Trick Baby (Soul Showcase)
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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.Read more ›
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.
Traditionally, Blacks passing themselves off as white is a typical story that can be contrived and boring but I was not bored watching Trick Baby. I don't want to give away the entire plot of the movie but I found myself cheering for Blue and Folks as they conned people out of their money. I know that seems bad but the action and pace of the movie helped me to enjoy and understand why they did what they did.
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I saw a video clip of this movie on you tube and I decided to watch it. It will make you hope that Blue and Folk will be able to get away and not pay the price. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Anna Morgan
one of the best black action of the 1970s!! great story line !! goooood!! buy itPublished 12 months ago by Reverend Doug M.
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