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Wise old black conman "Blue" Howard and his young white prot?g? "Folks" O'Brien have it made. For years, they've been scamming money out of a variety f "marks" through false diamond sales, real estate scams and other well-planned cons perpetrated on the streets of Philadelphia. Just as "Folks" decides to retire from the con artist routine, he devises a clever scheme to lure $90,000 out of a group of racist bigwigs which would make for the perfect last sting. But the past comes back to bite them when their latest mark suffers a fatal heart attack...and his son turns out to be the biggest, meanest mobster in town. And not only is he after them, but a crooked cop is blackmailing them for a cut of their latest con.
Let's get one thing straight: TRICK BABY is not an exploitation film. It's a brilliant big screen adaptation of a novel by Iceberg Slim; think THE STING set in the mean streets of Philadelphia with more intense performances and David Mamet-style dialogue. The film grabs you from the first few minutes and keeps your attention throughout. The late Mel Stewart is great as the determined, grizzled "Blue." He has a young wife who's cheating on him and has spent his whole life looking for the perfect con, but when it's right in front of him, he's forced to choose between staying alive or pulling off the scam of his life. Kiel Martin ("Hill Street Blues") is equally impressive as half-white "Folks." He's so good, in fact, that the viewer can almost see the wheels in his mind turning as he lures in his marks with every word he says. An interesting cast member is Vernee Watson-Johnson, who plays Blue's less-than-faithful wife. She's pretty good here in the few scenes she appears in, and her career includes voiceovers for Hanna-Barbera cartoons including "Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels"!), soap operas, video games and even recent flicks like the abysmal CHRISTMAS WITH THE CRANKS! Beverly Ballard contributes some uncomfortable nudity in a motel room as the love interest of Folks. Much like Blue Underground's release of BONE in a group of Larry Cohen discs, TRICK BABY is the Soul Showcase title which most cult audiences won't pick up because it doesn't feature any familiar faces or an exploitation plotline. But it's a film which will invite more revisits than the other two discs, with gritty on-location photography, believable and sympathetic characters and a storyline which still stands up today with plenty of double-crosses and twists and turns. Larry Yust's crime drama is a film which deserves better recognition today, and it will hopefully be rediscovered for a receptive audience with this DVD release. (Casey Scott)