A Piece of the Action (film)

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A Piece of the Action
Piece of the Action movie poster.jpg
A Piece of the Action promotional movie poster
Directed by Sidney Poitier
Produced by Melville Tucker
Written by Charles Blackwell Based upon a story by Timothy March
Starring Sidney Poitier
Bill Cosby
James Earl Jones
Music by Curtis Mayfield
Cinematography Donald M. Morgan
Edited by Pembroke J. Herring
Production
  company
First Artists
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) October 7, 1977 (1977-10-07)
Running time 135 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Piece of the Action is a 1977 comedy crime film starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. Poitier also directed the film. This was the third film pairing of Poitier and Cosby following Uptown Saturday Night and Let's Do It Again, and Poitier's last acting role for more than 10 years, as he focused his attentions on just directing. The film also stars James Earl Jones.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Dave Anderson (Cosby) and Manny Durrell (Poitier) are two high-class sneak thieves who have never been caught. Joshua Burke (Jones) is a retired detective who has enough evidence on the both of them to put them behind bars. Instead, he offers to maintain his silence if the crooks will go straight and do work at a youth center for delinquents. At first, the crooks are reluctant and unwilling (and so are the kids). As time goes by they gain the trust and admiration of the kids and they start to enjoy the job. All goes well until someone out of the past tells them they have to do one last heist...or else...

Remakes[edit]

In 2002, it was announced that Will Smith and his production company, Overbrook Entertainment, had secured the rights to the trilogy for remakes to star Smith and to be distributed by Warner Bros.. Smith stated that he hoped to get Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence and other famous African-American stars to be in the films.[1][2]

Cast[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Reid, Shaheem (March 28, 2002). "Will Smith Secures Rights To Sidney Poitier/ Bill Cosby Flicks". VH1. Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Denzel Washington and Will Smith to Team Up in Uptown Saturday Night Remake?". Internet Movie Database. January 5, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2010. 

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