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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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There's a new kind of hero on the streets! See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

4 April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mack and His Pack See more »


Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lots of scenes were improvised right before they were filmed. 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 »


Hank: 35,000 and seven, right?, Motherfucker, can you buy that?
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Alternate Versions

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


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Brother's Gonna Work It Out
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Good Serious Drama
18 February 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Mack (1973)

*** (out of 4)

Goldie (Max Julien) gets released from prison after a five year stretch and heads back to the streets where he plans to become the greatest Mack (pimp) out there. His brother is against the idea and wishes he'd do something better for his people but Goldie becomes a pimp and soon has issues with two racist white cops.

The blaxploitation genre was just kicking off when THE MACK was released and it eventually found some new fame when it was used in TRUE ROMANCE. Watching the film today you can't help but rather respect it because it's not really exploitation. Instead of exploitation it really plays out more like an actual drama that tackles various issues that were in the black community. There's no question having a pimp playing your hero is why so many had issues with the genre but THE MACK is a pretty good film.

What I enjoyed the most is the fact that it didn't exploit the situation and instead the movie plays out like a very well-written drama. The Goldie character goes through a lot of changes throughout the film and I thought the character development was rather good. I also thought the supporting players like the pimps, the cops and the brother were also very good. There were a lot of ups and downs for the character but I thought it all played out very well and in a serious way.

Julien obviously steals the film playing the pimp. I thought he gave a very strong performance and one that kept you entertained throughout the somewhat long running time. Richard Pryor was also fun in his supporting role where he once again proved what a good dramatic actor he could be. Both Don Gordon and William Watson are a lot of fun as the racist cops.

THE MACK has some flaws including it running on a bit too long but I think most people will be surprised at how serious the subject matter is handled.

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