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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

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Shelby (as D.J. Qualls)
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Tigga (as Juicy J)
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Slobs (as William 'Poon' Engram)
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Yellow Jacket (as Bobby 'I-20' Sandimanie)
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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Distribution rights were sold to Paramount Pictures/MTV Films at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival for a festival record $9 million. See more »

Goofs

Clyde is in the shop buying batteries for his microphones. The microphones we see later are Shure studio microphones that do not use batteries. Batteries are very rarely used in studio microphones. However, it is possible that he was purchasing batteries for microphones used in his other endeavors such as wireless microphones or even the deposition microphones we see later in the film. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

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Soundtracks

Let's Get a Room
by William Ivery & Jonathan Powell
Performed by Nasty Nardo
Produced by Jay-Pee
Courtesy of Ghetto Star Entertainment/LongBoy Entertainment
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most fun I've ever had in a theatre
23 July 2005 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

I just saw this flick to a packet house in NYC and the entire audience, myself included was with every frame of this film. Every single beat hits exactly where it is supposed to. Every review I read talks about the music and the acting, but how about how genuinely funny this film is a way that few are?

They took the material seriously rather than letting it devolve into schmaltz or comedy. The direction is straight on, no BS, no showy shots. They take their time with each scene.

Good story, perfect characters well realized. Witty, crackling dialogue. You can't make this stuff up. And comparing this to 8 mile is like comparing dogshit to gold.

A deeply flawed protagonist who is able to reach into himself and transform himself through the power of art, larger themes involve the disillusion with fame, consumer culture.

This is everything a film is supposed to be. If it makes you feel good to knock this film, then you are a snob. If you think can make a better movie than this, then go ahead!

People who love movies love this film. This is what film is about.


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