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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 John S. Dickson ... Self (as Rosebudd)
Antonio Fargas ... Link Brown
Heidi Fleiss ... Self (archive footage)
L. Hammond L. Hammond ... Payroll The Pimp
Hugh Hefner ... Self (archive footage) (as Hugh M. Hefner)
Dennis Hof ... Self
Bradley Honable Bradley Honable ... Bradley
Bishop Don Magic Juan ... Self
Max Julien ... Self / Goldie
Rudy Ray Moore ... Dolemite
Conan O'Brien ... Self (archive footage)
Roscoe Orman ... Willie Dynamite
Kenny Redd Kenny Redd ... Self (as K-Red)
Clarence Sims Clarence Sims ... Self (as Fillmore Slim)
Carol Speed ... Lulu
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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>

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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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Trivia

Referenced for jokes in Idiocracy (2006), particularly the spelling of Rosebudd's name and his philosophy of a "pimp's love" vs. a "square's love." See more »

Quotes

Clarence Sims: Before dere was any pimp in the world, dere was Mary Magdalene. She wa' hoing all the motherfuckin' time in da Bible days. Jesus knew it.
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References Werewolf of London (1935) See more »

User Reviews

Fascinating movie.
14 April 2002 | by InfofreakSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cafetão Americano See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,699, 11 June 2000

Gross USA:

$287,724

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$287,724
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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