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American Pimp (2000)

Too $hort , John S. Dickson , Albert Hughes , Allen Hughes  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Too $hort, John S. Dickson, Antonio Fargas, Heidi Fleiss, L. Hammond
  • Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
  • Producers: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes, Kevin J. Messick, Spencer Franklin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • 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: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630601232X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,974 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Pimp" on IMDb

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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" (The New York Post) containing "blunt, raw power and stylistic energy" (The Hollywood Reporter), American Pimp is "a primer on pimp craftand culture" (Shout) that takes you into the shadowy world of prostitution, "putting on the screen everything you ever wanted to know about pimps" (Nuart). Cutting straight to the heart of the world's oldest profession, this intimate portrait of infamous "mack-daddies" like Filmore Slim, C-Note, Gorgeous Dre and Rosebudd is eye-opening and shocking. From the dirty streets of New York, L.A. and San Francisco to the "Player's Ball" in Milwaukee, you'll walk the boulevard ofbroken dreams and hear every heart-wrenching story and hilarious anecdote. It's an exclusive ride you've never experiencedand won't soon forget.

There's a fascinating film to be made about the pimp culture and the myth of the outlaw sexual entrepreneur. American Pimp, a slick and entertaining but rather timid documentary by filmmaking brother act Allen and Albert Hughes (Menace 2 Society, Dead Presidents) isn't quite it, but it's a captivating document nonetheless. Flashy, garrulous real-life characters with names like Charm, Rosebudd, Too $hort, C-Note, and the "internationally known" Bishop Don Magic Juan take over their interviews with silver-tongued charm, spinning self-aggrandizing, often contradictory stories of life in the trade. The Hughes never challenge those contradictions and give only token representation to the women in the life (who have either bought into the myth or are too cowed to say differently). Apart from a few unguarded statements by less cagey subjects, the film avoids the seedy flip side to the so-called benevolent relationship between pimp and "ho." More to the Hughes' point is the fluid relationship between media image (as celebrated in such blaxploitation classics such as The Mack and Willie Dynamite) and street image. Simultaneously embracing and decrying their outlaw status, these pimps transform themselves into peacocklike fashion statements inspired by the very images they find so denigrating. They are undeniably dynamic characters playing out a bizarre fantasy of wealth, power, and swaggering sexuality, but if the film shows the cracks in their masks, it never manages to reveal the men under the money or expose the fallacy behind the fantasy. --Sean Axmaker

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You want real EDUTAINMENT??? You GOT IT. October 10, 2000
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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!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HMM... July 5, 2002
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Pimp review.... July 23, 2000
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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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All American "PIMP" February 27, 2001
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.... Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Now even the dorkiest white guy can enter the world ...
Now even the dorkiest white guy can enter the world of pimps and hoes, if only for a brief moment.
Published 2 months ago by paperloversparadise
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Quite possibly the funniest thing I have ever seen. Non stop laughs at these ridiculous excuses of human beings. The scum of the Earth with catchy rhymes . . .
Published 4 months ago by Chad Chapel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hughes Brothers do it again
This is a raw in depth look into the world's oldest game from an AA perspective. Filmore Slim is dropping knowledge as many of them do. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Babyface
5.0 out of 5 stars American Pimp
Having never seen too many pictures of this genre, I must say, I was impressed. It's a sad fact that many people are on many differing levels in our society. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Debbie
3.0 out of 5 stars American Pimp
An expose as to the real world of pimping. Only a few women are interviewed in the film. Some of the pimps were stereotypical clowns and others (the more successful ones) were low... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nancy Muldoon
3.0 out of 5 stars With my mind on my money and my money on my mind.
American Pimp (The Hughes Brothers, 1999)
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It shouldn't surprise anyone that stereotypes are wrong, and that the truth is always far... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert Beveridge
2.0 out of 5 stars American Pimp review
It was not my cup of tea. There was a lot of bad language; however, I understood that world a little better.
Published 9 months ago by Purity Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars As American as debt and unemployment
Another classic from the Hughes brothers. This one focuses more on the stories of the pimps and prostitutes rather than just gratuitous shots of nudity etc. Read more
Published 11 months ago by O. Boy
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality
I think this is a documentary that will help people open the mind to understanding and knowing what this game is about.
Published on March 7, 2012 by Sway
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this pimp video
The video was as advertised and works fine. The video story is pretty good and keeps your attention. Now I want to get another one called The MacK.
Published on January 8, 2012 by R. Jordan
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