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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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Credited cast:
John S. Dickson ...
Himself (as Rosebudd)
Herself (archive footage)
L. Hammond ...
Himself (archive footage)
Dennis Hof ...
Max Julien ...
Himself / Goldie
Rudy Ray Moore ...
Himself (archive footage)
Kenny Redd ...
Himself (as K-Red)
Clarence Sims ...
Himself (as Fillmore Slim)
Andre Taylor ...
Himself (as Gorgeous Dre)


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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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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Release Date:

January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cafetão Americano  »

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Box Office


$650,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,699 (USA) (9 June 2000)


$258,148 (USA) (28 July 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Kenny Red: They think I could of did a whole bunch of intelligent things with my brain other than try to send these bitches but this is what I chose to do. This is what I'm doing. I had it hard and I hasn't able to go to college and things like that but I will be. It takes time, it takes motivation, it takes willpower, it takes brains, it takes knowhow. Ya, understand and my brain could be used for lots of things. Until I get the money to do these things I'm not gonna stand in your McDonalds. Ya know, I ...
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Fascinating movie.
14 April 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'American Pimp' is fascinating from start to finish. The Hughes brothers documentary is relatively non-judgmental, and lets the flamboyant and ultra-verbal pimps do the talking. And boy, can they talk! This lack of moralizing troubles some viewers but I found it refreshing not to be manipulated and told what to think about a subject for once. Audiences will be divided in their reactions and opinions to these guys and I like it that way. Recommended viewing for anyone with an open mind and a sense of the absurd.

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