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Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

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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

African culture glorifying Slavery. Sad

Terrible. Blew my mind how a culture so scarred by slavery would turn around glorify sexual slavery.

A Polarizing Tale of Underworld Life & Living

If you think this documentary is a glorfication of pimping, you are missing the point. Yes, it does tell of a pimp's glory & glamour, but it also tells of his loniliness, his misery and ultimately of his demise. These are Iceberg's confessions. Ghastly as they may be, they are HIS confessions and he refuses to sugar coat anything. In today's "rap" generation, it's cool to lie. It's cool to act like everything is "all good" all the time, but this documentary speaks from a place of truth that many of today's people can't handle. Today's youth are led to believe there's zero consequences for their actions. Everybody's looking for a shortcut and/or an easy way out, but if you really pay attention to what Iceberg's life is telling you, you'll learn that there aren't any cheatcodes in life. Hopefully those that are born into unfortunate circumstances are inspired to not let their situation define them, but instead moitvate them to turn a negative into a positive. The fact that iceberg shared his life with us is just that; the turning of a negative into a positive. Jorge Hinojosa & Ice-T do an EXCELLENT job giving his story a well deserved re-birth.

I don't get it.

I realize that this brings back nostalgic memories for some, but when is our society going to have a healthy distain for crime, hussling, drug dealing, lack of (even an interest in) an education, violence, and will somebody please tell me in what world is making a career of the oppression and/or enslavement of women not offensive? Just that Iceberg Slim freely used the word "pimp" should be reason enough all the famous people promoting this film should be speaking out against this kind of mindset. If not for ourselves, then at least for the next generation.

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

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