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Release Date:
14 April 1973 (Japan) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Hooks ... Mr. T

Paul Winfield ... Chalky Price

Ralph Waite ... Pete Cockrell

William Smithers ... Captain Joe Marx (as Bill Smithers)

Paula Kelly ... Cleo

Julius Harris ... Big

Bill Henderson ... Jimmy
Wayne Storm ... Frank
Akili Jones ... Billy Chi
Vince Howard ... Preston
Stack Pierce ... Collie
Lawrence Cook ... Buddy (as Larry Cook)

Virginia Capers ... Macy
Rick Ferrell ... Pindar
James 'Texas Blood' Brown ... Wesley

Tracy Reed ... Policewoman

Felton Perry ... Bobby Golden
Nathaniel Taylor ... Leroy (as Jita Hadi)

John Crawford ... Sergeant Koeppler
Howie Steindler ... Howie

Gordon Jump ... Salter
Ed Cambridge ... Sam (as Edmund Cambridge)
Lou Peralta ... Detective Vadez
John Gruber ... Detective Millers
Charlene Jones ... Lucille
Karen Welch ... Salter's Secretary
Betty Bresler ... Nurse Katz

Jeannie Bell ... Leona (as Jean Bell)
Eric Strode ... Dude
William Stevens ... Bogus Cop

Harrison Page ... Bogus Cop
Simeon Holloway ... Watchman
John Edwards ... Abbey Walsh (as Johnny Edwards)
Tom Hernández ... Police Sergeant (as Tom Hernandez)
Danny Lopez ... Danny (as Danny 'Little Red' Lopez)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Harry Caesar ... Walter - Pool Room Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Ivan Dixon 
Writing credits
John D.F. Black (written by)

Produced by
John D.F. Black .... executive producer
Joel Freeman .... producer (as Joel D. Freeman)
Original Music by
Marvin Gaye 
Cinematography by
Michel Hugo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Kahn 
Casting by
Eddie Foy III 
Art Direction by
Albert Brenner 
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman 
Makeup Department
Bernadine M. Anderson .... makeup artist (as Bernadine Anderson)
Ann Wadlington .... hair stylist
Production Management
Clarence Eurist .... unit production manager (as Clarence C. Eurist)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Reuben L. Watt .... assistant director (as Reuben Watt)
Albert Shepard .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Arthur Friedrich .... property master (uncredited)
Ken Orme .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Louis Steinberg .... swing man (uncredited)
Douglas Stubbs .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard Overton .... sound
Theodore Soderberg .... sound (as Ted Soderberg)
Howard Wilmarth .... boom operator (uncredited)
Will Yarbrough .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Logan Frazee .... special effects (uncredited)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Eugene Collier .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Leonard Alex .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
John Boldroff Jr. .... dolly grip (uncredited)
William W. Gillohm .... still photographer (uncredited)
Tom Hayes .... electrician (uncredited)
Lloyd Isbell .... key grip (uncredited)
Sherman Kunkel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ralph McCarthy .... gaffer (uncredited)
Eugene Simpson .... best boy (uncredited)
Joseph M. Wilcots .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Eddie Willis .... best boy (uncredited)
Casting Department
Carl Joy .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Balchus .... costume supervisor
Nedra Rosemond-Watt .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Thomas Penick .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert O. Ragland .... technical assistant to composer
Mayuto Correa .... musician (uncredited)
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... music arranger (uncredited)
J.J. Johnson .... music arranger (uncredited)
Jerry Long .... music arranger (uncredited)
Gene Page .... music arranger (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... music arranger (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Davenport .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Mary Stilwell .... assistant: Mr. Black
Walter Burrell .... publicist (uncredited)
Michael Caine .... technician: Cinemobile (uncredited)
Tauilima Lauifi .... craft service (uncredited)
Colleen Mahan .... secretary (uncredited)
Susan Perkins .... secretary (uncredited)
Margaret Tary .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Cassius Weathersby .... production assistant (uncredited)
Hendrik Wynands .... coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:R | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1973) | Sweden:15 | USA:R | USA:R (DVD Rating) | USA:TV-MA (tv rating)

Did You Know?

One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (And How They Got That Way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Chalky and Pete are about to get into T's car, a microphone is clearly visible at the bottom of the screen.See more »
Pete:This is Pete Cockrell. I want to talk to Chalky.
Mr. T:This is T. Chalky's dead. Now I'm coming to get your honky ass!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Death Proof (2007)See more »
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A grand "blaxploitation" flick of the 70's, 26 May 2004
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

This is one of the grandest "blaxploitation" flick of the 1970's,and to this day it still doesn't get the ultimate respect it truly deserves. This is a one man in-your-face action flick that delivers the goods and keeps coming back for more. It's ranks up there with the best of that era which includes films like "Black Caesar","Shaft","Super Fly","Coffy" "Foxy Brown","Hammer","Three The Hard Way",and so much more. For those who never seen this film,it is worth the required viewing in a movie that doesn't waste any time,even though its running time of 99 minutes holds the audience in check. When this film came out in 1972,it was not very likable by the critics,but audiences were enthralled by the great acting,unstoppable action and the great atmosphere. In other words,one of the baddest ass flicks of the decade. This film came out around the same time another blaxploitation film came out about the same time.... Gordon L. Parks' "Super Fly"(Warner Bors.,1972),which starred Ron O'Neal and "Black Caesar"(AIP,1972),directed by action-guru Larry Cohen which starred Fred Williamson.

"Trouble Man"(20th Century Fox,1972),directed by fame Hogan Heroes'star Ivan Dixon,and starring Robert Hooks as the central character Mister T. Mister T was one cool dude,a straight-up hustler,pimp daddy and private eye who always kept his cool whenever something was about to happened,and usually does. He has a beau of beauties,drives a expensive Lincoln Continental car,and wears $600 suits that are customed made in Italy! Also,you can tell that Mister T came up hard,and had to be harder than the competition! Raised in the streets he's been a man since he was a kid. He has an aresnal of weapons,he's rough and tumble and ready for action,and can fix almost any situation while being the ultimate lady killer. Also,to point out that Mister T is no joke! You'll rub him the wrong way or try to double crossed him,he'll blow up in your face. He is cold hard steel,not to be messed with! However,he has hassles with the police,the mobsters who want to eliminated him at all costs(including one of them played by Ralph Waite,of the TV series The Waltons,and the others played by Paul Winfield and Julius Harris)while maintaining the control of his business and his main squeeze(played by Paula Kelly),but Mister T gives them hell to pay and pay they do! In other words,"Trouble Man",was throroughly impressive,and its a crying shame that this film is not out anywhere on DVD and Video since the last time I saw this was when I was little with my parents in the movie theatres,and again as an adult when cable's The Fox Movie Channel. This film is Rated "R" for strong graphic violence and language with parts of nudity for some of the sexual material.

About the motion picture soundtrack to "Trouble Man":(Release in 1972) This soundtrack came out before the film did,and if you check it out it is a soul classic of the era. However,this was basically a jazz album by the way since Motown great Marvin Gaye wanted to do a jazz instrumental piece for years,but here is the album that gave a new generation a classic piece of brilliant soul. Here is vintage soul music with all the arrangements and songs written by Marvin Gaye himself and it is worth the listening experience,so please check it out.

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