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Trick Baby (Soul Showcase) (1973)

Kiel Martin , Mel Stewart , Larry Yust  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kiel Martin, Mel Stewart
  • Directors: Larry Yust
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006FYOVA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,723 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Trick Baby (Soul Showcase)" on IMDb

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Trick Baby is the gritty story of the relationship between two Philly con men, Johnny "Folks" O'Brien, a white man, and "Blue" Howard, a black man. From an early age, Blue raised Folks as his own son and treated him as if he was black. However, Blue passed on more than his heritage when he taught him the ways of the street and the art of the con. Folks was a natural, and in no time they were using their skill and their color to play on people's prejudices and fears. Then, on one hellish day, things begin to unravel when they get in over their heads with a crooked cop and some shady investors. Now the heat is on, friends are scarce and they must rely on each other. But when the chips are down, can people of different races really trust each other? In the next 24 hours, Blue and Folks will learn the disturbing truth about themselves and the world they prey on.

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iceberg Slim brought to film ! ! ! February 12, 2001
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If you thought Philadelphia, The 12 Monkeys and Tradin' Places were the only films other than The Philadelphia Experiment set in Philly, you're dead wrong.
When it comes to grittyness, this early '70s film, which appears to be shot mostly in West Philly puts NYC to shame.... in terms of charactor and story development its also definitely *not* your typical blaxploitation film - - and this becomes clear the moment you realize that its actually an adaptation of a novel by Iceberg Slim, a writer who along with Donald Goines wrote about urban street life and told tales of hustlers and pimps long long before Shaft and Superfly. In fact, it was probably the realism of their books most likely that fueled the fantasy of that film genre....
The story is about the final days of a relationship between an aging hustler named Blue and his young counterpart/protege known as "White Folks" so named because he can pass for white, a bend which made their game all the more strong. While hated by most black folks because he looks like a white man, he is understood and protected by Blue - - and together their hustle and schemes seem almost righteous, because through Folks, Blue is able to engage in confidence games praying on greedy white people who believe they are about to get rich by exploiting black folk. Far from being jive talking hustlers, both are articulate and intelligent and have learned well from one another, making their game even stronger, til one day they hustle the wrong person putting a dirty cop and the mob on their tale, in the middle of the biggest hustle of their lifetime. Suddenly, its a race against time and the questions whether its time to get out of town or get out of the game.
Great film, great locations, well acted, and a nice bluesy soundtrack.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic...don't sleep on Trick Baby January 16, 2005
Trick Baby is a film about a man named Blue who has raised a white man that they call "Folks," which is short for White Folks. Folks is supposedly mixed but appears to be portrayed by an all white actor. Blue is a hustler. He raises Folks to be a hustler. The two scam and pull fast ones for a living. On one particular occasion they get in over there head. Folks wants to leave the business behind and head to Chicago, but Blue is dedicated to see things through so that they can get some real hard cash. The chase scenes in this film are classic, I especially enjoyed seeing "Folks" run through the streets of Philadelphia. If you are fan of 70's cinema, you will notice a lot of regular character actors from the 70's in this film.

This movie is based on a book by Iceberg Slim. The promoters of the recent DVD release need to uplay the films literary connections, but Iceberg Slim is real big now and this film is based on one of his most popular works. Although over 30 years old, this film is still very enjoyable. It has a strong plot and a lot of action.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Demi Monde Exposed September 6, 2011
I was surprised to see that other user reviews were so different in their reactions to this film than me. They compared the movie to The Sting and Blacksploition films. Trick Baby is not The Sting or Cotton Comes to Harlem. There are no Robin Hoods stealing from bad people to the benefit of good people. It is not entertainment. It is horror. The movie is like the book by Iceberg Slim. The book was horrifying because the author told the story without any moral comment, just laying it out matter-of-factly as though this world of crime and vice and universal dishonestly was not a pathological mutation of everything that is decent and honorable. Trick Baby is like exploratory surgery on a patient that is still alive but already decaying from within. Everybody in the story parasitises everybody else. And they are Black. Is this grifter world the natural result of racist oppression so that the only path to prosperity is to cheat and steal and whore? Or did other victimized people take strength from self-help and being morally superior to their oppressors? Here we see Black-on-Black exploitation at its worst. And in the end the moral of the amoral story is the same as in Public Enemy where Cagney's corpse is delivered to his mother in the last scene. Crime doesn't pay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay movie 3Stars March 16, 2013
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Nevertheless I'd watch it again, it showcased a lot of subliminal messages and scenarios regarding the tricks and trades of life, especially regrading living in a melting pot society. I gave it 3-Stars because I'm a Verne Watson fan, although the ending of the movie was like "WTH?" Really! LOL
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trick Baby July 12, 2013
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On time and in good condition it players well and has a good uninterrupted picture and it was a good price.
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1.0 out of 5 stars sucked June 24, 2014
Do your self a favior and do not by this it is bad bad bad not worth 5 cents !
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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD throw back 'Xploitation August 16, 2011
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I am a lover of old flicks... anything that is mentioned in other movies, shown on other films, CD-interludes, Samples, etc..

IE.. watching TRICK BABY.. i've heard a sample that was used in a Wu-Tang song.

good movie
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality DVD
The DVD skipped in places and pix-elated in spots. I was wondering if the copy I purchased was a boot leg copy. I don't suggest purchasing from this company again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gregory Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really really good the best one
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie
All I can say is great movie. One of my top 5 best blax. movies
Published on December 4, 2008 by E. robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars if you dig Iceburg Slim this is your film
if you dig Iceburg slim and Donald Goines then you are gonna be feeling this film. a Brother who can Pass for White and a Older soul Brother who has Schooled the Younger Cat on... Read more
Published on May 6, 2007 by mistermaxxx08
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
I wanted to read the book, but it's always checked out so I decided I might as well watch the movie. It was pretty good, despite the unhappy ending. But that's real life though. Read more
Published on April 30, 2007 by Blueberry Muffin
3.0 out of 5 stars The suggestion that not all black men on screen are as lily-white - or...
The story is that of two con-men: White Folks (Kiel Martin), who had a black mother and a white father and whose skin is white; and Blue Howard ( Mel Stewart), a grizzled black... Read more
Published on January 15, 2007 by Roberto Frangie
3.0 out of 5 stars Trick Baby
I was sadden by the fact that the movie seemed to be incomplete. I recently compared the movie to the book and everything in the movie seems to be in the first two chapters.
Published on November 3, 2006 by Michael Green
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