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Hustle & Flow (2005)

R | | Crime, Drama, Music | 22 July 2005 (USA)
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With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.

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Craig Brewer

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Craig Brewer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terrence Howard ... Djay
Anthony Anderson ... Key
Taryn Manning ... Nola
Taraji P. Henson ... Shug
DJ Qualls ... Shelby (as D.J. Qualls)
Ludacris ... Skinny Black
Paula Jai Parker ... Lexus
Elise Neal ... Yevette
Isaac Hayes ... Arnel
Juicy J ... Tigga
William Engram William Engram ... Slobs (as William 'Poon' Engram)
Bobby Sandimanie Bobby Sandimanie ... Yellow Jacket (as Bobby 'I-20' Sandimanie)
Haystak Haystak ... Mickey
Claude Phillips ... Harold
Josey Scott ... Elroy
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Storyline

Aspiring emcee DJay works the angles to get his first record made with help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. And when he hears that hip-hop superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, he throws together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention. Written by IMDb Editors

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Taglines:

The music will inspire them. The dream will unite them. This summer get crunk. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sex and drug content, pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ritmo de un sueño See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,017,808, 24 July 2005

Gross USA:

$22,202,809

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,563,727
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson's performances are almost a prelude to Empire (2015), particularly their television characters' background stories. See more »

Goofs

When Shelby lays down the piano loop for "Whoop that Trick", he plays it in the middle of the keyboard. In the next shot, his hand has moved to the bottom of the keyboard, while the notes stay the same. See more »

Quotes

Shug: I get like this because I'm pregnant and everything... but, you know, letting me sing on the... on the demo and everything like you do... well, it just... it made me feel real. Real special. And... I mean, I know y'all gonna be moving on and moving up... and y'all gonna get real good people to sing, you know, back up for you and everything... but I just... D, I need you to know it meant the world to me.
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Tell Me Why
by Anthony Dent, Jayson Boyd, Premro Smith & Marlon Goodwin
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Pleasantly Surprised
26 June 2005 | by George2003See all my reviews

I recently had the pleasure of viewing a local Hustle & Flow screening. I referred to this site beforehand to look at the technical details of the movie and to gain a general understanding of the buzz from the message boards. All I seem to recall reading were negative comments about the movie saying that it was such a cliché. Well, maybe I haven't seen as many movies in the hip hop coming of age genre, but the only movie I recall being remotely close to this one was 8 Mile (which I liked btw). Anyways, I saw the movie and I really don't think it was that cliché. The dialog is definitely original, the characters are original, the location is original, and there is a lot of depth within the character of DJay, the pimp trying to become a rapper. I thought the acting in the movie was excellent and I am glad that there is a wide release movie out this summer that isn't a sequel and didn't cost $200 million to make. This movie is bound to do very well, it only cost $3 million to make and it is a pretty good movie. The only problems I had with this movie were with some of the logic and character motivation. I don't think the movie explained very well WHY DJay (the pimp) wanted to become a rapper all of a sudden. They make the entire music making process seem like a piece of cake, but hey it is a movie and there are ultimately time constraints. I thought DJ Qualls was gonna be just a really lame piece of comic relief, but he actually adds depth to the film. I found Hustle & Flow to be very enjoyable and much more memorable than Batman Begins (which I saw last night!). This movie is definitely worth seeing this summer.


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