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Mack, The (2002)

Max Julien , Richard Pryor , Michael Campus  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Max Julien, Richard Pryor, Roger E. Mosley, Don Gordon, Carol Speed
  • Directors: Michael Campus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000696I2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mack, The" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Original Documentary: Mackin' Ain't Easy

Editorial Reviews

It takes a street fighter to clean up the streets. It takes The Mack and his pack to do it right! Packed with raw power, The Mack takes an uncompromising look at big city street life and survival. Don't miss the action because the action never stops! Year: 1973

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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The Mack (1973), probably one of the most referenced movies in the hip hop culture, on appearance has all the qualities of a blaxploitation film, but a closer and thoughtful look might give you a different opinion. Directed by documentarian Michael Campus and starring Max Julien, Richard Pryor, and Carol Speed, The Mack presents a portrait taken in time of a particular lifestyle not many ever get to see.
The movie opens with two men, Goldie (Julien) and Slim (Pryor), involved in a gunfight in a junkyard. Seemingly out numbered, Goldie tells Slim to take off (wouldn't have been my choice as Slim is sporting what appears to be a M16 while Goldie's sporting a handgun). Slim manages to split, while Goldie gets picked up by the police, and subsequently sentenced to five years in a penitentiary. Serving some particular hard time, Goldie gets released, and tries to put the pieces back together. He visits his brother, Olinga, played by Roger E. Mosley (Magnum P.I.), who is involved in trying to educate and empower the community, in a character fashion after Black Panther leader Huey Long. Basically. Goldie is presented with two options; follow his brother in focusing on making a difference through psuedo-political means, or follow the path of the Mack, becoming a flesh peddler, and gaining empowerment through the acquisition of money. Goldie chooses the latter, hooking back up with Slim and taking advice from an older blind man, sort of a Obi Wan Kenobi of the underworld, who shares his knowledge with Goldie on how to deal with women in the Mackin' game, the importance of controlling their minds rather than just their bodies.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something to see December 16, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Not only have I viewed this movie several times, but I have gone down memory lane with family members who were close friends with known pimps who became "actors" so to speak after this movie. This movie not only used the real streets in Oakland, but used real pimps and hustlers in the movie as well. Not many would know that the Ward brothers really were pimps who committed serious crimes against individuals and turned into sort of primadonnas after being bitten by the movie bug. Living by the sword also caught up to them. Not many would know that some of the scenes in the movie were re-eactments of real scenes played out by hookers and their pimps at that time. Although the lead actors were big screen names, the supporting actors and actresses were pimps and hookers right off of the streets of Oakland and it's surrounding territories like Alameda and Richmond. Some may say that this movie is something to laugh at, and believe me I laugh loudly when watching the move, but it is definately something to see. take for what it is...a movie...a comedy drama meant to entertain people, but it can also be a useful piece of information that can be bought...the game wasn't written to be sold...only told!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
The Mack is probably my favorite blaxploitation film ever. It gives detailed insight into life as the godfather of pimps on the hard streets of Oakland in the 70's. Goldie gets released from prison and immediately begins working his master plan of becoming the biggest pimp-style baller in the oaktown. But his brother is one of the leading activist against exploiting black people to make money. The sub-plot helps magnify the reality of being a successful black man in a white world. If you like "Superfly", "Black Caesar", or "Shaft" then you'll love The Mack.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Now get back out there & get my money" September 4, 2002
By k love
I can recite this movie line for line and word for word. I have seen this movie at least 30 times. I have worn out the tape. I was so happy when I found out was being released on DVD. I bought it the day it came out.
Some people may think it glorifies exploitation of women or even black people, but this movie was entertaining and educating. It had a few messages in the movie, but it also told how life was in some communities.
Max Julien is "Goldie". Richard Pryor was hilarious as usual. This ... & his sidekick, "Slim", are all about the "benjamins". Goldie only shows love to one woman: his mother. He has a good heart, but in his line of business that will get you killed. He plays his position and does it quite well, so well, that all the women want him for their ....
This couldn't be a movie about street life without dirty cops. There 2 of them that sent Goldie for his bid in prison. They want to see him fall again. Does it happen? Watch the movie & find out.
This movie has become popular within the Hip Hop era. Many rappers have used parts of the dialogue on their CDs. Half of Snoop Dogg interludes from his Doggystyle album is from this movie.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the DVD ! ! ! November 11, 2005
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First of all, if you haven't seen The Mack yet and don't own a million copies (videos, taped off cable whatever) either you're too young, or something is a matter with you... this is just one of THOSE films... and it is the epitome of everything cool and funky about the '70s... Hey its a film about Mackin', right ? But what gets this version worth having is the commentary, both by Julien, the Director and other people involved... apparenty the story behind the story is almost as interesting as the film... Its hard to believe that the film was pretty much based on a true story and amazing to hear the true story of Fred Ward - - the Mack and drug kingpin of the West Coast who acted in the film AND provided security... but was shot in the back of the head after filming... with the finger pointed according to SOME people to Huey Newtown and the Black Panthers (who certain cast members allege acted more like gangsters than the gangsters.) And then there's the story of some of Richard Pryor's bizarre behaviour.

As many times as I've seen the film, many of the scenes get better and better, and with the added commentary I can now see them in a separate way.

Max Julien is a great storyteller - - The Mack is - - well, THE MOVIE ! ! !
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