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A Piece of the Action Details


Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier, co-stars of the comic capers Sidney Poitier and Sidney Poitier, team up again for this socially conscious comedy-adventure. This time out, Poitier and Cosby play Manny Durrell and Dave Anderson, Windy City con artists with a long history of cheating crooks who rip off the poor. They are blackmailed by retired cop Joshua Burke (James Earl Jones) into "giving back to the community." Manny and Dave soon find themselves posing as career counselors for a group of surly inner-city youths at a local community center. Despite the efforts of such unruly kids as class clown Gerald (Eric Laneuville) and bitter Barbara (Sheryl Lee Ralph), Manny actually begins to take pride in the help he's giving to his students. Soon, though, he's forced to deal with two additional obstacles: the arrival of his girlfriend's obnoxious parents (Gammy Burdett and Wonderful Smith) and the attentions of a local mobster (Titos Vandis) upset that he's been had. As with his previous Cosby collaborations, Poitier directed A Piece of the Action, whose cast also includes Denise Nicholas as a community center leader, Tracy Reed as Manny's girlfriend, Nikki, and Ja'net DuBois as Nikki's tipsy aunt, Nellie. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi


Hope Clarke
as Sarah Thomas
Bill Cosby
as Dave Anderson
Ja'net DuBois
as Nellie Bond
Jason Evers
as Ty Shorter
Frances Foster
as Bea Quitman
James Earl Jones
as Joshua Burke
Marc Lawrence
as Louie
Sidney Poitier
as Manny Durrell
Titos Vandis
as Bruno
Gammy Burdett
Kurt Grayson
Eric Laneuville
Bryan O'Dell
Cyril Poitier
Sheryl Lee Ralph
as Barbara Hanley
Pat Renella
Sheryl Lee Ralph
as Barbara Hanley


Sidney Poitier
Melville Tucker
Curtis Mayfield
Composer (Music Score)
Alfred Sweeney
Production Designer
David Rawley
Costume Designer
Willie D. Burton
Sound/Sound Designer
Henry Kingi
Stunts Coordinator
Sioux Richards
Script Supervisor