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American Pimp
American Pimp
Actors: John S. Dickson, Antonio Fargas, Heidi Fleiss, L. Hammond, Hugh M. Hefner
Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Genres: Drama, Educational, African American Cinema
R     2000     1hr 27min

Urban auteur filmmakers, the Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents) hitthe mean streets with an "incredibly entertaining and charismatic" (Shout) expose on real-life pimps. A "snappy, stylish documentary" (Th...  more »


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Actors: John S. Dickson, Antonio Fargas, Heidi Fleiss, L. Hammond, Hugh M. Hefner
Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Creators: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes, Doug Pray, Kevin J. Messick, Spencer Franklin
Genres: Drama, Educational, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Drama, Educational, African American Cinema
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/17/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2000
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

You want real EDUTAINMENT??? You GOT IT.
Ed Trillo | Los Angeles, CA USA | 10/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If this film can be summed up into one word, it's "Edutainment". Believe it or not, this film is not only immensely entertaining, but it is educational as well. All our lives we've seen images of pimps in TV shows and movies, dressed up in their purple snakeskin outfits and acting like clowns - but "American Pimp" illustrates what real-life pimps are really like.Ok, so some of the pimps ARE a bunch of guys dressed up in purple outfits acting like clowns, but this documentary shows the side of "pimpin'" that you've never seen. You'll learn about "the game" and how pimps get "knocked" for not keeping tight reins on their "hoes." You'll also see how their girls work day and night making hundreds, even thousands of dollars, and then handing it all over to their pimps without even getting the slightest share in profits.Why do the girls do this? Why to pimps do what they do? WHAT exactly are pimps? Well watch "American Pimp" and you'll be educated and entertained like never before on the age-old profession of "pimpin".This documentary ranks up there with "When They Were Kings!" It's a MUST HAVE for any DVD collection!"
J. Johnson | CT | 07/06/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Earlier this year,I happened to catch a HBO documentary on the lives of prostitutes in the Bronx area of Hunts' Point and was blown away.It was a rare showcase of the pysche of a hooker.
Most of the time,those type of documentaries are filmed from the point of view of the pimp not the prostitutes.
Hence,this documentary from one of my favorite directors,Allen
& Albert Hughes entitled "American Pimp"."American Pimp" is both fasanating and disturbing.Showcasing years worth of famous pimps.From the well-known Bishop Don Magic Juan(glamourized by rappers such as Ice-T,Snoop Dogg,
Jay-Z,and Ludacris) and Too $hort to lesser knowns such as Charm and Rosebudd.
I found Bishop Don Magic Juan the most intresting pimp because
he seemed proud of his success.He even compares his wealth(courtsey of pimping) as "The American Dream".Which is a VERY intresting view.I also found it intresting when his mother and sister were featured and they were proud of his success as well.Juan-like the other pimps featured-has a strange mix of charm,wit,self-assureness of dubious effects.You know that these men aren't to be exactly idolized yet they're charming and somewhat likeable.
Also noteworthy was the montage of the mainstream media's images of pimps.A lot of which borders on the offensive.
Blaxplotation films such as "Willie Dynamite","Superfly",and
"The Mack" glorified pimping.And rap artists have always adopted pimp tatics in their music and/or image to be cool.
Again,this is eyebrow raising stuff.The Hughes Brothers pulled off this documentary well,I must say.
They didn't rely on tired sterotypes or cartoonish protrayals.
Altough I would've liked to have seen more commentary from the female/prostitute's prespective,"American Pimp" is a very intresting documentary that can't be missed."
All American "PIMP"
christopher b. banks | Yonkers, NY | 02/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I loved Pimps up Ho's Down. American Pimp is in direct competition with the Brent Owens' HBO directed documentary. American Pimp has the edge for two reasons. The Hughes brothers examined the gamut of pimpology from it's inception, explaining the nature of the game and it's complex nuances. Also, there is a wide range of pimps described in this movie. We are introduced to "Fillmore Slim" a seventy-plus mack, who's had more than 9,000 hookers during his career as a pimp. Slim, described affectionatly by Hollywood ex-pimp, Rosebud as having his turn-out at age fifteen, giving Slim more than 60 years invested in the game. Superstar pimp, "Bishop Magic Don Juan" re-explains the pimp ho game he so eloquently described in "Pimps UP". We are even shown a legitmate pimp, who runs the bunny farm/ranch out in the Nevada desert. The legitmate pimp does not knock the street pimps, he gives them credit for keeping the game strong.To the Hughes Bros. credit, they show the underside of pimping when a New Orleans pimp is arrested for various crimes. The pimp doesn't cower against the system, he simply holds his head high and saves the regrets. Danny Boy, explains the origin of "macking" and how the modern era of pimping evolved. He explains how during the reconstruction era, "post civil-war" the pimps were undiscovered until they began to compile large sums of money, due to the "pimping". Rosebud, explains how Hollywood distorts the image of the pimp, creating a clownish, cowardly figure. Kenny Red puts the game down in D.C. Charm, explains how the track works in Honolulu...These are real dudes, doing some real stuff!!Sex sells and it's a billion dollar bizness....I don't admire pimps, but I think they lead an intruiging life style filled with amusing stories......Curious to know if the Hughes Bros. will stick to documentaries? Or continue to make full length feature films.... Great Job? Only drawback on the DVD is the terrible interview given, where they react extremely immature...."
American Pimp review....
Derrick A. Cameron | Chicago, IL United States | 07/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Excellent depiction of the life of pimping from the Hughes Brothers, who are immensely talented filmmakers and earn their documentary stripes with this work. The life is a little glorified in this movie more than it should be, but I think the Hughes Brothers do a wonderful job of trying to show all of the aspects and dimensions of pimp life across the nation, not just one city. The pimps, and whatever you might think about them, have charisma, and although you might not care about them, they are very interesting to watch, which is all you can ask of a movie with this kind of subject. Wonderful effort and it is too bad that it wasn't widely distributed."