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THE PLAYERS CLUB

 
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At Theaters: 4/8/1998 On Video: 9/22/1998
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 44 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 049804
Studio: New Line Cinema
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Working at the club at night and studying by day, Diamond quickly becomes wise to the ways of the club's underworld. She learns to keep her distance, particularly from Dollar Bill and his loyal doorman, Li'l Man, who are both living on borrowed time with a loan shark named St. Louis. The only person that Diamond trusts at the club is Blue, a young deejay who wants out as badly as she does.

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Drama - The Players Club is a gritty drama with a few comic moments. Anyone sensitive to violence, nudity, or sexual content should steer clear.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Lisaraye (Feature Film Debut)
Monica Calhoun (Sister Act 2)
Bernie Mac (Get On the Bus)
Jamie Foxx (The Truth About Cats and Dogs)
Ice Cube (Boyz 'n the Hood)
Wri/Dir/Actor: Ice Cube (Directorial Debut)
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Frequent and strong, in the dialogue and music
SEX/NUDITY: Lots of stripping and lustful dancing
VIOLENCE: Gunplay, brutal, bloody beatings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Drinks are consumed often.
ACTION: Some shootings and fights.
COMEDY: Some comic situations and dialogue.
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Above Average
For his directorial debut, rapper Ice Cube (who also wrote and co-stars) throws together elements of Showgirls, Striptease, and '70s Blaxploitation to make a gritty drama that works a lot better than one would initially be led to believe, thanks in large part to a commanding lead turn by newcomer LisaRaye.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 85 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
10
Very High
90%"%
13-19Teens (F)
9
High
89%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
19
High
84%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
23
Very High
96%%
30+Adults (M)
14
High
93%%
30+Adults (F)
10
High
90%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
When she's not raising her young son and trying to make ends meet, Diana Armstrong (Lisa Raye) dreams of becoming a broadcast journalist. Determined to survive and get a college degree, Diana takes a job as a stripper at The Players Club, a notorious strip joint run by a two-bit hustler named Dollar Bill (BERNIE MAC).

Under the stage name Diamond, Diana becomes a playful seductress, teasing and tempting the denizens of the dark for the crumpled dollar bills they toss on-stage. Unlike the other dancers -- Ronnie (Chrystale Wilson) and Tricks (Adele Givens), whose ambitions have slowly withered beneath the harsh strip club lights -- Diamond is determined to get in, get the money and get out.

Working at the club at night and studying by day, Diamond quickly becomes wise to the ways of the club's underworld. She learns to keep her distance, particularly from Dollar Bill and his loyal doorman, Li'l Man (A. J. Johnson), who are both living on borrowed time with a loan shark named St. Louis (Larry McCOY). The only person that Diamond trusts at the club is Blue (Jamie Foxx), a young deejay who wants out as badly as she does.

When Diamond's young and naive cousin Ebony (Monica Calhoun) moves in, she is easy prey for Ronnie and Tricks, who are always looking for new dancers to do their dirty work. The cousins clash when Diamond tries to protect Ebony from the lure of this daunting and dangerous world. But ultimately, no one is safe from this oasis of perversion where flesh is sold, crimes are planned and lives are changed forever.

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