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American Pimp (1999)

Street pimps, all of them African-American, discuss their lives and work: getting started, being flamboyant, pimping in various U.S. cities, bringing a woman into their group, taking a ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
John S. Dickson John S. Dickson ... Himself (as Rosebudd)
Antonio Fargas ... Link Brown
Heidi Fleiss ... Herself (archive footage)
L. Hammond L. Hammond ... Payroll The Pimp
Hugh Hefner ... Himself (archive footage) (as Hugh M. Hefner)
Dennis Hof ... Himself
Bradley Honable Bradley Honable ... Bradley
Bishop Don Magic Juan ... Himself
Max Julien ... Himself / Goldie
Rudy Ray Moore ... Dolemite
Conan O'Brien ... Himself (archive footage)
Roscoe Orman ... Willie Dynamite
Kenny Redd Kenny Redd ... Himself (as K-Red)
Clarence Sims Clarence Sims ... Himself (as Fillmore Slim)
Carol Speed ... Lulu
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Storyline

Street pimps, all of them African-American, discuss their lives and work: getting started, being flamboyant, pimping in various U.S. cities, bringing a woman into their group, taking a woman from another pimp, and the rules and regulations of pimping. The men are clear: it's about money. The women work every night, hustle hard, turn over all their earnings, and steal anything they can from clients. We meet a few of the women, who tell us what they want from a pimp. We also listen to a women who's legally employed at a Nevada brothel; we meet her White boss, a legal pimp. He and the street pimps, some of whom are now retired, make the case for legalizing the trade. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive sexual content including dialogue, strong language and some drug related material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cafetão Americano See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,699, 11 June 2000

Gross USA:

$287,724

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$287,724
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Referenced for jokes in Idiocracy (2006), particularly the spelling of Rosebudd's name and his philosophy of a "pimp's love" vs. a "square's love." See more »

Quotes

Kenny Red: And I'm a junky. Shit, I need money like a junky need heron.
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Referenced in Idiocracy (2006) See more »

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Pimpin' ain't easy
3 May 2002 | by saicalumSee all my reviews

As it is with the priesthood, so it is with the pimp game-many are called, few are chosen. I unequivocally recommend "American Pimp" to those select few "squares" who seek to broaden their knowledge of "the game". It should also be required viewing for all "players" or erstwhile "macks". Quite often, documentaries inevitably reveal the filmmaker's personal views, at which point the myth of objectivity dissolves. Not so with the Hughes brothers dissection of pimpology. Most if not all myths surrounding these gentlemen of leisure are exploded within the flick's first few frames. It doesn't matter how much the Hughes brothers show you- it's obvious they've just scratched the surface. If the pimp game was Disney World, all of us squares would be snapping Polaroids on a tourbus rolling past the parking lot. And there is an ironic symmetry in the knowledge that both square and pimp are outsiders to each other's worlds, overlapping through hoes, cash, and the law. Pleasure is the business of a gentleman of leisure, and a suitcase full of classic tunes on the soundtrack smoothly transports one into the life of "yac" and custom-fitted suits. But for all the glory, there is also exile and regret. The inclusion of archival film and television footage is strategic and precise, lending an historical perspective to the Pimp of the Now. Wake up and smell the cologne. Pimpin' ain't no joke.


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