Uptown Saturday Night

Film, Comedy
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An efficient enough comedy in which Poitier directs himself as straight man to Cosby's slightly demented taxi driver. The film takes off from the first night of their vacation, when a winning lottery ticket is stolen and their attempts to retrieve it involve them in a movie fantasy world of gangsters. Radiating professionalism rather more than inspiration, it boils down to the sum of its star turns, and with the exception of a fairly nauseous opening sequence sketching in Poitier's 'happy marriage', emerges not unlikeably. Calvin Lockhart etches a neat thumb-nail sketch of a ghetto gangster; Belafonte takes off Brando's Godfather; Roscoe Lee Browne adds a touch of acid to his portrayal of a black congressman. But it's Richard Pryor's fleeting yet totally three-dimensional Sharp Eye Washington, a perspiring and achingly nervous phony private eye, who really walks away with the honours.

By: VG

Release details

Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sidney Poitier
Screenwriter: Richard Wesley
Cast: Sidney Poitier
Bill Cosby
Harry Belafonte
Flip Wilson
Richard Pryor
Rosalind Cash
Roscoe Lee Browne
Paula Kelly
Calvin Lockhart
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