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Director:
Writers:
Robert Beck (novel)
A. Neuberg (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
16 November 1973 (Denmark) See more »
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Tagline:
Sometimes even the players get played. See more »
Plot:
Two Phildelphia con men try to evade gangsters they have conned and cops who are trying to put them in jail. | Add synopsis »
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Not really a blaxploitation film See more (11 total) »

Cast

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Kiel Martin ... White Folks
Mel Stewart ... Blue Howard
Dallas Edward Hayes ... Dot Murray
Beverly Ballard ... Susan

Vernee Watson-Johnson ... Cleo Howard
Donald Symington ... Morrison
Don Fellows ... Phillips
Thomas Anderson ... Felix the Fixer (as Tom Anderson)
Clebert Ford ... Josephus
Fuddle Bagley ... Percy

Ted Lange ... Melvin the Pimp
Tony Mazzadra ... Nino Parelli
David Thomas ... Frascatti
Jim King ... Duke
Anthony Charnota ... Bobby
John Aquino ... Frank

Jan Leighton ... Carlson
Byron Sanders ... Parkview Hotel Clerk
Dick Boccelli ... Vincent
Jim Mapp ... Doc Harris
Bob Brooker ... DuSable Hotel Clerk
Ronald Carter ... Bartender
Celeste Creech ... 1st Hooker
Deloris Brown-Harper ... 2nd Hooker
Jacqueline Weiss ... Aunt Rose
James Kelly ... Priest (as Father James Kelly)

Charles Weldon ... Tough
Charles G. Clarke ... Cab Driver
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Directed by
Larry Yust 
 
Writing credits
Robert Beck (novel) (as Iceberg Slim)

A. Neuberg (screenplay) &
T. Raewyn (screenplay) and
Larry Yust (screenplay)

Produced by
Marshall Backlar .... producer (as Marshal Backlar)
James Levitt .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
James Bond 
 
Cinematography by
Isidore Mankofsky (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Parasheles 
 
Makeup Department
Kenig Glubin .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Don Goldman .... production manager (as Donald Goldman)
John Zane .... production supervisor
 
Art Department
Kenig Glubin .... props
 
Sound Department
John Brasher .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Colwell .... grip
Skip Karnas .... electrician (as Skip Karness)
Zohrab Kazanjian .... still photographer
Melton Maxwell .... gaffer (as Mel Maxwell)
Lee Shamburger .... grip
Stuart A. Spohn .... second assistant camera (as Stuart Spohn)
Steven Wolper .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Baker Bigsby .... recording engineer and mixer
James Bond .... conductor
Ed Michel .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Nina Kleinberg .... assistant to director
Rick Nulman .... production assistant
 

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Runtime:
89 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
All the extras in the bar were regulars who patronized said bar.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Blue looks out the window & sees the cop walking into the building, it's still daylight. When the camera moves to street level with the cop, it's suddenly nighttime.See more »

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Not really a blaxploitation film, 28 July 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

While this movie is set mostly in the Black neighborhoods of Philadelphia, many of the Whites are quite prejudiced and many of the actors are Black, this really isn't a blaxploitation film--though Netflix has categorized it that way on its web site. Instead, it's like a more modern version of THE STING with a multiracial cast.

Mel Stewart ("Henry Jefferson" from ALL IN THE FAMILY) and Kiel Martin star as con-men who swindle the wrong man. The old guy they cheat out of $10,000 suffers a fatal heart attack when he realizes he was swindled AND he's the uncle of a mob boss--who now has ordered the deaths of these cons. However, unlike THE STING, there is some rough language, nudity and a very, very downbeat ending. I enjoyed the film and appreciated seeing these two lesser name actors getting a chance to play leads, but hate seeing it branded with the label "blaxploitation" because many take this to mean that the film is cheap and formulaic--which it certainly isn't. Hardly a great film, it is still well worth a look for an interesting story.

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