American PimpDirector: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Albert and Allen Hughes, the writing and directing team of Menace II Society and Dead Presidents, turn their documentary eye to the world of street pimps in this 1999 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition entry. The black urban pimps interviewed here open up to reveal their world and their secrets to the camera in a film that is not about sex, but about power. We meet pimps named Filmore Slim, C-Note, K-Red, Gorgeous Dre, and Rosebudd as they discuss their business, including percentages, lifestyles, stealing "ho's," and the Player's Ball. These men exude charm and charisma, and boast rock-star status in their communities, with expensive clothes, cars, and bankrolls. The film works as an allegory to the film and music industries, where people are lured with glamour and money, only to be used as commodity and tossed out once they have passed their prime. The film also traces the history of the street pimp from the '20s to the present, with particular emphasis on the '70s pimp, whose lifestyle was exposed in the blaxploitation films of the '70s.
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This film was very enlightening, to say the least. It shows the underworld of pimping and hoing at it's best and worst. The MEN in this film are brutaly honest about their profession, and so are the women. If you are like me, and are fascinated by people who live on the edge, take this vicarious ride thru ''the life''. The Hughes brothers must be commended on their ability to get these people to open up and talk about their lives. The language is quite uncouth, but the people are telling you the truth as they see it. Everyone knows that the main part of the game is talking, rapping per se, and when you run out of words, the game ends.
Reveals "tha life" of a pimp and his "bitches," not to be sexist, but that's how they talk and that's what this tremendously honest and disturbing DVD has to show. All the pimps are very loquacious and manipulative and charming to say the least. The one criticism I have is that they didn't have enough of the prostitute's voice.
Tha Huaghs Brothers aint no joke. Thiz waz a bad a** flick. I own it on DVD. I never get tired of watchin' it. No actorz, no script. Just real life pimpz talkin' about real life pimp s**t. Tha Huaghs Brothers did a hell of a job. They xxxplore tha pimp lifestyle and follow tha upz and downz of tha profession. Thiz waz by far tha best documentery I have ever seen. It did'nt xploit tha pimp lifestyle like tha movie Pimps Up Ho's Down did. A must have.
When you turn on a camera you get actors even when they tell it like it is.
keep your wallet in your pocket. This stinks.