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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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cigar | set up | pool hall | police | death | See All (65) »

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

Genres:

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 »

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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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Featured in Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered and Shafted (2004) See more »

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Trouble Man
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Composed and performed by Marvin Gaye
Arranged by Dale Oehler
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Totally underrated Blaxploitation flick
22 June 2000 | by amireSee all my reviews

Judging by the low number of votes for this film on the IMDB, it appears not too many people have had a chance to see this movie, which is a real shame. I saw it on the Fox Movie Channel last night, and was thoroughly impressed. "Trouble Man" has a good plot, good characters, good performances, and a good script. Robert Hooks is great in the lead as the badass private dick "T". I would add that, in my opinion, this film is as good if not better than "Shaft". That's high praise, perhaps, but see the movie and you might agree. I should put it in more blunt terms: if John Shaft and T were ever to have some beef with each other, T would definitely hold his own, and at the very least, give Shaft an ass whuppin' he would not soon forget.


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