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Uptown Saturday Night (1974)

aka Uptown Saturday Night

"They get funny when you mess with their money."

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Details: 104 mins · English · PG (USA)


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"They get funny when you mess with their money."


Steve Jackson (Sidney Poitier), a blue-collar worker at a steel mill, has just begun a two-weeks-long vacation. He is convinced by his friend Wardell Franklin (Bill Cosby) to go to a party that Saturday night at Madam Zenobia's, an uptown nightclub.

While the two are at the party, the club is robbed. The masked bandits force the patrons to strip to their underwear, then steal their money and jewellery, including Steve's wallet.

The following day, Steve is at home and reading his newspaper when he learns he has won the lottery. However, he realizes that the lottery ticket was in the wallet that was stolen from him, and Steve and Wardell spend the remainder of the film tracking down his wallet by consulting with crooked politicians, fake detectives, con-artists, and underworld crime bosses. As the ad for the film states: "They get funny when you mess with their money".

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1974-06-16 : New York City

Theatrical : 1974-07-26 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1975-01-02 : Australia

Television : 1989-11-18 : West Germany

DVD : 2004-01-13

2011-10-26 : Austria