Uptown Saturday Night (1974)




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Uptown Saturday Night is a delightful comedy directed by and starring Sidney Poitier. Steve Jackson (Sidney Poitier) is a factory worker. One evening, when boredom gets the best of him, Steve and his pal Wardell (Bill Cosby) decide to go to an underground gambling club to have some fun. While they are there the place is held-up and Steve's wallet is stolen. When Steve and Wardell learn that the wallet contains a winning lottery ticket, the friends go on a desperate search to find it. Shape Eye Washington (Richard Prior), an incompetent private eye, is enlisted to aid them in their search through the criminal underworld where they come up against Geechie Dan Beauford (Harry Belafonte) the mobster who runs the town. Belafonte, in a hilarious parody of Marlon Brando in The Godfather, steals the show. The movie was a huge success and led to two sequels, Let's Do It Again and A Piece of the Action, both also directed by Poitier.
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Sidney Poitier
as Steve Jackson
Bill Cosby
as Wardell Franklin
Harry Belafonte
as Geechie Dan Beauford
Flip Wilson
as The Reverend
Richard Pryor
as Sharp Eye Washington
Rosalind Cash
as Sarah Jackson
Roscoe Lee Browne
as Congressman Lincoln
Paula Kelly
as Leggy Peggy
Lee Chamberlin
as Mme. Zenobia
Johnny Sekka
as Geechie's Henchman
Calvin Lockhart
as Silky Slim
Lincoln Kilpatrick
as Slim's Henchman No. 1
Ketty Lester
as Irma Franklin
Don Marshall
as Slim's Henchman No. 2
Harold Nicholas
as Little Seymour
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Critic Reviews for Uptown Saturday Night

All Critics (7)

Very dated humor with youngish Cosby and Poitier...who directs OK.

August 1, 2005

...harmless enough, flimsy and almost forgettable entertainment but easy going down.

Full Review… | January 7, 2004
Movie Metropolis

An uproarious urban comedy that's sure to cater to the crowd. Poitier and Cosby make for a riotous duo in this flipppant farce.

May 28, 2003

Great buddy chemistry between Cosby and Poitier make this a 70's classic.

March 19, 2003

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July 30, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Uptown Saturday Night

This was a movie that I had always heard of but had no idea what it was about, so I was very charmed by the idea of two middle class guys trying to track down whoever robbed an illegal nightclub when they realize there's a winning lotto ticket in one of their wallets. Great stuff, a fun blend of humor and drama.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Not as good as "Let's Do It Again", but has its moments.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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Something about Bill Cosby picking a fight makes me laugh.

Keith Munley
Keith Munley

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