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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelby (as D.J. Qualls)
Tigga (as Juicy J)
William Engram ...
Slobs (as William 'Poon' Engram)
Bobby Sandimanie ...
Yellow Jacket (as Bobby 'I-20' Sandimanie)
Haystak ...


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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hip hop | baby | friend | stripper | pimp | See All (151) »


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


Crime | Drama | Music

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

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Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ritmo de un sueño  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,017,808 (USA) (22 July 2005)


$22,201,636 (USA) (18 November 2005)

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Craig Brewer added several touches from his personal life in the script: his wife worked in a strip club, then got pregnant, he would have to turn off the air conditioning to edit or the fuse would blow out and he actually saw a black pimp with a white braids-wearing hooker in a car trying to hustle up some business near a local hotel. See more »


After DJay buys the keyboard from the bum at the beginning, he is holding a paper bag in his right hand and the keyboard in his left. However, when he goes to play the keyboard, the bag is gone. See more »


Shelby: If you had to say something different other than "beat that bitch," what would it be?
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Pleasantly Surprised
26 June 2005 | by (United States) – See 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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