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Piece of the Action, a

Sidney Poitier , Bill Cosby , Sidney Poitier    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars An old school film helps a healthy heart March 12 2008
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Gentlemen, I want to be fair and relieve your minds. Neither of you knows what my business with the other one is. Therefore you are safe from each other. This is confidential. Trust me."

- Joshua Burke (James Earl Jones)

Well, this movie is more mainstream than the typical blaxploitation due to the stardom of Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier, "A Piece of the Action" was the third and last pairing of this sequel. The film's plot is quite weak but the charm is still there. Charming crooks Dave Anderson (Cosby) and Manny Durrell (Poitier) are high-class con men who have never run afoul of the law. Joshua Burke (James Earl Jones) is a retiring detective with enough evidence on the both of them to put them behind bars. He offers to maintain his silence if the crooks will go straight and do work at a youth center for delinquents. Thus our story line kicks off but goes nowhere fast. At first, the crooks are reluctant and unwilling (and so are the kids). As time goes by, trust and admiration is exchanged (as well as cold cash) and progress is made to get jobs for the kids.

The film walks a difficult path between comedy and social commentary but feels very comfortable to watch. Some of the dialogue is over done but others are truly heartwarming...I teared up twice on different occasions. Poitier trades on his performance as the school teacher who brings a London East End class to life in To Sir, With Love. Cosby's performance leans more toward his films that bombed, with mostly unrelated mugging and schtick making up his performance, that hopefully is improvised. Denise Nicholas as Lila French and Tracy Reed as Manny's girlfriend Nikki portray there roles quite well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars glad to have this on DVD March 21 2004
Format:DVD
I can watch Sidney&Bill all day long period.there films had style,balance&a coolness about them all rolled into one.this film takes the fellows to the Hood to educate&teach students how to get jobs.Denise Nichols is a foxy Lady Yes Lawd! Cosby was grooving on the dance floor in this film.great to see sheryl lee Ralph in this film.I dug the realness&vibe with this film that dealt with all kinds of backgrounds of students.on point commentary as well.Props.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Among the Best of its kind! Jan. 29 2004
Format:DVD
I LOVED this movie as a young teenager. Cosby and Poitier are forced to mend their ways and do the "To Sir With Love" thing with kids in a ghetto. Mighty satisfying scenes that are still worth watching today without being hokey. Love the fadeout where Bill Cosby does "the bump" with this heavyset lady that sends him halfway across the room (this scene is surprisingly done in a way that doesn't degrade the lady in question) as they dance to the Staple Singers' title song. But enough of that-SEE IT, and ENJOY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Wholesome Comedy Nov. 11 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I love this classic movie, about 2 men being forced to changed their evil ways, by working in a community center with under privilege youths, all the while trying to find the mystery man who is behind this blackmailing scheme. The movie features Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier, Denise Nicholas, James Earl Jones, Tracy Reed, and many more up and coming actors and actressess.
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