Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp (2013)

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Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp Examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of 7 groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail and have made him a cultural icon. Interviews with Iceberg Slim, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, and Quincy Jones. (c) Official Site
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R (for sexual content, some violent images and language)
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Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

[Dierctor Jorge] Hinojosa does a good job of showing Iceberg's humanity without glossing over the viciousness of his chosen profession.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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The film succeeds as an introduction to Beck the writer but is undercut by its lack of gritty details.

Full Review… | July 18, 2013
New York Post
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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.

Full Review… | July 18, 2013
New York Times
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Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp ...

Full Review… | July 16, 2013
Village Voice
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Beck's widow, his ex-wife and three daughters paint the man as someone whose success only complicated his life, estranging him from his family and eventually saddling him with crippling inertia.

Full Review… | July 16, 2013
Time Out
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Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp.

Full Review… | July 12, 2013
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp

Pimpin' ain't easy, and infamous pimp Iceberg Slim learned it the hard way but became a well-respected author later in life....interesting even if the subject matter doesn't draw you in.

Phantasm GhostWriter
Phantasm GhostWriter

Excellent documentary that shows you exactly how eloquent Iceberg was and details how greater career as a novelist. His literary career is given its just due and not just his pimpin

Dankwa Brooks
Dankwa Brooks

Engaging and colorful, Iceberg Slim, the man, gets captured beautifully in this well-researched and entertaining documentary. A life (and a world) unknown to many, yet his impact is still felt today. Great interviews with Chris Rock, Quincy Jones and co-producer, Ice-T, are interspersed with family and friends, co-conspirators and bystanders. Plus, we get a taste of Slim's books amidst a backdrop of key historical events. On the surface, this may be seen simply as an African-American survival story, but I couldn't help feeling this went way beyond race. Rising from poverty, abuse, bad luck and heartbreak, Robert Beck (aka 'Iceberg Slim'), continually bounces back with a gleam in his eye. Beck's luck continues in the after-life: his books are more popular than ever, and he is blessed with filmmakers who have the passion and vision to reveal his unique genius.

B. Wilder
B. Wilder

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