MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,603 this week

American Pimp (1999)

R  |   |  Documentary  |  January 1999 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 1,952 users   Metascore: 59/100
Reviews: 38 user | 31 critic | 19 from Metacritic.com

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 »

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 21 Apr 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 03 Nov 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 19 Dec 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 03 Jul 2014
 
a list of 41 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "American Pimp" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: American Pimp (1999)

American Pimp (1999) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of American Pimp.
2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Knights of the South Bronx (TV Movie 2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the ... See full summary »

Director: Allen Hughes
Stars: Ted Danson, Malcolm David Kelley, Keke Palmer
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A realistic look into the lives of real pimps such as Ice-T, Don "Magic" Juan and others. Alongside real hookers, thugs and their clients on the mean streets of various cities within America.

Director: Brent Owens
Stars: The Bishop Don Magic Juan, Ice-T, Mike Epps
South Central (1992)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man is sent to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop crime but his son has now followed the criminal path of his father.

Director: Stephen Milburn Anderson
Stars: Byron Minns, Glenn Plummer, Lexie Bigham
From Hell (2001)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm
Scratch (2001)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Pray
Stars: Marc 7, Afra, Carlos Aguilar
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson
Killa Season (Video 2006)
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Flea was a basketball player, happy with his subtle hustle, until a Dominican connect introduced him to a new way to spread the work and make all the cake. Flea assembles his friends and ... See full summary »

Director: Cam'ron
Stars: Cam'ron, Durrel Mohammad, Juelz Santana
Panther I (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A dramatized account of the story of The Black Panther Party of Self-Defense.

Director: Mario Van Peebles
Stars: Kadeem Hardison, Bokeem Woodbine, Joe Don Baker
Juice (1992)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

"Juice" is about 4 inner-city teens who get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as 'the juice'.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.

Director: John Singleton
Stars: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An anthology of short films that pairs directors with leading economic advisers to create stories that offer a better understanding of how the economy impacts all of our lives.

Directors: Bob Balaban, Jon M. Chu, and 11 more credits »
Stars: Chadd Smith, Robert Clotworthy, Will Janowitz
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Allen Hughes
Stars: Dr. Dre, Eminem, Skylar Grey
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cafetão Americano  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$258,148 (USA) (28 July 2000)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

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 ...
See more »

Connections

Features Willie Dynamite (1974) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good Documentary
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

American Pimp (1999)

*** (out of 4)

Interesting documentary from Albert and Allen Hughes about pimps and the ins and outs of the business. If you're easily offended then this isn't the film for you but it's highly entertaining and interesting in a behind the scenes type of way. We get to learn when this trade started plus what it takes to keep it going. I can't say I enjoyed any of the pimps on display here as I find them to be lazy bums but they tried to get their point of view across. The directors seem to glamorize them a tad bit too much and it would have been interesting for a more direct look with more of the down side. Clips from earlier "pimp" films are also shown.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Wow... looks like this board missed the point... controlclerk
Name of the James Brown track Choda_Boy
Is there a soundtrack? sark-2
Name of track that plays over the closing credits? sven-netpimp
Fillmore Slim KingLance1
Kenny Red's Theme Song mackenzie807
Discuss American Pimp (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page