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Hustle & Flow (2005)

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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) »


Everybody gotta have a dream. 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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The film was financed by John Singleton. See more »


When Djay and Nola are in the car in the opening scene, the view of the john from their back window shows the window rolled down a good 10-12 inches. A moment later When Nola exits the car to get into the John's car..the same window is opened no more than one inch. See more »


DJay: Who's this niggah?
Key: That's Shelby, he plays piano in my church. I thought he could help us develop your sound.
DJay: You know he's white, right?
Key: Naw, he just light-skinned.
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Pop It for Some Paper
by Paul Beauregard (as DJ Paul), Jordan Houston (as Juicy J) and Frayser Boy
Produced by Paul Beauregard (as DJ Paul) and Jordan Houston (as Juicy J)
Performed by Terrence Howard ("Djay")
Courtesy of Pike and Pine Music
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Terrence Howard is phenomenal!
20 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Incredibly moving, yet definitely not for everyone, Hustle & Flow tells the story of D-Jay, an incredibly conflicted Memphis pimp down on his luck. In one of the most raw and intense performances of recent memory, newcomer Terrence Howard embodies D-Jay with an animal-like ferocity that will help you overcome what few formulaic clichés embody the script. In his mid forties, D-Jay seems too old and far too nice for his profession, and his "hos" seem to take notice. You see, D-Jay represents a lifetime of failed dreams, ambitions, and wrong turns. It seems as if it could all be over, but then fate offers him the opportunity to realize his life-long goal of becoming a successful rap star. D-Jay pours his heart and soul into his music, just as Howard pours his into the performance, and the result is somewhat of a urban Rocky, a true underdog tale. This is perhaps the first hip-hop film to actually get it right, and everything that 8-Mile should have been. Don't let the subject matter keep you from enjoying Howard's brutal tour-de-force.

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