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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
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)
Frank Ward .... in memory of (as Frank D. Ward)

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110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 »
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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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
"The Mack", 10 September 2004
Author: dee.reid from United States

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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