10 user

Pimps Up, Ho's Down (1998)

A realistic look into the lives of real pimps such as Ice-T, Don "Magic" Juan and others. Alongside real hookers, thugs and their clients on the mean streets of various cities within America.


Brent Owens


Learn more

More Like This 

American Pimp (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Street pimps, all of them African-American, discuss their lives and work: getting started, being flamboyant, pimping in various U.S. cities, bringing a woman into their group, taking a ... See full summary »

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: John S. Dickson, Antonio Fargas, Heidi Fleiss
Hookers at the Point (Video 2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In this documentary, director and producer Brent Owens takes us to the streets of Hunts Point in South Bronx, for a candid documentary about the local sex workers. We learn about the past, ... See full summary »

Director: Brent Owens
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

[HBO] HD. Hidden cameras capture prostitutes working the streets of the neon-soaked gambling mecca of Atlantic City.

Director: Brent Owens
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Hinojosa
Stars: Betty Beck, Camille Beck, Diane Beck
Dope Sick Love (TV Movie 2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When you're a junkie, the money comes and goes--and so does the high. Do relationships stand a chance among addicts? Meet Matt & Tracy and Sebastian & Michelle--two New York City couples ... See full summary »

Directors: Felice Conte, Brent Renaud, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Matt, Michelle, Sebastian
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two con men hide out in a house while the owner is away; one of them assumes the identity of the absent house sitter when the owner's relatives come to visit, only for further complications to set in.

Director: Donald Petrie
Stars: Dana Carvey, Robert Loggia, Todd Graff
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Filmmakers Holly Dale and Janis Cole explore the culture of Davie Street, located in the underbelly of Vancouver, where dozens of prostitutes work and live every day. Surprisingly, they ... See full summary »

Directors: Janis Cole, Holly Dale
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

6 Los Angeles celebrities are stuck in James Franco's house after a series of devastating events just destroyed the city. Inside, the group not only have to face the apocalypse, but themselves.

Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young woman suffering from Parkinson's befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer in 1990s Pittsburgh.

Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Judy Greer


Credited cast:
Bishop Don Magic Juan ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ice-T ... Himself
Big Lex Lex Big Lex Lex ... Herself


A realistic look into the lives of real pimps such as Ice-T, Don "Magic" Juan and others. Alongside real hookers, thugs and their clients on the mean streets of various cities within America.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The definitive Pimpumentary. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and pervasive language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

18 October 1998 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Dumni alfonsi i ich pokorne prostytutki See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?

Alternate Versions

The director's cut has 30 minutes of never before seen footage. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Homeboys are Now Giving Instructions
4 July 2010 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

Pimps Up, Ho's Down is quite a movie. It's about the secret life of pimps and what they do in their spare time, how they pick up women, and the hardships they go through. Basically a training video that could have been called "How to Become a Pimp", or "Pimping for Dummies".

It's generally a worthless film if your not a pimp, not looking to become one, or just don't want anything to do with them. But if you're like me, and look for the strangest Documentaries you might like this.

The film follows a group of African-Americans who are pimps. Ice-T, The Bishop Don Magic Juan, Mike Epps, and various other rappers make appearances as the film progresses. Director Brent Owens says research for this film took well over a decade to find and release to the public. Some of this footage is so dark, it's hard to see (and understand) what is going on.

We also get a perspective of women (often called hoes in this matter) either talking with the pimps, in an argument with them, or pole dancing and stripping at a night club for them. The women are treated very cruel in this film, being yelled at, and thrown around like a rag doll as well. I was taught to respect women so being a pimp shouldn't be my occupation.

The film is Rated R for Strong Sexual Content and Pervasive Language which is the mild term. I would have rated it NC-17 for Nonstop Language, Strong Sexual Content, Stripping and Disturbing Scenes Involving Women. Thats how bad it was.

The constant use of "The N Word" should be warned in the rating description is well. If "The N Word" is used more than twenty times in ten minutes, it should receive an NC-17 rating.

I find also kinda funny that the people interviewed encourage young people out there "To stay in school, get an education, and become a doctor or a lawyer. Not a pimp." Which I have to admit is pretty funny coming from a pimp. If you don't want to be one, drop out, and get a real career. No one twisted your arm to be a pimp, you're there because of your mistakes. You want to blame your family, or the town you grew up in for your mistakes. Think twice you should blame yourself.

Why I gave it two and a half stars is because this could have been volume four to the Hood Life series. If you don't know what that is, it's a series following gang fights, car chases, and drive by's all happening late at night in the ghetto. It's informative and shocking in parts as well. But this is how some people behave and chose to live their lifestyles.

Starring: The Bishop Don Magic Juan, Ice-T, and Mike Epps. Directed by: Brent Owens.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed