(African American film) A PIECE OF THE ACTION [working title: SOMETHING BIG COMING UP] (Nov 1, 1976) Film script


[Los Angeles]: Vernon Productions, November 1, 1976. Vintage original film screenplay, 11 x 8 1/2″ (28 x 22 cm.), printed wrappers, brad bound, mimeograph, 149 pp. Script has a vertical crease in middle, overall very good+ or better.

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 film had a distinguished African American cast which included James Earl Jones, Denise Nicholas and Hope Clarke.

The screenplay is credited to Charles Blackwell and Sidney Poitier. The eventual film was credited instead to Blackwell and Timothy March. It is of particular interest to study this script in the knowledge that Poitier himself was deeply involved in it.

The front cover has on it the working title Something Big Coming Up, and the new title was stenciled on to it. It has a holograph notation “Incomplete”, which is inaccurate since the script is intact with the final page denoting “The End”.

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