Cinema: Nice Guys

A PIECE OF THE ACTION

Directed by Sidney Poitier

Screenplay by Charles Blackwell

Creeping nice-guyism is the curse of the caper film, and there is a soggy half-hour toward the middle of this one when the viewer's tolerance has blotted up all of the loyalty and steadfastness it can ab sorb. Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier are supposed to be big-time thieves, and ri val thieves at that, and the moment comes when the canons of good, trashy cinema require that one of them sell the other's behind to the FBI and disappear with the loot...

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