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Uptown Saturday Night

4.7 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews

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Two small time hustlers loose a winning lottery ticket in a robbery. They scour the city and battle thugs to retrieve it.

DVD Features:
Featurette:Dynamite Duo: A Retrospective
Theatrical Trailer

Special Features

  • Commentary by Dr. Todd Boyd, USC professor of cinema and television and author if "Am I Black Enough for You: Popular Culture from the 'Hood and Beyond"
  • The Lowdown on Uptown: a retrospective featuring James Earl Jones, Denise Nicholas, Jimmie Walker, Julius Harris, filmmaker Oscar Williams, screenwriter Richard Wesley, New York Press critic Armond White, fashion designer Ron Finley, and Dr. Todd Boyd, USC professor of cinema and television

Product Details

  • Actors: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Rosalind Cash, Lee Chamberlin
  • Directors: Sidney Poitier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TWMQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,551 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Uptown Saturday Night" on IMDb

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After Sidney Poitier proved himself time and again as one of the more accomplished actors of his time in such dramatic films as A Raisin in the Sun (1961), In the Heat of the Night (1967), and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), he tried his hand at comedies, which he not only directed, but also starred in with funny man Bill Cosby, who, at the time, established himself in television series like "I Spy", "The Bill Cosby Show", and "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids". The result was a trio of films, this one titled Uptown Saturday Night (1974) being the first (and most popular), with Let's Do It Again (1975) and A Piece of the Action (1977) to follow. Also appearing is singer Harry Belafonte (Island in the Sun), Rosalind Cash (The Omega Man), Roscoe Lee Browne (Topaz, Super Fly T.N.T.), Paula Kelly (Soylent Green), Harold Nicholas (The Five Heartbeats), Calvin Lockhart (Let's Do It Again), Flip Wilson ("Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"), and the late, great Richard Pryor (Car Wash, Silver Streak), in a small role as private detective Sharp Eye Washington, a part Bill Cosby was originally interested in playing.

Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby are Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin, respectively, a pair of working class stiffs (Steve works in a mill, while Wardell drives a cab), looking to get a piece of the, wait, that's the title of their third film...anyway, one night, the two men decide to visit an `after hours' club, essentially an exclusive nightclub featuring illegal gambling, called Zenobia's. The place is jumping, full of fly guys, foxy mamas, and hot, funky music...and gambling. Just as the pair hits it big on the dice table, a gang of masked gunmen raid the joint, robbing the place blind. The next day Steve discovers he's won $50,000 dollars in the lottery, but guess what?
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Out of the three comedies starring Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier -- 1974's UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT, 1975's LET'S DO IT AGAIN and 1977's A PIECE OF THE ACTION -- this one has always been my favorite, even though the other two were fabulous as well. This classic, non-stop laugh-fest centers around two down-on-their-luck best-buddy hustlers (played by no other than Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier) who happen to con their way into an after-hours nightclub, only to end up being robbed by one of the local gangs. Meanwhile, back at home, one of them discovers that the numbers he played in the lottery, were, in fact, the winning numbers; but then he realizes that the ticket--the winning ticket--that he had was in his wallet...which was stolen during the stick-up at the after-hours club.

And from there, the action begins. The boys go a little "undercover," by scouting out every local gangster, to see which one has got possession of the ticket, and some of the gags they encounter in the process make it all-the-more fun; it's *absolutely* hilarious! Features Harry Belafonte, Flip Wilson, Rosalind Cash, and a cameo appearance by Richard Pryor. Highly recommended if you want a non-stop laugh fest.
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Uptown Saturday Night was one of the first films I looked for when I acquired a DVD player a few years ago. Finally it is available. Nonetheless, one of the major reasons I purchase DVDs is to ascertain what extras and supplements might be included to complement the film itself. I was a little disappointed with what Warner Bros included as "Special Features" for this great film. The commentary by Dr. Todd Boyd is insightful in accurately setting this film in its proper social, cultural, historical context. However Boyd's commentary provides little insight into the making of the movie, the depth of its actors, and behind the scenes dynamics that went into making the film. Like so much commentary available on DVD "extras", Boyd's comments do nothing more than provide a cheering section to the film (i.e. this is a classic scene, I loved this scene, etc.). It would have been nice to have had more input from Richard Wesley who wrote the screenplay, Sidney Poitier who directed and starred in the film, as well as comments from Bill Cosby who is the key comedic figure in this caper film.
I was also disappointed in the "documentary" included as a "Special Feature" entitled "The Lowdown on Uptown: A Retrospective". This "lowdown" is a little too brief and even suffers from false advertisement. On the back of the DVD package, the consumer is led to believe that this retrospective would include comments by Denise Nicholas and Jimmie Walker. I saw or heard nothing from either of them. Again where was Poitier, where was Cosby?
Enough complaints however because this is one of my favorite films of all time. I particularly like the character roles of Roscoe Lee Browne, Richard Pryor, and Flip Wilson. The film also includes great displays of the lives and concerns of Black folk in the mid 1970s. All I have to say as with all DVDs ... bring on more "special features" and "extras".
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Cosby and Potier exhibited good chemistry together in the wild comedy about two friends in search of a stolen lottery ticket. This film is also somewhat of a who's who in African-American entertainment, with Harry Belafonte, Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, among some of the talent filling in the roles. Look for an extremely funny scene featuring Harold Nicholas (of the Nicholas brothers).
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