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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

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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

Flip Wilson's first film performance. 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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Followed by Let's Do It Again (1975) 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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Uptown Saturday Night was an enjoyable first teaming of Poitier and Cosby
24 February 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

In reviewing movies in chronological order that featured African-Americans for Black History Month, we're now at 1974 with Uptown Saturday Night. This was the first of three buddy comedies that paired Sidney Poitier with Bill Cosby. This was also Poitier's third directorial assignment after Buck and the Preacher and A Warm December. Instead of the perfect professional characters superstar Sidney had been playing for years, here he's just a working class man named Steve Jackson who's pals with Cosby's Wardell Franklin. As Steve's wife Sarah, Rosalind Cash has some nice, and partially racy, dialogue with Poitier but Ketty Lester seems wasted as Wardell's spouse Irma. With a script by Richard Wesley, Poitier shows some amusing touches though it does take a while for the story, about getting robbed as the two leads spend the night at an illegal gambling joint called Zenobia's before Steve finds out his winning lottery ticket was among the stolen items, to kick into gear. When it does you get treated to a hilarious supporting cast like Flip Wilson as the Reverend, Richard Pryor as Sharp Eye Washington, Roscoe Lee Browne as Congressman Lincoln (dig the way he turns a frame of Nixon to that of Malcoln X and then puts on his African digs when he meets his "constituents" Steve and Wardell), Paula Kelly as Lincoln's wife Leggy Peggy who the boys previously met at Zenobia's, and dancer Harold Nicholas as Little Seymour Pettigrew. That last character has a hilarious encounter with Cosby and Poitier himself cuts loose with some jokes you didn't think would come out of him. Also loved many of the "fights" the Cos instigates. Then there's Calvin Lockhart as Silky Slim and Harry Belafonte as Geechie Dan Beauford. These are rival gangsters that Steve and Wardell seek out to help find the stolen goods. Belafonte looks like he's having the time of his life impersonating Marlon Brando's Godfather role though I found him fitfully amusing like when he threatened to "knock the black off" Poitier and Cosby. Still, Uptown Saturday Night was a mostly enjoyable comedy that I bought on DVD with A Piece of the Action on the disc's other side. Dig Cosby's beard!


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