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American Pimp

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Overview

Twin filmmakers Allen and Albert Hughes' American Pimp is revisited with this two-disc release from Shout. The DVD in the set contains over an hour of interview footage that was edited form the original film. The soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 2.0. An accompanying CD contains the film's original soundtrack. This is an excellent release for fans of the film.
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Overview

Twin filmmakers Allen and Albert Hughes' American Pimp is revisited with this two-disc release from Shout. The DVD in the set contains over an hour of interview footage that was edited form the original film. The soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 2.0. An accompanying CD contains the film's original soundtrack. This is an excellent release for fans of the film.
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Special Features

Includes a CD of the original motion picture soundtrack
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
"Priests need nuns. Doctors need nurses. Ho's need pimps," explains one of the loquacious subjects of this mesmerizing and often disturbing documentary. Directed by the Hughes brothers, Albert and Allen Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, American Pimp explores the history of the pimp archetype. The Hughes, who traveled to 15 cities and worked without a crew while conducting interviews with 30 pimps, weave together archival footage and clips from Blaxploitation films, as well as the occasional comment from a prostitute. But for the most part, the film simply allows these remarkably charismatic men -- with colorful names like Fillmore Slim, Charm, Gorgeous Dre, and Bishop Don Magic Juan -- to speak for themselves. And speak they do. America Pimp makes it clear that, above and beyond the gold chains, diamond rings, and "snakeskin down to the floor," these pimps have a way with words: they're all fast-talking, articulate, witty, and simply riveting as they explain the science and art of their trade.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
In this era of hip-hop ubiquity and voracious recycling of the past, blaxploitation chic has so permeated music, TV, films, and fashion that pimp mythology is sometimes difficult to put aside. In their first documentary foray, however, Menace II Society filmmakers Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes use this pop-culture lens as a point of departure, contrasting their outrageous collection of interview subjects with historical footage and Hollywood clips. The result is a film as disturbing and thought-provoking as it is humorous and wildly entertaining. Like many documentaries about controversial topics, American Pimp walks a fine line between presenting its subjects unflinchingly and glorifying their sometimes despicable actions and beliefs. In fact, given the self-aggrandizing fashions and mannerisms adopted by both the media's imagined, archetypal pimps and their real-life counterparts, it would be difficult to make a film about the subject that couldn't be accused of promoting the lifestyle. Yet the contradictions in the pimps' own stories provide a subtle layer of subtext, lacing the men's breezy narratives of money, power, and respect with an undercurrent of self-delusion and at least a modicum of gender equity. One pimp ends up in prison; another marries his final whore and becomes a suburban telemarketing manager. The notion that pimping is just a mirror image of American capitalism is carried out in the men's hunger for money and their constant allusions to "the game." Some of the film's plentiful laughs are the result of ironic cross-cutting, but most come from the "I can't believe he just said that" school. When one pimp, discussing his code of ethics, declares proudly that he's never stolen anything "but a bitch's mind," the line is as likely to provoke disgust as it is laughter. Unfortunately, though, actual women are in short supply in American Pimp, and interviews with prostitutes few and far between. For a movie that raises such interesting questions about representations of black men in the American media, the film could have used a few more conversations with real-life women. As is, however, American Pimp sheds light on an aspect of our culture so pervasive yet hidden that it's worth seeing just for the chance to hear these men speak out. As with most documentaries, the film itself is only the beginning of the conversation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • UPC: 826663538298
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Time: 1:10:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Brown
Technical Credits
Albert Hughes Director, Camera Operator, Cinematographer, Producer
Allen Hughes Director, Producer, Sound/Sound Designer
Sean Carasov Musical Direction/Supervision
Spencer Franklin Co-producer
Kevin J. Messick Producer
Doug Ray Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- American Pimp: Raw Outtakes and the Hard Truth DVD
1. Opening/Bradley [10:42]
3. Ken Red [11:02]
4. Snoop Dogg [12:28]
5. Payroll [10:40]
6. Rosebudd [11:14]
7. Charm/C-Note/T-Mack [13:06]
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Menu

Side #1 -- American Pimp: Raw Outtakes and the Hard Truth DVD
   Roll It
   Choose Your Pimp
Side #2 -- American Pimp: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    giant waste of time and money.

    keep your wallet in your pocket. This stinks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Everything in an American Dream

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't believe it

    When you turn on a camera you get actors even when they tell it like it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AN AMERICAN CLASSIC

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amust see for all people!!!

    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.

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