Uptown Saturday Night

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Released 1974

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Director:
Sidney Poitier
Released:
1974
Rating:
PG

Uptown Saturday Night is a hilarious 1974 comedy that pairs Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby as ordinary working men trying to pose as criminal masterminds. Blue collar workers Steve Jackson (Sidney Poitier) and Wardell Franklin (Bill Cosby) decide to start their vacation with a little secret fun by visiting the uptown (and illegal) gambling club Madame Zenobia's behind their wives' backs. Unfortunately, the club gets robbed by Silky Slim (Calvin Lockhart), who also takes everyone's personal belongings. Since the police cannot be notified, Steve and Wardell figure they will just accept the loss as a lesson learned. Until the next morning, when Steve discovers that the lottery ticket he had in the wallet is worth a $50,000 payout, the two best pals decide to take to the streets. They seek the help of underworld honcho Geechie Dan Beauford (Harry Belafonte) and ineptly try to tangle with an assortment curious characters from Sharp Eye Washington (Richard Pryor) to The Reverend (Flip Wilson). Sidney Poitier also directed this winning comedy combination, which led to two later pairings in "Let's Do it Again" and "A Piece of the Action."

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    African-American Comedy