Piece of the Action

A Piece of the Action

Director: Sidney Poitier

Cast: Hope Clarke, Bill Cosby, Ja'net DuBois

     
 

Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby team again for the comedy A Piece of the Action. The film debuts on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a retrospective documentary featuring interviews with a large number of people…  See more details below

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Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby team again for the comedy A Piece of the Action. The film debuts on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a retrospective documentary featuring interviews with a large number of people involved in the film's production. Trailers for this film as well as for Let's Do It Again and Uptown Saturday Night round out this fine disc from Warner Bros.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
The third and final installment in the Bill Cosby/Sidney Poitier "trilogy," A Piece of the Action again abandons the characters and plot lines of previous outings to provide a new variation on the stars' buddy dynamics. The film also eschews straight-up crime comedy for something a little more socially conscious. Although the comedic bits prove too broad to gel particularly well -- unless one counts the unintentional humor in hearing Poitier meticulously intone, "You not dealing with a boy, titty-sucker" -- the caper elements provide a nice contrast to prevailing Blaxploitation stereotypes. As in Uptown Saturday Night and Let's Do It Again, the film's classy gangster schtick is borrowed from classic crime flicks rather than their gaudier '70s descendants. A Piece of the Action may not have seemed au courant at the time of its release, but its breezy entertainment has dated fairly well. The film also, however, offers a thoughtful streak during the plot thread in which Poitier (echoing his performances in The Blackboard Jungle and To Sir, With Love) teaches job skills to a group of inner-city youths. In stark contrast to such feel-good, white-savior mythology as Dangerous Minds and The Principal, A Piece of the Action treats the subject intelligently and from several angles, exploring downwardly mobile peer pressure and bourgeois guilt with something approaching real insight. The neat ending may not completely resolve such thorny issues, but for a supposedly lightweight romp, this film has a lot on its mind.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2004
UPC:
0085392888627
Original Release:
1977
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
2:15:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Dynamite Duo: A Retrospective," featuring James Earl Jones, Denise Nicholas, Jimmie Walker, John Amos, Julius Harris, screenwriter Richard Wesley, New York Press critic Armond White and Dr. Todd Boyd; Theatrical trailers of this film, Let's Do It Again, and Uptown Saturday Night; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hope Clarke Sarah Thomas
Bill Cosby Dave Anderson
Ja'net DuBois Nellie Bond
Jason Evers Ty Shorter
Frances Foster Bea Quitman
James Earl Jones Joshua Burke
Marc Lawrence Louie
Denise Nicholas Lila French
Sidney Poitier Manny Durrell
Tracy Reed Nikki McLean
Titos Vandis Bruno
Gammy Burdett Actor
Rudy Diaz Actor
Kurt Grayson Actor
Eric Laneuville Actor
Edward Love Actor
Bryan O'Dell Actor
Cyril Poitier Actor
Sheryl Lee Ralph Barbara Hanley
Pat Renella Actor
Wonderful Smith Actor
Ernest Thomas Actor

Technical Credits
Sidney Poitier Director
Charles Blackwell Screenwriter
Marie V. Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Pembroke J. Herring Editor
Timothy March Original Story,Screenwriter
Curtis Mayfield Score Composer
Wiliam L. McCaughey Sound/Sound Designer
William J. McLaughlin Set Decoration/Design
Donald M. Morgan Cinematographer
David Rawley Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Sweeney Production Designer
Melville Tucker Producer
Dwight Williams Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Thief in the Night [5:07]
2. Crime Scene Credits [1:43]
3. Miss Moneybag [4:39]
4. Screwed [2:44]
5. Cashing Out [2:22]
6. Warning Sign [1:55]
7. Important Invitation [5:52]
8. Lunch Summons [3:33]
9. Volunteers [5:43]
10. Job Applicants [4:33]
11. Dues-Paying Orientation [5:21]
12. Board Night [2:38]
13. Surprise Surprise [4:08]
14. Attention Span Spin [6:02]
15. A Different Approach? [2:29]
16. Hitters Getting Hit [5:12]
17. Incentives [5:43]
18. Willie's Interview [4:42]
19. Not Ready [:46]
20. Get to Know Me [3:26]
21. Date Watch [4:02]
22. Common Courtesy [2:11]
23. Man on the Street [3:10]
24. A Night Out [2:50]
25. Open Door [3:50]
26. Getting the Picture [2:15]
27. Suspicious Characters [4:13]
28. Bruno's Got Them [3:02]
29. Burke at Work [3:04]
30. Two Hasty Heists [3:53]
31. The Exchange [4:36]
32. Talking a Deal [3:16]
33. Commencement [7:27]
34. Honest Work [4:38]

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