The first in a trio of very broad comedies from director Sidney Poitier features Poitier and Bill Cosby as two small-time hustlers always looking for an angle. During a robbery at a swanky nightclub, they are relieved of their wallets, only to find later that one of them had a lottery ticket that came up a winner. The chase is on as they scour the city to find their prize, along the way running up against Harry Belafonte as a sly and suave mob kingpin (with a nod to Don Corleone) with his eye on the ticket as well. Heavily influenced by the screwball comedies of the 1940s but with the thoroughly modern air of 1970s black culture, Uptown Saturday Night
is a breezy affair with some old pros at the helm. --Robert Lane
- Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- 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