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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Uptown Saturday Night (1974)





































Starring:
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Bill Cosby
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Flip Wilson
  • Richard Pryor
  • Calvin Lockhart
  • Rosalind Cash
  • Roscoe Lee Browne
  • Paula Kelly
  • Lee Chamberlin


IMDb.com
Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin sneak out of their houses to visit Madame Zenobia's: a high-class but illegal nightclub. During their visit, however, the place is robbed and they are forced to hand over
their wallets. Steve's wallet turns out to have contained a winning lottery ticket, and together they must recover their stolen property.

Uptown Saturday Night is timeless. the cast was as strong as the stars of their times, and it would be hard row to hoe, to try and duplicate or re-make. Poitier and Cosby were priceless, and Harry Belafonte and Richard Pryor in their roles elevated the story. i have it on VHS and not a week goes by that i don't cue up at least one or two scenes, even if just to see and hear Cosby tell lie after lie. a true classic. The humor was slick and clean for it's time without the profanity and vulgarity which is the norm of today's genre. I did enjoy both Barbershop films, but it pales in comparison to USN. maybe because i'm from the old school, and I hold the trailblazers with high esteem and respect. Uptown Saturday Night made it's mark, and still does.

A link to the original score:

http://www.blaxploitationpride.org/2015/06/ton-scott-and-la-express-uptown.html

3 comments:

Mystic Melvin said...

At the time I was on the U.S.Warners D.J.mailing list and they sent me the Bill Harris 7",I never found a copy of the album.The only other Bill Harris track I have is "Am I Cold Am I Hot" on R.C.A.

Funkback said...

Mystic Melvin please consider e-mailing me ASAP funkback@gmail.com regarding the Bill Harris 7".

Stretch said...

Another classic...please consider placing Richard Pryor's movie "Bustin Loose" on here. Thanks

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