The Players Club

April 8th, 1998


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A woman must contend with rival strippers and her boss in an attempt to make a legitimate living.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 4.9/10 (2,435 voted)

Director: Ice Cube

Stars: LisaRaye, Dick Anthony Williams, Judyann Elder

Diana, a young mom working at a shoe store meets two strippers, Tricks and Ronnie. They tell her that she should work at The Playa's Club for big money. The woman accepts and soon introduces her cousin into the club. Then she finds out that her cousin is doing housecalls which Tricks bribed her to do. One day Diana returns to her house after almost being raped by an obsessed fan and finds her cousin sleeping with her ex-boyfriend. She kicks her cousin out and starts dating Blue, a DJ at the club. They go out one night and Diana's cousin calls asking her to pick her up from a bachelor party. Diana refuses and soon after her cousin is raped. Now she has only one option, to put Tricks in her place.

LisaRaye - Diamond (as Lisa Raye)
Dick Anthony Williams - Mr. Armstrong
Judyann Elder - Mrs. Armstrong (as Judy Ann Elder)
Chrystale Wilson - Ronnie
Adele Givens - Tricks
Bernie Mac - Dollar Bill
Anthony Johnson - L'il Man (as A.J. Johnson)
Jimmy Woodard - Miron
Montae Russell - Lance (as Monte Russell)
Oren Williams - Jamal @ 4 Years
Monica Calhoun - Ebony
Jossie Thacker - Stripper #1 (as Jossie Harris)
Lalanya Masters - Stripper #2
Ursula Y. Houston - Dancer #2
Annie O'Donnell - Lady

Taglines: Here, we get down and dirty.

Release Date: 8 April 1998

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,500,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,421,172 (USA) (12 April 1998) (593 Screens)

Gross: $23,031,390 (USA) (9 August 1998)

Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

At one point, there was a scene when Lil Man asked Officer Freeman played by John Amos, "Did you know you look just like the father from Good Times?" Amos did, in fact, play the father in the 1970s sitcom Good Times.

Continuity: Dollar Bill's position in the trunk is different between shots.

[while beating up Ronnie]
Diamond: It's bitches like you who make it harder for women like me.

User Review

respectable directorial debut for Cube


Unremarkable but ambitious story from writer-director Ice Cube. A young woman recalls her emotionally wrenching experiences while working at a raunchy black strip club. More specifically, she remembers the burden of dealing with sleazy customers, reprehensible rivals, and wild parties on the side, all the while doing her best to maintain her dignity while working to better her life. Intriguing story is accompanied by a talented cast, powerful moments, and some fine performances, but too often resorts to familiar plot twists and lame stereotypes. Not a bad piece of work for first time director Cube, but would have benefited from more creativity. **