Pimp (film)

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Pimp
Pimp film.jpg
Directed by Robert Cavanah
Produced by
Written by
  • Jon Kirby
  • Robert Cavanah
Starring
Music by Tom Hodge
Cinematography Steve Annis
Editing by Rob Redford
Studio
  • Coppola Productions
  • Jubilee Pictures
  • The Mews Post Production
  • Premiere Picture
  • Triple S Films
Distributed by
  • Stealth Media Group
  • Revolver Entertainment
Release dates
  • 21 May 2010 (2010-05-21)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £205[1]

Pimp is a British thriller film in the mockumentary vein of Man Bites Dog, it was released in cinemas on 21 May 2010. It is written, produced and directed by Robert Cavanah who also plays the lead role. It also starred Billy Boyd, Martin Compston, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Barbara Nedeljakova, Robert Fucilla and Danny Dyer.

Cast[edit]

Plot[edit]

A week in the life of a Soho pimp - Woody - (Robert Cavanah) as seen through the lens of a documentary camera team: A week which spirals brutally out of control when the Chinese up the muscle[clarification needed] on Woody's boss's [Danny Dyer] territory, a girl goes missing, and a snuff webcast appears, showing a former employee being murdered, with another potential webcast seemingly impending.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Pimp has been universally panned by critics. It holds a rare 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 13 reviews, with an average score of 2.2 out of 10.[3] Mark Kermode gave the film a scathing review, noting that "staggeringly, Danny Dyer is miscast" as a mob boss and said that his performance would be "funny if it wasn't so pathetic and tragic."[4] Cath Clarke in The Guardian described Pimp as "snoringly predictable...With nil insight – into the sex industry or anything else – you might conclude Pimp is a film for men who get their kicks watching Dyer strut around leering at topless women who – in the parlance of the film – look like "the basic pleasure model". [5] Ellen E. Jones in Total Film stated : "You wouldn't think a film could actually be both very boring and very offensive. Pimp is that paradox made flesh." [6]

British film historian I.Q. Hunter, discussing the question "What is the worst British film ever made?", listed Pimp as one of the candidates for that title.[7]

Box office[edit]

The film only grossed £205[1] and was pulled from cinemas after only one screening on its opening day.

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 24 May 2010,[8][9] just four days after it was released in cinemas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://industry.bfi.org.uk/article/16802/UK-Box-Office-21---23-May-2010
  2. ^ Giwa, Kemi (4 May 2010). "Actor: Wil Johnson interview". www.flavourmag.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pimp_2010/
  4. ^ Video on YouTube
  5. ^ Film Review:Pimp Cath Clarke, The Guardian, , Thursday 20 May 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Pimp" Total Film, May 14th 2010. Retrieved January 28th 2014.
  7. ^ I. Q Hunter, "From Window Cleaner to Potato Man" in British Comedy Cinema, edited by I.Q. Hunter and Laraine Porter. Routledge, 2012. ISBN 0415666678. (p.154)
  8. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pimp-DVD-Danny-Dyer/dp/B00373VA2O/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1376009284&sr=1-1&keywords=Pimp
  9. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pimp-Blu-Ray-Danny-Dyer/dp/B00373VA38/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1376009284&sr=1-2&keywords=Pimp

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