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Trouble Man (1972)

Things begin to unravel when a supercool black fixer is hired to straighten out some crooks.

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Ivan Dixon

Writer:

John D.F. Black
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hooks ... Mr. T
Paul Winfield ... Chalky
Ralph Waite ... Pete
William Smithers ... Captain Joe Marx (as Bill Smithers)
Paula Kelly ... Cleo
Julius Harris ... Big
Bill Henderson ... Jimmy
Wayne Storm Wayne Storm ... Frank
Akili Jones Akili Jones ... Chi
Vince Howard Vince Howard ... Preston
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ... Collie
Lawrence Cook Lawrence Cook ... Buddy (as Larry Cook)
Virginia Capers ... Macy
Rick Ferrell Rick Ferrell ... Pindar
James 'Texas Blood' Brown James 'Texas Blood' Brown ... Wesley
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Storyline

It seems that masked men are knocking over the floating crap games of Chalky and Pete. Chalky and Pete hire the cool, loose, elegant Mr. T to fix things. Then, the masked manipulators set up the death of a collector for a rival gang lord. It looks like it's up to T to keep a gang war from breaking out, keep the police off his back, and earn his fee from Chalky and Pete. Then things get complicated. A pool hall, a boxing gym, women's well-furnished apartments, and the mean streets of L.A. give T room to sort out what seems from what is. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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His friends call him Mr. T. His enemies call for mercy! See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1973 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Detective g See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

JDF/B Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only film score of singer and songwriter Marvin Gaye. Music from this film, including the title song, was used in Four Brothers (2005). See more »

Goofs

When Big is shot in the pool hall sitting in the chair, a small chain on his ankle is attached to the floor. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bikini Baby: When am I gonna see you again, baby?
Mr. T: I'm gonna have to think about that, girl.
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The 20th Century Fox logo does not appear at the beginning. Instead we get an opening credit saying "Twentieth Century-Fox Presents". See more »

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Spoofed in Black Dynamite (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Mess With Mister
T"" (uncredited)
Composed and performed by Marvin Gaye
Arranged by Jack Hayes and Leo Shuken
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Good, solid blaxploitation feature.
18 April 2015 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

There's nothing particularly distinguished about the blaxploitation actioner "Trouble Man", but it does entertain. A bad ass Robert Hooks plays a character named Mr. T - around a decade before somebody else made that moniker famous - in the story of a cool, calm, and collected problem solver. He's hired by two criminals, Chalky (Paul Winfield) and Pete (Ralph Waite, a long way from 'The Waltons'), to find out the identities of the thieves who have been holding up their gambling operations.

Mr. T finds out that things aren't as they seem. We in the audience get tipped off as to where things are heading, early on. Ordinarily this would present a problem as the viewer might get tired of waiting for our hero to play catch up, but T is such a good and smart character that we don't much mind. In the meantime, director Ivan Dixon (also an actor in things like "Car Wash") serves up respectable doses of action and suspense. The screenplay concocted by executive producer John D.F. Black is fairly uncomplicated and consistently enjoyable. The dialogue is often quite amusing. As with so many films in this genre, one of the greatest joys turns out to be the music score. The man responsible for the score in this instance is the soul legend Marvin Gaye.

The largely black cast is full of terrific actors. Hooks displays a lot of poise in the lead role, and one may wish that he had had more starring vehicles over the years. Paula Kelly is appealing as his loving girlfriend Cleo. William Smithers does fine as the disapproving white cop who is suspicious of T, who doesn't appear to have a steady source of income but has nice things. Winfield is excellent, as is a perfectly slimy Waite. Julius Harris lends his authoritative presence as a crime boss - unimaginatively named Big. Other familiar faces include singer / actor Bill Henderson, Stack Pierce, Lawrence Cook, Virginia Capers, Tracy Reed, Felton Perry, John Crawford, Gordon Jump, Jeannie Bell, and Harrison Page.

The rousing finale and sense of humour help to make this well worth a viewing.

Seven out of 10.


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