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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 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


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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Release Date:

4 April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Harbor Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Goldie: Stick yo' self nigga!
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Referenced in The Breaks (1999) See more »


Brother's Gonna Work It Out
Words and Music by Willie Hutch
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Max Julien gives a brilliant performance as "The Mack". Definitely makes my blaxploitation Top Five!
2 February 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'The Mack' is one of the very best blaxploitation movies of the 1970s, and one that has had an enormous influence on both hip hop culture and Quentin Tarantino. Max Julien gives a brilliant performance as Goldie an ex-con who decides that pimping is his best hope for survival and success. Julien had played one of the members of Jack Nicholson's psychedelic combo Mumblin' Jim in Richard Rush's 60s classic 'Psych-Out'. 'The Mack' should have put him up with Fred Williamson and Richard Roundtree as a major black star, but for some reason his career never took off, despite his obvious charisma and co-writing and co-producing the hugely successful 'Cleopatra Jones'. So much so that when Tarantino wanted him to audition for the part of Marcellus Wallace in 'Pulp Fiction' he was unable to even track him down. Too bad as Julien would have been a terrific Wallace and it might have kick started his career. Apart from Julien the movie features Richard Pryor as his crazed best friend Slim, Roger Mosley (who played Leadbelly in Gordon "Shaft" Parks little seen biopic) is Goldie's politically active younger brother Olinga, and Carol Speed ('Abby') plays Lulu, the prostitute who gets him started in the game. But my favourite supporting role is the one by Don Gordon who plays Hank, an evil corrupt cop. Gordon later went on to play another nasty piece of work in Dennis Hopper's 'Out Of The Blue'. He's just terrific in both movies and rarely gets the attention he deserves. 'The Mack' definitely makes my blaxploitation Top Five, along with (no order) 'Superfly', 'Shaft', 'Black Caesar' and 'Coffy'. (Sorry I don't count 'Across 110th Street' as blaxploitation, otherwise I'd list it).

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