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Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

HD   R Closed Captioning

Jorge Hinojosa

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About the Movie

Examines the legendary life of Iceberg Slim, notorious pimp and author of seven ground-breaking books. Insightful interviews with well-known artists, scholars, friends and family members create a riveting tapestry as colorful as the subject himself. The autobiographical work of Iceberg Slim is considered to be the genesis of blaxploitation films and gangster rap and it continues to influence artists today.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The film is weighed down by the testimony of bespectacled professors from hip critical studies and English departments and a psychologist, who describe Mr. Beck's biography without the punch and lyricism of his prose. – Miriam Bale, New York Times, Jul 18, 2013

Fresh: A labor of love biodoc that nonetheless offers a warts-and-all evaluation of its subject, Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp intrigues and illuminates. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Sep 11, 2012

Fresh: It's briskly pieced together from interviews and archival footage, including snippets of Slim that easily hint at his authoritative, brooding magnetism. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Jul 11, 2013

Fresh: [Dierctor Jorge] Hinojosa does a good job of showing Iceberg's humanity without glossing over the viciousness of his chosen profession. – Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/, Aug 15, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Great film

I was interesting in seeing this doc because the profound influence Iceberg Slim had on Hip hop and popular culture, but I was surprised at how tragically beautiful this film was.
This is a touching and honest portrayal of one of America's greatest writers.

Most informative.

The reviews here wondering when the kingdom of god will be realized here on earth, when crime will no longer be glorified, when abuse to women (or sons) is a forgotten moment from a previous planet -- well, "what should be" is not what is. Hinojosa presents a full picture of Slim, a character worth studying for his cultural impact alone. For the predictable cacklers criticizing even the effort to put Slim to film, Joel Osteen is in the podcast section.

Striking exploration of a major source of pop culture violence against women

This is a strong film that is at once informative, and visually and aurally compelling. Those with concerns over the implications of pimping, and a culture of violence against women (which is hopefully everyone) would do well to recognize the difference between reporting something and glorifying it, and consider too, just what this film is about.

Importantly, this film is not only about pimping, or books that some may justifiably argue glorify it. The film is also *about* the vein of hip-hop/pop culture that stems from those books; it is a foray into the profoundly important question of WHY modern culture has so often glorified violence against women.

Whether it's the slick, pounding soundtrack, or the dynamic retro images of pulp-fiction-prostitutes, we have the unique experience of witnessing the artwork born of Iceberg Slim's sinister life simultaneously with its critique. A combination not to be missed.

Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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