Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp 2013 CC

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Examines the legendary life of Iceberg Slim, notorious pimp and author of seven ground-breaking books.

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African American Cinema
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1 hour 29 minutes

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Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

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Genres Documentary
Director Jorge Hinojosa
Starring African American Cinema
Supporting actors Diane Beck, Misty Beck, Robert Beck, Mathieu Bitton, Snoop Dogg, Bill Duke, Justin Gifford, Odie Hawkins, Red Holloway, Emory Holmes, Ice-T, Quincy Jones, The Bishop Don Magic Juan, Seth Kadish, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Markskillz, Richard Milner, Bentley Moriss
Studio Documentary - Biography
Captions and subtitles English Details
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In the end, the film will change your perspective.
Martin Kunert
Great use of interviews as to give the viewer a vivid picture of who iceberg slim really was and his literary and cultural reach.
Devin Fields
Beck himself viewed the life as detestable and harmful to the overall well being of society and in particular African Americans.
Sam

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cyn1hin on July 27, 2013
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This documentary is an eye opener on an unknown world to most of us. From his early childhood through the turmoils of his life we have a vivid portrait of the man who became an influential writer. In-depth interviews with now famous rap stars as well as invaluable information from Slim's own family, especially his now deceased wife and daughters, give an even more intimate picture of this complex writer and his life. His experiences cover most of the social spectrum and we are able to view him with all his bumps and accolades. Photo images and clips from the past to the present help to give us a rounded picture of the way street life was while he was living it. Very enlightening, engrossing film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rita8506 on July 22, 2013
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Very good documentary and very enlightening! I enjoyed watching every minute of the documentary and was even surprised by some of the things I found out in the world of "pimping".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darren Scott Monroe on October 8, 2013
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Really shared a VERY interesting history that happened in my city (Chicago) a life I will never know (pimping). But like the movie Goodfellas this is a REAL story of the good bad and the ugly. He is not PROMOTING or GLAMORIZING pimping. It is just the OPPOSITE as he (Iceberg Slim) is talking against young men getting in the game. And to see him talk about it LIVE in person over the span of 50 years + and understand the history is AMAZING.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Casey Watkins on July 7, 2014
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Excellent documentary. Do not believe the haters out there that are committed to tarnishing this movie's greatness. Excellent from start to finish. The interviews , stock footage, and facts are all very well organized and presented. Well worth your time and money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Brooks on June 30, 2014
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I didn't realize that this film would touch me so deeply, but my applause to Ice T and Misty Beck among others for creating this tribute to one of the most important and unsung literary legends of our time, Mr. Robert Beck, aka Iceberg Slim. Growing up on the streets of Detroit, my options were few, work at a factory, deal drugs or hustle on the streets. Leaning towards the life of a thief and a hustler, I began examining the pimping game, loving the glamour, the "celebrity," for which it brought with it, and of course, the women. However, praise to God that before I began to descend into that "street poison," as Mr. Beck calls it, I read his books, The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim, and Pimp: The Story of My Life. Mr. Beck's vivid accounts of "The Life," and his fall into drug addiction and incarceration opened my eyes to the realities of such a life. Mr. Beck also turned my dreams of street hustling into a dream of being a writer, having been the first writer I had ever read who so eloquently blended articulation with street savvy; in other words, Ice made it cool to be both book smart and street smart. I wish that I could have met him before his passing, for he was truly a mentor and a hero, to a cat from the ghetto who really needed one at the time. Excellent work, and highly recommended to anyone, African American or of any nationality who wants to understand this paradox of a man, and his vision.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linwood Dailey on May 9, 2014
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A literary genius born out of tragedy. Knowing he was the villain...I cheered for his quest for redemption. Gripping and revealing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry on July 14, 2014
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Recently shown on Premium cable, this documentary is about Robert Beck, alias Iceberg Slim. His wife and daughters appear in the film, as well as his fans Ice-T, Chris Rock and others. Iceberg Slim has long been a component of the underground black street culture, I first read his book in 1970.
The film shows how the man became an author and was massively underpaid for the millions of his books sold by his publisher
His estate has a new publisher now, which I assume will be more financially beneficial..
This film is not about sex. There are many humorous anecdotes. Iceberg's great talent was as a storyteller. This film is not an instructional video on pimping.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlos on May 7, 2014
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This is a masterfully crafted documentary about a man who most would find utterly repulsive and yet you'll find yourself drawn to his candor and vulnerability. We all love to root for the underdog and Iceberg Slim makes Rocky Balboa seem like a trust fund baby with a sweater tied across his shoulders! I laughed, cried, and reflected on my own missteps during this cinematic rollercoaster! Truly a must see!
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