The Mack

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"There's a new kind of hero on the streets!"
  • R
  • 1973
  • 1 hr 49 min
  • 6.5  (3,167)
  • 59

The Mack is a 1973 American blaxploitation crime drama film directed by Michael Campus and stars Max Julien, Don Gordon, and Richard Pryor. The film tells the story of John "Goldie" Mickens, a charismatic young man who becomes a powerful and successful pimp in Oakland, California in the early 1970s. The movie opens with Goldie being released from prison after a five-year stint for robbery. He reunites with his brother, Olinga (Roger E. Mosley), who is a member of the Black Panthers. Olinga tries to persuade Goldie to quit the pimp game and join the revolution, but Goldie has other plans. He sets out to reclaim his throne as the top pimp in Oakland and make a name for himself in the world of organized crime.

Goldie quickly establishes himself as a formidable force in the prostitution game. He takes under his wing a group of young and inexperienced hookers, including Lulu (Carol Speed), who becomes his top earner and love interest. With his street smarts and savvy business sense, Goldie expands his operation, even going so far as to bribe the police and politicians.

But Goldie's success brings him unwanted attention. He becomes the target of a corrupt and racist cop, Lieutenant Becker (Don Gordon), who is determined to bring him down. Meanwhile, Goldie's estranged wife, Betty (Juanita Moore), wants him to give up his extravagant lifestyle and be a father to their son. As the pressure mounts, Goldie must decide whether to stay on top or walk away from the game.

The Mack is a gritty and realistic portrayal of the pimp subculture, showing the dangers and brutalities of the life. The film highlights the social and political issues of the time, with the Black Panther movement and police corruption featured prominently.

The performances in the movie are strong, particularly from Max Julien as Goldie, who exudes charm and arrogance in equal measure. The supporting cast is also noteworthy, with Don Gordon delivering a chilling performance as the sadistic cop and Richard Pryor in a small but memorable role as Goldie's sidekick, Slim.

The cinematography is another highlight of The Mack, with director Michael Campus capturing the vibrant atmosphere of Oakland in the early 1970s. The film's use of funk music, composed by Willie Hutch, also adds to the authenticity of the setting.

Overall, The Mack is an engrossing and entertaining film that offers a unique perspective on the world of pimps and prostitutes, as well as the social and political issues of the time. It is a classic of the blaxploitation genre and has had a lasting impact on popular culture.

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