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The Mack (1973)

R | | Crime, Drama | 4 April 1973 (USA)
Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up King of the pimping game. Trouble comes in the form of two corrupt white cops and a crime lord who wants him to return to the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Julien ... Goldie
Don Gordon ... Hank
Richard Pryor ... Slim
Carol Speed ... Lulu
Roger E. Mosley ... Olinga
Dick Anthony Williams ... Pretty Tony (as Dick Williams)
William Watson ... Jed (as William C. Watson)
George Murdock ... Fatman
Juanita Moore ... Mother
Paul Harris ... Blind Man
Kai Hernandez Kai Hernandez ... Chico
Annazette Chase ... China Doll
Junero Jennings Junero Jennings ... Baltimore Bob
Lee Duncan Lee Duncan ... Sgt. Duncan
Stu Gilliam Stu Gilliam ... Announcer
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Storyline

Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up King of the pimping game. Trouble comes in the form of two corrupt white cops and a crime lord who wants him to return to the small time. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mack and His Pack See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Max Julien on the DVD commentary, Richard Pryor and Producer Harvey Bernhard had a heated argument during filming. Later that night, Pryor was going to Bernhard's hotel room to attack him with a sock filled with ball bearings, until Julien calmed Pryor down. See more »

Goofs

When Goldie arrives at the Players Ball, a shadow of the camera falls across the back of his white fur coat. See more »

Quotes

Goldie: Stick yo' self nigga!
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Alternate Versions

Some video versions have rerelease soundtrack from 1980s. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Pimps (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Brother's Gonna Work It Out
Words and Music by Willie Hutch
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A bit slack
25 August 2010 | by p-stepienSee all my reviews

Said be one of the seminal blaxploitation movies ever made I must say I will probably never become a fan of the genre. Goldie (Max Julien) has just left prison after serving 5 years in state penitentiary. On his return his is offered the opportunity to become a pimp. With hope to better his existence he agrees and quickly becomes one of the best in the business with 10 girls to his name. He improves not only his life but also that of his mother. All this success garners unwanted interest of the local drug distributors, rival pimps and corrupt cops wanting some greasing. On the other side of this is Goldie's older brother Olinga (Roger E. Mosley), who is a black activist trying to clean up the streets from drugs, prostitutes and crime.

The influence this movie had on hip hop and pimpdom is quite obvious. The costumes and the moves of artists such as Snoop Dogg are all The Mack. But in hindsight was this movie really deserving all its praise? Yes, it has some very interesting quirky scenes (especially those involving cops) and all in all remains a fun, if outdated watch. But watching it now I don't seem to be able to find the magic behind the movie. The storytelling is very disjointed and jumpy with a whole lot of sequences happening chaotically and with no purpose. The dramatic flow of the movie is severely lacking and as such I never felt pulled into the story, which left me watching it not too intently by the second hour.

Acting is definitely a big plus of the movie and everyone from the cast does a standout job. Some of the scenes are definitely worth note, but the movie as a whole stumbles and crawls all too often to really make you want to rewatch the flick.


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