Let's Do It Again


Let's Do It Again

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A pair of blue-collar buddies use hypnosis to turn a wimpy boxer into a champ in this crime comedy, which reunites actor/director Sidney Poitier and comedian Bill Cosby, stars of the similarly themed Uptown Saturday Night. Clyde Williams (Poitier) and Billy Foster (Cosby) want to help raise funds to sustain the Sons and Daughters of Shaka Lodge, their local community group. Given that Clyde was trained as a hypnotist while in the military, the pair decide to con mobster Biggie Smalls (Calvin Lockhart) by placing a high-stakes bet on a boxing match and then using hocus-pocus to transform skinny underdog Bootney Farnsworth (Jimmie Walker) into a bruiser. When Biggie finds out about their ruse, he and his thugs move in to reclaim their money, setting the stage for further laughs and sleight-of-hand. With a supporting cast that includes Denise Nicholas and Lee Chamberlin as the protagonists' wives and Ossie Davis as an elder at their lodge, Let's Do It Again also reunited Good Times stars Walker and John Amos to the silver screen. Cosby and Poitier would return two years later with A Piece of the Action, though Lockhart, another veteran of Uptown Saturday Night, would sit out the final team-up. Hip-hop fans will note that Lockhart's character provided one of the aliases for slain '90s rap star Christopher Wallace, also known as the Notorious B.I.G. The soundtrack for Let's Do It Again featured Curtis Mayfield songs performed by the the Staple Singers.


Sidney Poitier
as Clyde Williams
Bill Cosby
as Billy Foster
Jimmie "J.J." Walker
as Bootney Farnsworth
Calvin Lockhart
as Biggie Smalls
John Amos
as Kansas City Mack
Denise Nicholas
as Beth Foster
Lee Chamberlin
as Dee Dee Williams
Mel Stewart
as Ellison
Julius Harris
as Bubbletop Woodson
Paul E. Harris
as Jody Tipps
Paul Harris
as Jody Tipps
Val Avery
as Lt. Bottomley
Ossie Davis
as Elder Johnson
Talya Ferro
as Biggie's Crony #1
Morgan Roberts
as Fish 'n' Chips Freddie
Doug Johnson
as Biggie's Crony #2
Richard Young
as Biggie's Crony #3
George Foreman
as Factory Worker
Cedric Scott
as Biggie's Crony #4
Jayne Kennedy
as Girl at Factory
Jimmy Lennon Sr.
as Fight Announcer
Med Flory
as Rufus
Erica Hagen
as Girl in Hotel
Hilda Haynes
as Telephone Operator
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Audience Reviews for Let's Do It Again

  • Jul 17, 2011
    Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby use hypnosis to turn a wimpy boxer into a champ. Not the high point of either ones career then. Nice Curtis Mayfield soundtrack though.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2008
    The best Poitier and Cosby teaming. Hilarious.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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