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American Pimp (1999)

Cast: Daniel Brown, Daniel Brown
Director: Albert Hughes, Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes, more...
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Documentary, Political & Social Issues
Running Time: 87 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Albert and Allen Hughes, the writing and directing team of Menace II Society and Dead Presidents, turn their documentary eye to the world of street pimps in this 1999 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition entry. The black urban pimps interviewed here open up to reveal their world and their secrets to the camera in a film that is not about sex, but about power. We meet pimps named Filmore Slim, C-Note, K-Red, Gorgeous Dre, and Rosebudd as they discuss their business, including percentages, lifestyles, stealing "ho's," and the Player's Ball. These men exude charm and charisma, and boast rock-star status in their communities, with expensive clothes, cars, and bankrolls. The film works as an allegory to the film and music industries, where people are lured with glamour and money, only to be used as commodity and tossed out once they have passed their prime. The film also traces the history of the street pimp from the '20s to the present, with particular emphasis on the '70s pimp, whose lifestyle was exposed in the blaxploitation films of the '70s. ~ Chris Gore, All Movie Guide

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like chatting with bums by DGulbranson March 9, 2004 - 10:19 PM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
It's lots of footage of "pimps" talking about their bitches. It's pretty equivalent to chatting with your run of the mill bum off the street. They ramble on about hoes and bitches. These men would be in mental institutions, jail, or camped out on the sidewalk if they hadn't become pimps. I didn't find them all that interesting or shocking. I also didn't make it to the end of the movie.

Hey man if you are going to play the game... by AMicone July 15, 2002 - 10:57 PM PDT
3 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Then this the the flick that'll light your flame and turn yo ho into a classy dame.

pimps and hos by jogilvy July 10, 2002 - 3:26 PM PDT
6 out of 9 members found this review helpful
i actually really enjoyed this doc, and thought they did a _great job _ covering a seamy and often hysterically represented slice of american life--no surprise that a year or two later all of the trendy jackasses roun the nation were having their own pimps and hos parties-- see what i mean?

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