Trouble Man was a 1972 blaxploitation crime film, directed by Ivan Dixon, that starred Robert Hooks, Paul Winfield, and Paula Hooks. The film is still noted for its soundtrack, which was written, produced, and performed by Marvin Gaye. Gaye wrote five different versions of the title track, including an alternate vocal track that was used in the film. The single was released in November 1972 and reached #7 on the Hot 100 the following January. It peaked at #4 on the R&B chart.