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The Mack (1973)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  4 April 1973 (USA)
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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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Max Julien ...
Goldie
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Hank
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Slim
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Lulu
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Olinga
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Pretty Tony (as Dick Williams)
William Watson ...
Jed (as William C. Watson)
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Fatman
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Mother
Paul Harris ...
Blind Man
Kai Hernandez ...
Chico
Annazette Chase ...
Junero Jennings ...
Baltimore Bob
Lee Duncan ...
Sgt. Duncan
Stu Gilliam ...
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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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Max Julien found the scene where the cop is shown to be sleeping with a big, black woman offensive. The director shot it behind his back. When he asked why he shot the scene, Michael Campus said he wanted the character to be shown as decadent. Julien found this even more offensive because of the girls race and weight making it decadent. To this day, Julien finds this one scene to be his only regret about the film. The actress in the scene (Norma McClure) is said to not have been acting and did not enjoy doing the scene. See more »

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Pimp: "Hey, I don't hafta take this! I'm a rich nigga! I thought you paid these pooh- butts off! You beat walkin' motherfuckers!"
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"The Mack"
10 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Blaxploitation has never had a good working relationship inside mainstream cinema because it sometimes required the audience to relate with people who were pimps, pushers, hookers, and any other rabble of common street criminals. But people loved movies like "Reservoir Dogs" and "Trainspotting"; yet "Dogs" had murderous jewel thieves in the leads and "Trainspotting" was about heroin addicts in Edinburgh. So then, "The Mack" can't be any different from those two, can it?

I missed Blaxploitation when it arose during the 60s and 70s because I wasn't alive; I was born in 1985. I stumbled across "The Mack" at a local used book store that also sold videos. Sitting on a rack, was "The Mack."

After doing five rough years in prison, Goldie (Max Julien) decides to become a pimp in order to make a living, much to the dismay of his younger brother Olinga (Roger E. Mosley), who has become radicalized within the pro-Black civil rights movement during the time that Goldie has spent behind bars. Goldie then has to contend with a pair of racist, corrupt cops who hound him constantly and rival pimps.

"The Mack" is a movie that has become an enormous influence on modern hip-hop culture and is frequently referenced to in the films of Quentin Tarantino. Max Julien makes for a truly convincing "Mack" and there's even a rather subdued, yet incredibly funny supporting performance from Richard Pryor.

This movie really does capture the essence of a chaotic time period perfectly. Vietnam was going on in 1973 and some people felt that life in America was in shambles, with drugs and crime running rampant in this country. So I guess that's why people praised movies like "Death Wish," "Dirty Harry," "A Clockwork Orange," and basically any Sam Peckinpah movie that came out during the 70s.

Along with maybe "Shaft" and "Foxy Brown," "The Mack" could probably be one of the better known Blaxploitation flicks released during the 70s. I loved this movie from beginning to end. But it's a shame that "The Mack" is not more well-known in the movie-going community.

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