The Monkey Hu$tle (1976)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  December 1976 (USA)
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A new highway threatens a Chicago neighborhood, so to protest the residents throw a block party.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daddy Foxx
Kirk Calloway ...
Baby 'D
Tiny (as Donn Harper)
Lynn Caridine ...
Patricia McCaskill ...
Lynn Harris ...
Sweet Potatoe
Rudy Ray Moore ...
Rosalind Cash ...
Fuddle Bagley ...
Mr. Molet
Frank Rice ...
The Black Knight
Carl W. Crudup ...
Joe (as Carl Crudup)
Duchyll Martin Smith ...
Beatrice (as Duchyll Smith)


A new highway threatens a Chicago neighborhood, so to protest the residents throw a block party.

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It ain't legal an it sure ain't safe...but it do seem worthwhile! See more »


Comedy | Drama






Release Date:

December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Monkey Hustle  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the beginning of the film, when Foxx steals the quart of milk, the carton is closed. While running across the street, the carton of milk is suddenly open when Foxx has not had sufficient time to open it. See more »


Referenced in Arthur's Kids: A Conversation with Arthur Marks (2010) See more »

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Not particularly memorable or likable
21 July 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film has an untraditional style and format. The closest I could compare it to is CAR WASH, as both are not about a particular person but about a group of people living in a ghetto neighborhood. However, unlike CAR WASH, this isn't a comedy though there are a few mildly funny moments. Plus, while CAR WASH is not for everyone's taste, I liked the film and found many of the characters likable.

This non-traditional narrative might bother many, as the film does seem rather disjoint. Plus, given that most of the people aren't all that likable (and several are very unlikable), the film isn't one I'd recommend you watch. It's really a shame because this style COULD have worked very well....with likable and more interesting people. The folks in this film are mostly hustlers--out of work young adults who will lie, cheat and steal to make a few bucks. Their idol is Yaphet Kotto--in an odd role as a master film-flam man.

The bottom line is that this just isn't a very good film--with an inferior script, lousy characters and a lackluster musical score. There are many, many Black-American films from the 70s that are so much better and more interesting than this dull mess.

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