Iceberg Slim Portrait of a Pimp

Iceberg Slim Portrait of a Pimp

By Jorge Hinojosa

  • Genre: Jorge Hinojosa
  • Release Date: 2013-07-12
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 28min
  • Director: Jorge Hinojosa
  • iTunes Price: USD 7.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 8 Ratings


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.




  • A must see documentary

    By Ricotorro
    Best documentary I've seen in a long time. Important for urban culture, a true pioneer and this movie captured the true, raw essence of the inner demons that drove Iceberg Slim to battle his good and evil intensions. A must see!
  • Amazing film!!!

    By Evolution2007
    I've been waiting for someone to tell Iceberg Slim's story since I was a teenager and read "Pimp." But this could only be done as a labor of love. Jorge Hinojosa's masterful work is a fascinating look into the author's life, his family and the world he lived in. One of the best documentaries I've seen in ages. I've watched it three times already in theaters and now here on iTunes. Great graphics too thy really help tell to story when footage wasn't available to illustrate certain scenarios. I can't wait to see what the director does next. I take my hat off to the filmmaker.
  • Awesome!

    By eman714
    In full disclosure I worked on this movie. I helped get clearances etc. BUT I worked on this movie because I loved it. Hands down one of the best documentaries EVER! A fascinating story incredibly well executed by the Director, Jorge Hinojosa. Great interviews incredibly well crafted into a poignant and fun film. Well done.
  • Iceberg Slim Portrait of a Pimp

    By Noron Blythers
    I just finished watching Iceberg Slim documentary portrait of a Pimp; by far ,the best documentary I have every seen. Thanks.
  • Not what you would think

    By Ava'sDaddy
    This doc is not about sex slavery but about a man that transforms himself and his incredible life.
  • Smart and Entertaining

    By SheaSheaSheaShea
    I watched this after seeing several tweets about it this past weekend. I'm glad that I did. It's a smart, insightful, well-constructed, tightly wound documentary that manages to humanize who many would otherwise consider an unsavory character. Worth the $12.99 here.
  • Striking exploration of a major source of pop culture violence against women

    By cmk∞
    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.
  • Tells the hidden story of an American icon

    By Professor of pimp lit
    Iceberg Slim is probably one the most influential underground American writers that most people have never heard of. Inspiring everyone from gangster rap pioneers Ice Cube and Ice-T to comedians Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, Iceberg Slim has also sold copies of his paperback originals in the millions. Up until now, his legendary autobiographical novels about his life in the pimp game have remained off the radar of many people, as they were mostly sold at newspaper stands and liquor stores around the country. Hinojosa's new documentary creates a definitive and captivating look at the forces that shaped America's most notorious pimp, as well as the his larger influence on American culture. Although filled with the usual cast of celebrities, talking heads, and publishers, Hinojosa's documentary is at its best when it reveals the personal stories of Iceberg's wife and daughters. They provide a powerful and unique perspective on Iceberg's Slim's life and works, and their testimony is what makes this more than just your average documentary biopic. Hinojosa also blends the artwork of black pulp book covers and music from the likes of DJ Shadow and James Brown to create a stylish and lyrical film watching experience.
  • Terrific!

    By Hurray for Hinohosa
    Wonderful documentary!
  • Watched it three times last night!!!

    By StaceyBoyd
    One could easily create a feature film on EACH member of Iceberg Slim's family! I went in to this experience thinking that I would be offended and turn it off after fifteen minutes, but instead it was so captivating and beautifully done that I ended up watching it three times in a row! (I bought my first Iceberg Slim book entitled, "Pimp" online halfway through the first viewing.) This movie does the opposite of serving as a glorification of pimping. Actually. there are too many fascinating layers in this movie to adequately describe it in a review.