A Piece of the Action (film)

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A Piece of the Action
Piece of the Action movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sidney Poitier
Produced by Melville Tucker
Screenplay by Charles Blackwell
Story by Timothy March
Starring Sidney Poitier
Bill Cosby
James Earl Jones
Denise Nicholas
Hope Clarke
Tracy Reed
Titos Vandis
Music by Curtis Mayfield
Cinematography Donald M. Morgan
Edited by Pembroke J. Herring
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
October 7, 1977 (1977-10-07)
Running time
135 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Piece of the Action is a 1977 American crime comedy film directed by and starring Sidney Poitier and co-starring Bill Cosby. It was the third film pairing of Poitier and Cosby, following Uptown Saturday Night (1974) and Let's Do It Again (1975). The films are considered a trilogy, even though the actors play characters with different names in each film. It was also Poitier's last acting role for more than a decade, as he focused his attentions on directing only.


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 a past heist comes back to haunt them and they have to make up for it or else.



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]



  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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