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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.

Director:

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

Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Harry Belafonte's performance is a send-up of Marlon Brando's in The Godfather (1972). 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 »

Connections

Referenced in American Masters: Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Uptown Saturday Night
Music by Tom Scott
Lyrics by Morgan Ames
Sung by Dobie Gray
Produced by Mentor Williams
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one for the ages
15 March 2007 | by gentkSee all my reviews

Uptown Saturday Night is timeless. the cast was as strong as the stars of their times, and it would be hard row to hoe, to try and duplicate or re-make. Poitier and Cosby were priceless, and Harry Belafonte and Richard Pryor in their roles elevated the story. i have it on VHS and not a week goes by that i don't cue up at least one or two scenes, even if just to see and hear Cosby tell lie after lie. a true classic. The humor was slick and clean for it's time without the profanity and vulgarity which is the norm of today's genre. I did enjoy both Barbershop films, but it pales in comparison to USN. maybe because i'm from the old school, and I hold the trailblazers with high esteem and respect. Uptown Saturday Night made it's mark, and still does.


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