"Several of the reviewers made comments about what this doucmentary lacked. They obviously are unaware that this film is the third part of a stunning, gritty trilogy, originally aired on HBO as part of the "America Under Cover" series. The first two installments("Hookers at the Point", parts 1 & 2) dealt exclusively with the lives of the prostitutes. The drug addiction, violence, legal entanglements, and broken relationships associated with "the life" were throughly explored. This film is exactly what is claims to be - a look into the life of a pimp. I had an uncle that was a pimp until his death at age 49. This film accurately reflects how he lived. He had the gold, the cars, the 'gators, and the women. He lived fast and he died young. I recommend viewing all three parts of the series. As a stand alone film, "Pimps Up, Ho's Down" is a tour-de-force about the pimpin'."
Pimps Up, Ho's Down
C. Jackson | 07/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I gave this 4 stars not because I believe in this mess but because I believe girls/woman who are leaning toward this life style would benefit from watching this first. The pimps look for women who have already suffered abuse from her own family. This makes it easier for them to physically, emotionally and mentally not to mention sexually abuse their prostitutes. They need an already "damaged" woman to exploit her. They specifically say they need women with low self-esteem and those that have been molested as children. They then build their business by furthering the cycle of abuse of these woman. The men who pimp women also lack respect for women. Although they say they don't. It's obvious they don't know the definition of respect. They are parasites who have sold their souls. They control every aspect of a woman's life. They do mention several times that a "Ho" picks them. Which justifies the abuse. They could not deal or relate to women with their self-esteem in tack. They are predators, and abused women are their prey. This movie could help women from refusing the business and seeking counseling in dealing with her issues. If she could see the life she is headed to in advance by seeing and understanding this movie. The men who pimp women also have issues of being inferior so they take that aggression out on someone less inferior which happens to be a woman with pre-existing psychological issues of abuse and neglect. So with that said, these wanna be "men" are no more than "Bitches" themselves. I almost forgot, they have female pimps. They are lesbians. Enough said. However, they are not as ruthless as the men. Many have their girls are dancers/strippers and not selling their bodies. What I can't understand is how we, as a people could ever justify "owning" another human being. Selling them to the highest bidder, then having the audacity to have issues with slavery. These uneducated fools are modern day slave masters. The oppressed have become the oppressor. "
Pimp no mo
mladams69 | Pimp City, USA | 04/09/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"These are the fictional pimps of yester-year, hamming it up for the cameras and remembering to good old days. Real pimps today are not like this. These guys would be riddled with bullets within a week of real pimping in the ghetto. The drug dealers invaded the black pimping scene years ago, and now most ghetto pimps are young, extremely violent crack dealers, and they sell crack hoes now too. They use up women more quickly with none of the love for their beetches like the old-timers. If you want to be amused laughing at exaggerations of black stereotypes, this movie is for you. I give it 5 stars for amusement factor, 1 star for accurate portrayal of real life pimping."
Please Check this out.
C. Jackson | 02/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Out of the two recent movies about the game. I initially thought that American pimp was the more serious of the two. When looking at the regular edition you may be disappointed by its lack of 'realness' meaning that while it is very entertaining it lacks, the grittyness of the hughes brothers films and owens other films such as Hookers and Johns...etc. Well, I changed my mind when I saw the DVD directors cut. It is almost a completely different film. There is tons more footage and it includes two unseen pimps. This aditional footage provides the grittiness and realism that the regular edition lacked. I emplore you to check this one out and the compare it to American pimp, I am sure that you will agree that it will stand up."
Pimps! The truth is told.
Timothy Fenner | Akron, Oh USA | 12/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are only a few films that come around that keeps you thinking long after it is over, "Pimps Up, Hoes Down" is such a film. From start to end it keeps you mesmerized, from crazy clothes to the silly hoes, it grabs your attention and does'nt let go. Probably the most amazing character in the film is Bishop, the ex-pimp. This guy is probably the most dramatic piece of work ever put on film. He needs his own television show, all he needs is a camera and some lights to show off the colorful duds.His vocabulary is extrordinary. All the pimps and hoes are interesting, they pull you into their world and what a glimpse. If you get this film for anything it should be for the Player's Ball. This is one that ranks up there with O.J Simpson's Bronco chase, the ball shows the pimps and hoes in all their glory. In short it is "Tight", you will be viewing this segment for years to come. Do yourself a favor and get this film, it is nothing short of a masterpiece. Seriously!"