Trouble Man Reviews

  • May 02, 2020

    Robert Hooks is fabulous as the aptly named T, who stays cooler than a glass of iced tea while men with bad intentions on both sides of the law first try to frame him and then try to murder him. Because T is especially tough when people try to prey on the vulnerable, he's also easy to like. The movie differs slightly from other blaxploitation films in some small details and benefits from a great supporting cast.

    Robert Hooks is fabulous as the aptly named T, who stays cooler than a glass of iced tea while men with bad intentions on both sides of the law first try to frame him and then try to murder him. Because T is especially tough when people try to prey on the vulnerable, he's also easy to like. The movie differs slightly from other blaxploitation films in some small details and benefits from a great supporting cast.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    Trouble Man (1972): 6 out of 10: Lovers of seventies high fashion will be in heaven in this blaxploitation film. All the most exquisite Italian suits (many of which still look good today unlike most seventies fashions) are on display as well as that horrible interior decorating (Mirrors as wallpaper seems to be a theme as well as burnt orange and brown.) Also on display is a wonderful sense of cool. Our protagonist Mr. T (a low key "cool" performance by Robert Hooks) finds himself up against both Chalky (the always watchable Paul Winfield) as well as Mr. Big. (Julius Harris) and assorted lowlifes that clearly don't have his fashion sense (Bad seventies fashion is copious on our antagonists.) The movie is a pretty straightforward affair and is filmed almost as a seventies television crime drama rather than an actual blaxploitation film. It has neither the intensity nor the plotting of a good 70's crime story such as Across 110th St or The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974 film) nor does it feature the sleaze of a Shaft in Africa or Coffy (Or dozens of lesser efforts.) There is no sex (despite Paula Kelly as the love interest), and the violence is subdued (fake blood gunshots are about it). The "R" rating is most likely theme or language induced. It really wouldn't be out of place as an ABC Movie of the Week. Trouble Man is generally well done (How this made Medved's The Fifty Worst Films of All Time book is beyond me) fast-paced, and it is certainly worth a rent. At the very least there are fun moments such as WKRP's Gordon Jump in dual roles as well as a shooting in front of a mirror that was lifted eight years later by Scarface. And of course, there are those $500 Italian suits. How can you not be cool wearing those?

    Trouble Man (1972): 6 out of 10: Lovers of seventies high fashion will be in heaven in this blaxploitation film. All the most exquisite Italian suits (many of which still look good today unlike most seventies fashions) are on display as well as that horrible interior decorating (Mirrors as wallpaper seems to be a theme as well as burnt orange and brown.) Also on display is a wonderful sense of cool. Our protagonist Mr. T (a low key "cool" performance by Robert Hooks) finds himself up against both Chalky (the always watchable Paul Winfield) as well as Mr. Big. (Julius Harris) and assorted lowlifes that clearly don't have his fashion sense (Bad seventies fashion is copious on our antagonists.) The movie is a pretty straightforward affair and is filmed almost as a seventies television crime drama rather than an actual blaxploitation film. It has neither the intensity nor the plotting of a good 70's crime story such as Across 110th St or The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974 film) nor does it feature the sleaze of a Shaft in Africa or Coffy (Or dozens of lesser efforts.) There is no sex (despite Paula Kelly as the love interest), and the violence is subdued (fake blood gunshots are about it). The "R" rating is most likely theme or language induced. It really wouldn't be out of place as an ABC Movie of the Week. Trouble Man is generally well done (How this made Medved's The Fifty Worst Films of All Time book is beyond me) fast-paced, and it is certainly worth a rent. At the very least there are fun moments such as WKRP's Gordon Jump in dual roles as well as a shooting in front of a mirror that was lifted eight years later by Scarface. And of course, there are those $500 Italian suits. How can you not be cool wearing those?

  • Aug 03, 2018

    I'd say this it top tier blaxploitation. Mr. T is an absolute badass, and he keeps cool the whole time. All while being legendary around the community. These are the types of characters that guys like John Wick were born from.

    I'd say this it top tier blaxploitation. Mr. T is an absolute badass, and he keeps cool the whole time. All while being legendary around the community. These are the types of characters that guys like John Wick were born from.

  • Jan 16, 2018

    Decent Blaxsploitation by Ivan Dixon which has held up over the decades. A few plot twists that are unexpected, with solid camerawork & editing.

    Decent Blaxsploitation by Ivan Dixon which has held up over the decades. A few plot twists that are unexpected, with solid camerawork & editing.

  • Mar 08, 2017

    "Mr T" (no relation) is a successful friend of the ghetto community and runs things around the neighborhood. Apparently he's a detective but it never shows him doing that for a living. Mainly he is a badass that walks around drinking coke and winning at pool. There are some various gangs and double crossing that end up getting him in the mix, until it's time for Mr T to handle his business. A very fun movie.

    "Mr T" (no relation) is a successful friend of the ghetto community and runs things around the neighborhood. Apparently he's a detective but it never shows him doing that for a living. Mainly he is a badass that walks around drinking coke and winning at pool. There are some various gangs and double crossing that end up getting him in the mix, until it's time for Mr T to handle his business. A very fun movie.

  • Oct 22, 2016

    A pretty fun movie from the heyday of Blacksplotation cinema. Robert Hooks plays Mr. T or just plain T (this was long before Lawrence Turcaud had become Mr. T and played 'Clubber Lang' in Rocky III). T is a pretty impressive cat who wears expensive clothes, drives a cool white Cadillac convertible, lives in an expensive apartment and has no real means of support. He hangs out a pool hall in downtown Los Angeles and when he isn't winning pool games he acts as a kind of "fixer" and has a valid private investigator's license. Well T is approached by Chalky (Paul Winfield ) and his partner Pete (Ralph Waite) who run floating crap games that are being ripped off. T is hired to figure who is ripping off the partners but Chalky and Pete are planning to muscle i on a rival crime-lord Mr. Big (Julius Harris) and pin the murder of one of Big's crew on T. Big wants to waste T and LAPD Captain Joe Marx (Bill Smithers) wants to bust him. Much violence ensues along with all the double and triple crosses and T has to keep one step ahead of the police, clear his name, and pick up a sexy policewoman (Tracy Reed). T is ice cool throughout the whole affair. Hooks, a decent actor who often played the heavy in 1970s cop shows is very entertaining in the role of T. Look for Gala Kelly as T's love interest and Felton Perry and Gordon Jump in minor roles. The soundtrack is by Marvin Gaye. Nothing great but if you like the genre, its pretty entertaining.

    A pretty fun movie from the heyday of Blacksplotation cinema. Robert Hooks plays Mr. T or just plain T (this was long before Lawrence Turcaud had become Mr. T and played 'Clubber Lang' in Rocky III). T is a pretty impressive cat who wears expensive clothes, drives a cool white Cadillac convertible, lives in an expensive apartment and has no real means of support. He hangs out a pool hall in downtown Los Angeles and when he isn't winning pool games he acts as a kind of "fixer" and has a valid private investigator's license. Well T is approached by Chalky (Paul Winfield ) and his partner Pete (Ralph Waite) who run floating crap games that are being ripped off. T is hired to figure who is ripping off the partners but Chalky and Pete are planning to muscle i on a rival crime-lord Mr. Big (Julius Harris) and pin the murder of one of Big's crew on T. Big wants to waste T and LAPD Captain Joe Marx (Bill Smithers) wants to bust him. Much violence ensues along with all the double and triple crosses and T has to keep one step ahead of the police, clear his name, and pick up a sexy policewoman (Tracy Reed). T is ice cool throughout the whole affair. Hooks, a decent actor who often played the heavy in 1970s cop shows is very entertaining in the role of T. Look for Gala Kelly as T's love interest and Felton Perry and Gordon Jump in minor roles. The soundtrack is by Marvin Gaye. Nothing great but if you like the genre, its pretty entertaining.

  • Sep 07, 2014

    "Trouble Man" é demasiado clean para ser o típico filme de blaxploitation, embora todos os clichés do género estejam à vista. Além disso a trama que o faz progredir nunca obtém a consistência necessária para que "Trouble Man" seja mais que um série-B , embora com uma excelente banda-sonora de Marvin Gaye e algumas frases totalmente "bad ass" do protagonista Mr. T (um Robert Hooks que nunca está para brincadeiras). Há também um interessante e bem cadenciado roteiro de alguns lugares gangsta cool de Los Angeles, que aqui tem tudo a ver com o universo do GTA.

    "Trouble Man" é demasiado clean para ser o típico filme de blaxploitation, embora todos os clichés do género estejam à vista. Além disso a trama que o faz progredir nunca obtém a consistência necessária para que "Trouble Man" seja mais que um série-B , embora com uma excelente banda-sonora de Marvin Gaye e algumas frases totalmente "bad ass" do protagonista Mr. T (um Robert Hooks que nunca está para brincadeiras). Há também um interessante e bem cadenciado roteiro de alguns lugares gangsta cool de Los Angeles, que aqui tem tudo a ver com o universo do GTA.

  • May 01, 2014

    Directed by Ivan Dixon (The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)), and written by John D.F. Black (Shaft (1971) and The Carey Treatment (1972)), this blaxploitation action film was as one of the more popular ones to come out of Hollywood at the time, and it benefited from having Marvin Gaye do a cool, funky soundtrack as well. It's also quite bloodily violent and a lot of strong language for it's day. Mr. T (Robert Hooks) is a private detective and pool shark who works in the underbelly of Los Angeles, and he's able to survive by dealing with both sides of the law, quite dangerously too. But, when he's approached by Chalky (Paul Winfield) and his partner, Pete (Ralph Waite), to look for men holding up and robbing illegal gambling operations in the city. Mr. T takes the case, but Chalky double-crosses Mr. T, framing him for the murder of the henchmen of underworld boss Big (Julius Harris). Now with the police and the underworld after Mr. T, he has to get even with Chalky and Peter to clear his name, and that means getting tough, and taking on the underworld. It's a very down and gritty film, but it has a good plot with some good action pieces throughout, it's definitely a product of it's time, but it doesn't add anything new to the blaxploitatation genre, which was well into the swing of things when this came out. Plus, this was edited by Spielberg's longtime editor, Michael Kahn.

    Directed by Ivan Dixon (The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)), and written by John D.F. Black (Shaft (1971) and The Carey Treatment (1972)), this blaxploitation action film was as one of the more popular ones to come out of Hollywood at the time, and it benefited from having Marvin Gaye do a cool, funky soundtrack as well. It's also quite bloodily violent and a lot of strong language for it's day. Mr. T (Robert Hooks) is a private detective and pool shark who works in the underbelly of Los Angeles, and he's able to survive by dealing with both sides of the law, quite dangerously too. But, when he's approached by Chalky (Paul Winfield) and his partner, Pete (Ralph Waite), to look for men holding up and robbing illegal gambling operations in the city. Mr. T takes the case, but Chalky double-crosses Mr. T, framing him for the murder of the henchmen of underworld boss Big (Julius Harris). Now with the police and the underworld after Mr. T, he has to get even with Chalky and Peter to clear his name, and that means getting tough, and taking on the underworld. It's a very down and gritty film, but it has a good plot with some good action pieces throughout, it's definitely a product of it's time, but it doesn't add anything new to the blaxploitatation genre, which was well into the swing of things when this came out. Plus, this was edited by Spielberg's longtime editor, Michael Kahn.

  • Apr 13, 2014

    Notable mainly for Marvin Gaye's wonderful music.

    Notable mainly for Marvin Gaye's wonderful music.

  • Jul 13, 2011

    I was expecting something altogether different from Trouble Man. Having served a tour of duty through the more iconic Blaxploitation fims, I was expecting revenge, poor quality filming, kick ass soundtrack and plenty of boobs. This really only had the trademark kick ass soundtrack...otherwise it was devoid of the trademarks...which was actually refreshing. It still had the male-centric, gangster vs everyone else storyline...but instead the central character was the hunted from the start. Robert Hooks was great in a rare treat, a Blaxploitation film that actually has a quality plot line that isn't one dimensional.

    I was expecting something altogether different from Trouble Man. Having served a tour of duty through the more iconic Blaxploitation fims, I was expecting revenge, poor quality filming, kick ass soundtrack and plenty of boobs. This really only had the trademark kick ass soundtrack...otherwise it was devoid of the trademarks...which was actually refreshing. It still had the male-centric, gangster vs everyone else storyline...but instead the central character was the hunted from the start. Robert Hooks was great in a rare treat, a Blaxploitation film that actually has a quality plot line that isn't one dimensional.