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Trouble Man (1972)

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

Director:

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 ... 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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 Chalky and Pete are in the pool room waiting for T to finish his game, Chalky speaks without moving his lips. 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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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo does not appear at the beginning. Instead we get an opening credit saying "Twentieth Century-Fox Presents". See more »

Connections

References The Lady from Shanghai (1947) 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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forerunner
5 April 2002 | by cspievakSee all my reviews

If you have never seen this film, but you saw Shamus (of Burt Reynolds fame), then you have seen this film. You just didn't know it. This movie came out in 1972, Shamus in 1973. The plot is different, but the central character is the same(except for black/white). A private eye that is rough and tumble, lives in a pool hall, has a front man run the hall, has hassles with the police, and can fix almost anything, while being the ultimate lady killer. Both movies are very good.


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