Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby star before the camera for the final time in the uneven, unfocused comedy crime caper (a cromedy?) A PIECE OF THE ACTION from 1977 and co-starring Denise Nicholas, a young Sheryl Lee Ralph and James Earl Jones.
AUDIO PROBLEMS AHEAD - Len and a poorly mic'd Vince gush all over the 1975 Sidney Poitier - Bill Cosby action comedy that features John Amos in beast mode and Jimmy Walker in least mode.
After giving serious consideration to the comedy of Eddie Murphy, the adaptation of Boomerangand how to create good TV drama, Len takes Vince on trip to his childhood where he first ran across The Defiant Ones.
Sidney Poitier and Eartha Kitt are both renowned for electrifying the screen with their presence but the sparks are low in this unique film for 1950s Hollywood.
Sidney Poitier brings his A-game and his checkbook to the under appreciated BROTHER JOHN, an interesting drama from 1971 that has resonance that continues to shine today. Or so we think.
The magnetism of Sidney Poitier is on full display in this touching drama from the 60s that blends race, social and gender politics of the day into a taught story full of characters and energy. That's what Vince says, anyway.
The emails are in and one of them stings...sharply. After that, Vince introduces the review of 1985's Fast Forward (starring Don Franklin and - remember Michael DeLorenzo?) and sits back to revel in Len's...niceness?
Vince selects a romantic drama set in 1961 Paris, France starring Sidney Poitier and Diahann Carroll alongside Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and defends it as a quintessential Black film. Guess who disagrees?
The Mission kicks off with Vince's favorite movie of all-time - Uptown Saturday Night (1974) in time to reflect on the 70s comedy that showed Sidney Poitier's versatility, Harry Belafonte's comedic chops and Bill Cosby at his grimiest (or so we thought).
MICHEAUX MISSION theme - "Nola" by Bill Lee/Ronnie Dyson