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The Players Club (1998)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 8 April 1998 (USA)
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A woman must contend with rival strippers and her boss in an attempt to make a legitimate living.

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Ice Cube

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Ice Cube
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
LisaRaye McCoy ... Diamond (as Lisa Raye)
Dick Anthony Williams ... Mr. Armstrong
Judyann Elder ... Mrs. Armstrong (as Judy Ann Elder)
Chrystale Wilson ... Ronnie
Adele Givens ... Tricks
Bernie Mac ... Dollar Bill
Anthony Johnson ... L'il Man (as A.J. Johnson)
Jimmy Woodard Jimmy Woodard ... Miron
Montae Russell ... Lance (as Monte Russell)
Oren Williams ... Jamal @ 4 Years
Monica Calhoun ... Ebony
Jossie Thacker Jossie Thacker ... Stripper #1 (as Jossie Harris)
Lalanya Masters Lalanya Masters ... Stripper #2
Ursula Y. Houston Ursula Y. Houston ... Dancer #2
Annie O'Donnell ... Lady
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Storyline

Diana, a young mom working at a shoe store meets two strippers, Tricks and Ronnie. They tell her that she should work at The Playa's Club for big money. The woman accepts and soon introduces her cousin into the club. Then she finds out that her cousin is doing housecalls which Tricks bribed her to do. One day Diana returns to her house after almost being raped by an obsessed fan and finds her cousin sleeping with her ex-boyfriend. She kicks her cousin out and starts dating Blue, a DJ at the club. They go out one night and Diana's cousin calls asking her to pick her up from a bachelor party. Diana refuses and soon after her cousin is raped. Now she has only one option, to put Tricks in her place. Written by Kyle <Kyleshivers@aol.com>

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Here, we get down and dirty. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Danças Eróticas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,421,172, 12 April 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,031,390, 9 August 1998
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Company Credits

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ice Cube, Bernie Mac, AJ Johnson, Tiny Lister, Faizon Love and Ronn Riser all also appeared in Friday (1995) together. See more »

Goofs

In Diamond's first scene in the dressing room, her pony tail is set high on top of her head. When Ronnie guides her into the main room of the club, Diamond's pony tail is pulled back further and is spiky at the top. See more »

Quotes

[to Ronnie, after she lost a fight with Diamond]
Li'l Man: Did you at least pinch the bitch?
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Crazy Credits

After the ending credits, two Ice Cube videos are shown. The first video is Ice Cube - We Be Clubbin. The second video is Ice Cube featuring Mr. Short Khop - My Loved Ones. See more »

Connections

References Good Times (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

You Know I'm a Ho
Performed by Master P and Ice Cube
Written by Jay Hutchins, Jay Fletcher, L. Smith, Ice Cube and Master P
Ice Cube appears courtesy of Priority Records
Master P appears courtesy of No Limit Records
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respectable directorial debut for Cube
5 March 2002 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

Unremarkable but ambitious story from writer-director Ice Cube. A young woman recalls her emotionally wrenching experiences while working at a raunchy black strip club. More specifically, she remembers the burden of dealing with sleazy customers, reprehensible rivals, and wild parties on the side, all the while doing her best to maintain her dignity while working to better her life. Intriguing story is accompanied by a talented cast, powerful moments, and some fine performances, but too often resorts to familiar plot twists and lame stereotypes. Not a bad piece of work for first time director Cube, but would have benefited from more creativity. **


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