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Street pimps, all of them African-American, discuss their lives and work: getting started, being flamboyant... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Pimpin' Ain't Easy See more (38 total) »

Cast

 

Too $hort ... Too $hort
John S. Dickson ... Himself (as Rosebudd)

Antonio Fargas ... Link Brown

Heidi Fleiss ... Herself (archive footage)
L. Hammond ... Payroll The Pimp

Hugh M. Hefner ... Himself (archive footage)
Dennis Hof ... Himself

The 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 ... Himself (as K-Red)
Clarence Sims ... Himself (as Fillmore Slim)

Carol Speed ... Lulu
Andre Taylor ... Himself (as Gorgeous Dre)
Mel Taylor ... Himself
Patrick Hegarty ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Hughes 
Allen Hughes 
 
Produced by
Spencer Franklin .... co-producer
Albert Hughes .... producer
Allen Hughes .... producer
Kevin J. Messick .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Albert Hughes 
 
Film Editing by
Doug Pray 
 
Sound Department
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Yann Delpuech .... supervising sound effects editor
Ethan Holzman .... assistant sound editor
Allen Hughes .... sound
Robin Johnston .... machine room recordist
Darren King .... sound editor
Gregory King .... supervising sound editor
E. Niles Klein .... sound editorial technical consultant
Aaron Levy .... sound recordist
Rob Nokes .... sound editorial technical consultant
Rudy Pi .... sound re-recording mixer
Joan Rowe .... foley artist (as Joanie Rowe)
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
John Switzer .... post-production sound coordinator
Meg Taylor .... assistant sound editor
Eric Thompson .... foley mixer
Steven D. Williams .... supervising sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical effects photography: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... optical element Hazeltine colorist: THDX (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Bennett .... additional photographer
Frank W. Ockenfels III .... still photographer: black and white (as Frank W. Ockenfels 3)
Sacha Riviere .... additional first assistant camera
D. Stevens .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Teresa Lang .... additional editor
Dan Lebental .... contributing editor
Michael Moncreiff .... negative cutter
Dana Ross .... color timer
 
Music Department
Jason Alexander .... assistant music supervisor
Sharon Boyle .... music consultant
Sean Carasov .... music supervisor
Jonathan Karp .... music editor
Jill Meyers .... music business affairs
 
Transportation Department
Gary Preece .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Keith Barefoot .... additional crew
Jerry Kitz .... title designer
F. Stanley Pearse Jr. .... location manager: New Orleans
 
Thanks
Eddie Murphy .... special thanks
David Wirtschafter .... special thanks (as Dave Wirtschafter)
 

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Rated R for pervasive sexual content including dialogue, strong language and some drug related material
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Pimpin' Ain't Easy, 1 October 2001
Author: mattymatt4ever from Jersey City, NJ

I've always had a guilty curiosity about the life of a pimp. Of course, we have those "pimp stereotypes" in films like "The Mack" and "Willie Dynamite." But do we really, really know ALL about this lucrative, though immoral, profession? Thanks to the Hughes Brothers, now we do.

First of all, this well-made documentary doesn't glorify the life of street pimps. I'm sure a lot of you out there (especially women) will take one look at a film like this, and say to yourself, "Why the hell do I want to watch a movie about greedy, heartless, misogynistic 'mack daddies' who make a living at degrading women for their own financial pleasure?" The Hughes Brothers don't try to take sides. In fact, the film opens with a montage of opinions (mostly negative) from everyday people about these pimps. Whether you condone the industry or condemn it, that's not the issue.

Allen and Albert Hughes do a wonderful job at intercutting the views and "days in the lives" of real pimps with clips from seventies blaxploitation flicks and topping it off with a vivid soundtrack filled with classic soul music. The film starts out by showing the more luxurious, darkly comic side of pimping. It's interesting to learn what real pimps really have to say. Of course, their vocabularies practically consist of three words: "ni**a," "motherf**ker" and "b**ch." But hey, that's how they talk. Am I going to blame the Hughes Brothers for writing an excessively profane script? They didn't write a script! This is how these pimps really talk!

As the film goes on, we learn the more serious side of pimping. We learn the pimping REALLY ain't easy. But at the same time, they're not completely heartless. When one of their "hos" die or get sucked into drug addiction, they can't go on with their lives like nothing happened. And it's interesting to see how different pimps took different paths. Some decided to quit the business and concentrate on raising their families, some ended up in the penitentiary and some (believe it or not) found religion. But some still feel that pimping is the way to go, and though it's immoral, they don't necessarily think it's wrong. We even get a brief introduction into the lives of "legal pimps." You know, those clean-cut white guys with the fancy whorehouses with quality hookers who will do anything they please for a large sum of money.

Expect to see gratuitous close-ups of female rear ends. At times, you feel as if you're watching a 2 Live Crew video. This is another film that I can consider a feminist's nightmare. Nevertheless, it's wonderfully done, eye-catching, compelling, funny and sometimes heartfelt. The Hughes meant to explore the subject without patronizing it. And I found it quite fascinating. If there happened to be a filmmaker who explored the world of pimping before these guys, then let me know. Until then, I give Allen and Albert two thumbs up for taking on daring subject matter involving an underworld of people often overlooked--or broadly portrayed--by the average filmmaker.

My score: 7 (out of 10)

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