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Robert J. Poole (written by)
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They're doing the job the cops can't! See more »
Plot:
Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up king of the pimping game. Trouble comes... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Pimpin Ain't Easy, Oak Town Style See more (26 total) »

Cast

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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 ... Chico
Annazette Chase ... China Doll
Junero Jennings ... Baltimore Bob
Lee Duncan ... Sgt. Duncan
Stu Gilliam ... Announcer
Sandra Brown ... Diane
Christopher Brooks ... Jesus Christ
Fritz Ford ... Desk Sgt.
John Vick ... Hotel Trick
Norma McClure ... Big Woman
David Mauro ... Laughing David
Allen Van ... Body Guard
Willie Redman ... Body Guard
Frank Ward ... Himself
Ted Ward ... Himself
Willie Ward ... Himself
Andrew Ward ... Himself
Roosevelt Taylor ... Himself
Jay Payton ... Himself
Terrible Tom ... Himself
Bill Barnes ... Himself
John Foster ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russ Kratzer ... (uncredited)
June Wilkinson ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Campus 
 
Writing credits
Robert J. Poole (written by)

Produced by
Harvey Bernhard .... producer
R. Hansel Brown .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Willie Hutch 
 
Cinematography by
Ralph Woolsey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank C. Decot 
 
Casting by
Marvin Paige 
 
Costume Design by
June 
Mr. Marcus 
 
Makeup Department
Lynn Del Kail .... hair dresser
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup artist (as Tom Tuttle)
 
Production Management
Bert Gold .... production manager (as Bertram Gold)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Sandrich Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Mazzola Anthony .... props (as Anthony Mazzola)
Dave Guilkey .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bud Alper .... sound mixer
Gene Ashbrook .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
Roger George .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Holmes .... gaffer
Daniel R. Jordan .... key grip (as Danny Jordan)
Joseph M. Wilcots .... camera operator (as Joe Wilcots)
Paul Byron .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Glennon .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Joe Hicks .... second grip (uncredited)
Ralph Woolsey .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Campbel .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
R. Hansel Brown .... additional editor
Pat McFall .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Willie Hutch .... conductor
Jack K. Tillar .... music supervisor (as Jack Tillar)
Jay Warner .... musical director
 
Transportation Department
Larry Dias .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Inez Abrams .... production assistant
Don Barksdale .... location coordinator
Don Barksdale .... technical advisor
Ward Brothers .... technical advisor
Tom Clark .... unit publicist
Fritz Ford .... production assistant
Dan Greer .... special assistant (as G. Daniel Greer)
Carolee Horning .... assistant to producer
H. Bud Otto .... script supervisor (as Bud Otto)
Jay Payton .... technical advisor
Tony Steele .... special assistant
Roosevelt Taylor .... technical advisor
Andrew Ward .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Frank Ward .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Ted Ward .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Willie Ward .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Frank Ward .... in memory of (as Frank D. Ward)
 

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110 min
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Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)
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According to director Michael Campus, screenwriter Robert J. Poole started developing the treatment and script on toilet paper while he was in prison.See more »
Quotes:
Olinga:You really don't understand do you? Hey man, don't you realize in order for us to make this thing work man we gotta get rid of the pimps and the pushers and the prostitutes and then start all over again clean.
Goldie:Hey look, nobody's pushing me anywhere, okay. I mean not you, not the cops, nobody man. I mean, you want to get rid of the pushers, I'll help you. But don't send your people after me.
Olinga:Oh come on John. Can't you see that we can't get rid of one without getting rid of the other. We gotta come down on both of them at the same time in order for this whole thing to work for the people.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in American Grindhouse (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Brother's Goin' to Work It OutSee more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Pimpin Ain't Easy, Oak Town Style, 22 March 2001
Author: ahertz-2 from Waterbury, CT

If you want to get an insider's glimpse into the world of pimpin', look no further than "The Mack." Often compared to the other, better known black movies of the 1970's, which tend to focus more on drugs and street justice, "The Mack" incorporates both of those elements, but with a heavy focus on pimpin'. It gives outsiders a glimpse into the life of a pimp through the eyes of 1973's official Pimp of the Year, Goldie ("The Mack" shows that this dubious title is actually given out in an annual event, one similar to the Oscars). Goldie's strengths are his strong pimp hand, which he uses early and often, and the fact that he always gets his percentage on time (as in "woman better have my percentage"). Although his brother (fyi: one of magnum p.i.'s sidekicks)dedicates his life warning people about pimps and drug pushers, Goldie continues his lavish lifestyle, going so far as to bring his women to the annual Pimp Softball and Barbeque Outing (for a pimp, Goldie sure knows how to swing the lumber). But, with a tragic ending, Goldie must examine his life and is forced to make a huge decision.

If you are looking for great acting, a movie where you can hear what the people are saying (everyone speaks really softly), or good music, look elsewhere. Also, although Richard Pryor gets second billing in this movie, he is seen in the movie less than a pimp in daylight.

On the other hand, I think the strengths of this movie are the costumes and the "pimp insight" one can gain. If you want a crash course on what it takes to be a respected pimp (fine clothes, ability to wear sunglasses during all hours, have an unruly afro, kill people using dynamite, play a lot of craps and three card monty), then look no further than "The Mack". However, if that is not your intended goal, look further, look much much further.

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