Wow, was I in for a delightful surprise. Cosby already showed his genius and sensitivity. His film is a masterpiece.
The movie may be viewed as a period piece of life in the projects in the early 1970's. However, as with Cosby's later work, universal themes come through so that the film skillfully portrays both its time and also transcends its period.
The film has all it needs to become a classic except for publicity. This film should be re-released and given the marketing it deserves to reach a wide audience.