Uptown Saturday Night

Synopsis: Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin sneak out of their houses to visit Madame Zenobia's: a high-class but illegal nightclub. During their visit, however, the place is robbed and they are forced to hand over their wallets. Steve's wallet turns out to have contained a winning lottery ticket, and together they must recover their stolen property.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Sidney Poitier
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min



Would you mind living in the country?

Course not. You're forgetting

I was born in the country. It's in my blood.

Someday maybe we can move back

down South someplace.

I think that would be real nice, baby.

Okay, I'm going to keep that in mind.

-You know, I was just thinking.


About when we first met.

You were living on Somerset Street

with your sister, Lela.

I was a young girl,

fresh from the country then.

You had the biggest butt I ever saw.

-Steve, if you don't stop....

-But it's the truth. Good-looking behind.

Said to myseIf when I first saw it:

"She got to be from down home...

"because they don't make behinds

like that in the city."


It's the truth.

Don't you men ever think

about nothing besides behinds?

-Legs and b*obs, but mostly behinds.


I remember.

You sneaked through

the living-room window in the house...

with that crazy Charles...

-because he wanted to surprise Lela.

-Yeah, old Charles.

He was in a hurry to get home

from that war.

-He was your sister's first husband, right?

-No, honey, third.

You all looked so good in your uniforms,

especially you.

You know I didn't.

I was so tacky,

I didn't want you to see me.

I saw you. I couldn't miss that butt.

However, I knew the next time

you saw me, I'd have it together...

and you wouldn't be able to resist me.

Yeah, I knew it, too.

I took you out on our first date that night.

Yes, you did.

-Those were some beautiful days.

-Weren't they?

-Those walks we used to take in the park.

-You were the freshest man.

I was only doing

what a man's supposed to do.

-No, you were fresh, Steve Jackson.

-I wonder if that tree's still there.

You ain't no damn good, you know that?

I used to stop by that tree,

and we used to kiss.

-I don't want to hear it.

-I used to take you out by that tree...

and press you against it real hard

and you used to love it.


-No, it's the truth.

You'd hardly wait till I came and took you

to that tree and press you against it.

You used to say, "Steve, press me again! "

Steve, you know you lying.

You know you are.

-You couldn't get enough of that tree.

-Oh, man.

That was all an act.

-An act?

-Yes, siree.

-Sarah, you was hardly acting.

-Yes, I was, too.

You just didn't know what was going on.

I knew if I acted all shy and scared,

that would make you like me more.

-Woman, you can't fool me with no act.

-I see you married to me.

I got to admit you got me there, Sarah.

But if I had to do it all over again,

I wouldn't change a thing.

-You know something?


After 20 years of marriage,

two kids, and three jobs...

you still got the biggest butt I ever saw.

You're my queen, Sarah.

Thank you, my dear husband.

lt makes me very happy

to hear you say that.

Young blood.

-What's happening?

-Same old, same as old here.

Vacation starts today?

-You decided what you gonna do?

-I don't know.

Might walk the streets for two weeks...

bringing sunshine and brightness

to lonely dudes like you.

That's not funny.

-Come on. I'll buy you a drink.


How's your other job?

Rotten, boring, and underpaid,

but thank you, Jesus.

-Yes, Lord. Same here.

-Say, man, let's go to Zenobia's tonight.



You got to be crazy.

We ain't got that kind of money.

Will we ever? Come on, man.

I feel like cutting loose.

Bottle of beer costs $5 in that place.

You only live once.

What you say, homeboy?

Nothing doing. You ever been there?

Yeah...and no.

I dropped some people off with the cab...

but there be some fine mamas coming

in that place.

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Richard Wesley

Richard Wesley (born July 11, 1945) is an American playwright and screenwriter. He is an associate professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in the Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing. Wesley was born in Newark, New Jersey, to George and Gertrude Wesley, and grew up in the Ironbound section. After finishing high school, he studied playwriting and dramatic literature at Howard University and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1967.He is married to author Valerie Wilson Wesley. As of 2000, he was a resident of Montclair, New Jersey. more…

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