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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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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) »

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

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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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22 July 2005 (USA)  »

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Ritmo de un sueño  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$22,201,636 (USA) (18 November 2005)
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Performances by Terrence Howard as 'DJay' and Taraji P. Henson as 'Shug' in the 2005 movie "Hustle & Flow" are almost a perfect prelude to their 2015 hit series "Empire" and their characters 'Lucious Lyon' and 'Cookie Lyon' and the background story of their early years before Cookie's 17 year prison term where she takes the blame for Lucious. See more »

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In the room when DJay first plays his keyboard, the dirt pattern on the door behind him changes drastically when the scene changes. See more »

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DJay: You in charge. Say it.
Nola: I'm in charge.
DJay: Say it like you mean it.
Nola: [after a pause] I'm in charge.
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Referenced in The Making of 'Illegal Tender' (2008) See more »

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Bad Bitch Remix
by Webster Gradney & Richard Jones
Performed by Webbie featuring Trina
Trina performs courtesy of Slin N Slide/Atlantic Recording Corporation
Courtesy of Trill Entertainment/Asylum Records
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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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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