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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


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

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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 »


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 ...
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unsure how unbiased I'll be here but here we go...
23 February 2003 | by nivek_nailgunSee all my reviews

I could only sit through about fifteen minutes of this and here's why: It seemed to me (although correct me if I'm wrong please) that they were showing black pimps only. The box cover gives such an impression also. Are we supposed to believe that being a pimp is cool or something to look up to? These people are gutter filth who live and prey off of others. I don't rate them much higher than child pornographers. I couldn't help but get the feeling that they were aiming to make it seem to be a 'cool' part of black culture. Weird what people look up to nowadays. I've only one question to anyone who thinks in this way: How cool would it be if it was your mother being whored out? All this aside I was drawn to watch the film because I thought we'd get a look at this particular section of life's underbelly. The 'cool' factor was overwhelming me to the point of annoyance and unrealism so I had to switch the channel. From what I saw....not recommended.

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Release Date:

January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cafetão Americano See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$650,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,699, 11 June 2000

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1.85 : 1
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