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A Piece of the Action (1977)

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Dave Anderson and Manny Durrell are two high-class sneak thieves who have never been caught. Joshua Burke is a retired detective who has enough evidence on the both of them to put them ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Poitier

Writers:

Charles Blackwell, Timothy March (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sidney Poitier ... Manny Durrell
Bill Cosby ... Dave Anderson
James Earl Jones ... Joshua Burke
Denise Nicholas ... Lila French
Hope Clarke Hope Clarke ... Sarah Thomas
Tracy Reed ... Nikki McLean
Titos Vandis ... Bruno
Frances Foster Frances Foster ... Bea Quitman
Jason Evers ... Ty Shorter
Marc Lawrence ... Louie
Ja'net DuBois ... Nellie Bond
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Beecham Larry Beecham ... Percy 'Bubba' Watkins
Thomas Benjamin Thomas Benjamin ... Anthony
Tamu Blackwell Tamu Blackwell ... Cheryl
Jack Brami Jack Brami ... Jesus
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Storyline

Dave Anderson and Manny Durrell are two high-class sneak thieves who have never been caught. Joshua Burke is a retired detective who has enough evidence on the both of them to put them behind bars. Instead, he offers to maintain his silence if the crooks will go straight and do work at a youth center for delinquents. At first, the crooks are reluctant and unwilling (and so are the kids). As time goes by they gain the trust and admiration of the kids and they start to enjoy the job. All goes well until someone out of the past tells them they have to do one last heist...or else. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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A delightfully delicious dilemma!

Genres:

Crime | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1978 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Honorables sinverguenzas See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This marks the third time Sidney Poitier directed Bill Cosby, after Uptown Saturday Night (1974) and Let's Do It Again (1975). See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Bruno gives the case to Mrs. Foster, the hand holding the case changes. See more »

Quotes

Dancer in the Disco: David Anderson, you haven't danced with me all night. Now, if you don't dance with me, I'm a gonna holler "Rape"!
Dave Anderson: Is that a request?
Dancer in the Disco: What, the rape or the dance?
Dave Anderson: Don't make no never mind to me.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid
(uncredited)
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Mavis Staples
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Tight work
19 March 2005 | by LUVLIVEZ61500See all my reviews

It was a pretty old school film. Most young adults wouldn't want to watch an old 70's film but this one's got some flavor for ya.The actors did a very good job. The cast was very well put together and the writing was great. I believe that putting Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier on the same screen was one of the best ideas Holly wood ever had. While the movie was serious a lot of the times it was funny as well. It gave me a chance to see some of my favorite actors and actresses from some of my favorite shows in their earlier years and stages of the screen.This movie was loaded with fun, laughs, action and drama. Action and drama, that's my kind of movie !


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