Trick Baby (1973)





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Movie Info

In this blaxploitation flick, a light-skinned African American con-artist tries to pass for a white man. He and his buddy travel about tricking people.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Kiel Martin
as White Folks
Mel Stewart
as Blue Howard
Dallas Edward Hayes
as Dot Murray
Jan Leighton
as Carlson
Byron Sanders
as Parkview Clerk
Dick Boccelli
as Vincent
Jim Mapp
as Doc
Bob Brooker
as DuSable Clerk
Ronald Carter
as Bartender
Jacqueline Weiss
as Aunt Rose
James Kelly
as Priest
Charles G. Clarke
as Cab Driver
Vernee Watson
as Cleo Howard
Donald Symington
as Morrison
Don Fellows
as Phillips
Tom Anderson
as Felix the Fixer
Clebert Ford
as Josephus
Ted Lange
as Melvin the Pimp
Tony Mazzadra
as Nino Parelli
David Thomas
as Frascatti
Jim King
as Duke
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Critic Reviews for Trick Baby

All Critics (2)

This wasn't the standard "pimp and ho show" but rather a smart, character based crime flick about two hustlers just trying to survive in the City of Brotherly Love.

Full Review… | October 1, 2009

This confidence drama set on the streets of Philadelphia is charged with issues of race, racism, family, and trust in ways that no other blaxploitation film touches on.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Trick Baby

not your standard blaxploitation flick. above average script and acting for the genre. plays more like "the grifters" than "superfly." pretty cool.

Gregory Collins
Gregory Collins

This confidence drama set on the streets of Philadelphia is charged with issues of race, racism, family, and trust in ways that few if any other 'blaxploitation' film touches on.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Outrageously flawed yet somewhat redeemable 1973 film shot on the grittier side of Philadelphia about two black con men, one "Blue" (smartly played by Mel Stewart) and "White Folks" played by Kiel Martin, who can pass for white thus allowing him to go on the bigger con with the city's old money establishment. They duck cops and gangsters throughout the film with action that works in a large part thanks to cinematography of Isidore Mankofsky. The dialog on the other hand usually rings true between Blue and White Folks mostly fails during interactions with other characters and hurts the film a great deal. On a personal note, this film was shot in and around my neighborhood where I grew up and gave me a glimpse of Philadelphia that I remember but was oddly surprised hasn't changed much in 30 plus years.

Generoso Fierro
Generoso Fierro

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