? Watch the movie to find out and I think you'll agree that its worth the time to find out the answer.

Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby made two other films in this kind of comedy/caper genre. LET'S DO IT AGAIN is just as good (with a thrilling and side-splitting foot chase near the end and Jimmy J.J. Walker as the heavyweight champion boxer of the world) but A PIECE OF THE ACTION is a little bit more on the serious side with an added dose of social commentary...still, during the blaxplotation era of the '70's, these films were a delightful alternative to the 'kill-whitey-stick-it-to-The-Man-superbrotha-pimpin'-and-shootin-' movies that were also being produced then. I recommend all three of them very highly. Enjoy.


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