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American Pimp -- The image of the iconic pop-culture hustler is broken down in this expose of modern pimps.  Through interviews, video surveillance, and classic film clips, these urban flesh merchants are viewed with a sympathetic eye.


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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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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
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
87 min
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
pimpin' ain't easy, but it sure is fun, as the song goes, 29 December 2007
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

American Pimp, a film by the Hughes brothers, is probably more entertaining, almost in a manner that crosses between a typical documentary and as one of the film clips shown from the Mack as an exploitation film, than it deserves to be. But then the Hughes brothers have made a film about exploitation, the self-glorified glory of it, the stylish inner world that they've created for themselves and their 'ho's' that is like the mob only, well, more stylish and specific. Unlike the mob, as the film tries to show (however true to life compared with facts you be the judge) that they aren't all violent criminals, but see it as a way of life. The Hughes's- maybe wisely and not wisely at the same time- don't try and interfere with these guys and their dialog. There's no preachy message that "pimping and prostituting is wrong." They know audiences aren't completely numb to what the facts are in a (for now) criminal enterprise.

But, as I said, it's also entertaining, the kind of entertainment that comes from listening to someone you know is crazy or f***** up and at the same time has a weird, hypnotic quality. They go through telling what it's all about- the breaking in, so to speak, of new prostitutes for the pimp, when said prostitutes might leave, the ins and outs of being a new pimp or an old pimp or someone who talks a big game and may or may not mean what he says. Actually, for the latter, the Hughes's don't seem to skimp on any of their interviewees: they all appear to be genuine to the business, appear being the big word. But it's the intent that counts, and these guys at least sound the part, as well as look it, and in a dirty way these guys are really, really funny, sometimes without trying to be even due to their own self-aggrandizing. As for the prostitutes themselves, they are shown not quite as much. While it might have been difficult for the Hughes's to get any legitimate documentary footage of them, aside from a couple of moments revealed like when a pimp named RC (I think that's his name) berates a girl for getting drunk, with the menace of violence in the subtext, it works fine as it is.

It's like a candid string of tall tales from characters painfully believable, as those who think that the media portrays them stereotypically, and why not? Some of these guys ARE walking stereotypes- doesn't stop them from getting their pimp-hand on. It ain't easy, but it's almost in a guilty way insatiable.

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