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Let's Do It Again (1975)

Two Atlanta men raise funds for their charity by rigging boxing matches in New Orleans, but their tricks attract the mob's attention.

Director:

Sidney Poitier

Writers:

Richard Wesley (screenplay), Timothy March (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Poitier ... Clyde Williams
Bill Cosby ... Billy Foster
Calvin Lockhart ... Biggie Smalls
John Amos ... Kansas City Mack
Jimmie Walker ... Bootney Farnsworth
Ossie Davis ... Elder Johnson
Denise Nicholas ... Beth Foster
Lee Chamberlin ... Dee Dee Williams
Mel Stewart ... Ellison
Julius Harris ... Bubbletop Woodson
Paul Harris ... Jody Tipps (as Paul E. Harris)
Val Avery ... Lt. Bottomley
Morgan Roberts Morgan Roberts ... Fish an' Chips Freddie
Talya Ferro Talya Ferro ... Biggie's Crony #1
Doug Johnson Doug Johnson ... Biggie's Crony #2
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Storyline

Clyde Williams and Billy Foster are a couple of blue-collar workers in Atlanta who have promised to raise funds for their fraternal order, the Brothers and Sisters of Shaka. However, their method for raising the money involves travelling to New Orleans and rigging a boxing match. Using hypnotism, they turn the scrawny underdog into a super-confident fighting machine. They bet heavily on him, he wins easily, and they return to Atlanta with their money. All is fine until the gangsters conned by these two figure out what happened show up in Atlanta with a grudge. Now Williams and Foster have to rig the fight again so the gangsters can get their money back or they'll be killed. Can they do it again...? Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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It's the same two dudes from "Uptown Saturday Night"...but this time they're back with kid dyn-o-mite!

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu Outra Vez See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,800,000, 31 December 1975
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Amos, who plays Kansas City Mack, played Jimmy Walker's father in the television show Good Times (1974). See more »

Quotes

Billy Foster: [singing off-key] Oh Champ! We loves you, yes we do. Oh Champ! We loves you whether you wiiiiiin or loooooose! Oh Champ! Oh Champ! We loves you thiiiiick aaaand
[sings low]
Billy Foster: thiiiiiin!
[Normal voice]
Billy Foster: Get down. Get down.
Ellison: [Turns to Bootney's guards] Call the police.
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Referenced in Dead Teenagers (2007) See more »

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Let's Do It Again
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by the The Staple Singers
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well done, very funny
6 April 2003 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier play working class men who want to get rich. They come up with $20,000 for a scheme, but $18,000 of that comes from their lodge's building fund. The men take their wives to New Orleans and, while there, they see an opportunity in an inept boxer, played by Jimmie Walker, who has the opportunity to win the middleweight title. Poitier hypnotizes the boxer and makes him very confident, and the men pose as New York millionaires and place bets with a bookie (well played by John Amos) who later figures out what they did and wants to take advantage of the situation, possibly bringing down rival Biggie Smalls.

Cosby is his usual self, only hipper (especially when he dresses in wild outfits to pretend to be rich). It's a real pleasure to see Poitier in a role that you can laugh at, since most of his characters have been so sophisticated. The two men together are great, especially when they are trying to get out of jams. I especially enjoyed seeing Cosby pretend to be a big-time gangster while talking on the phone. Walker, of course, was one of the best buffoons in 1970s TV, and he doesn't disappoint here. Even when his character is confident and talented, he still has that cartoonish quality about him.

Curtis Mayfield's music, with vocal performances by the Staples Singers, added a lot to the movie.

It wasn't quite a family movie, but it was quite clean compared to similar movies being made today, with very little cursing and not much to really object to.

I had a good time.


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