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Hustle & Flow (2005)

R | | Crime, Drama, Music | 22 July 2005 (USA)
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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Shelby (as D.J. Qualls)
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Tigga
William Engram ...
Slobs (as William 'Poon' Engram)
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Yellow Jacket (as Bobby 'I-20' Sandimanie)
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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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Everybody gotta have a dream. 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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,017,808, 24 July 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,201,636, 20 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

When Shelby is laying down the piano loop for "Whoop that Trick", he is shown first playing it in the middle of the keyboard, but in the next shot, the position of his hand has changed to the bottom of the keyboard, while the notes stay the same. See more »

Quotes

DJay: Skinny, man. Tell me this shit just fell out your pocket, right?
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Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Illegal Tender' (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp
by Paul Beauregard (as DJ Paul), Juicy J (as Juicy J) and Frayser Boy
Performed by Terrence Howard ("Djay") feat. Taraji P. Henson ("Shug")
Produced by Paul Beauregard (as DJ Paul) & Juicy J (as Juicy J)
Courtesy of Pike and Pine Music
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The subject matter and lyrics are a little rough, but the movie is a good one to see

(Synopsis) DJay (Terrence Howard) is a streetwise hustler and Memphis pimp with a stable of 3 girls, Shug (Taraji Henson) who is pregnant and not working, Lexus (Paula Jai Parker) who works in a strip club, and Nola (Taryn Manning) who works out of DJay's old beat-up car in a back alley. Even with two girls working and DJay selling dirt-weed on the side, it is hard for them to make ends meet. The utility company is about to shut off their utilities, if they don't pay the bill. DJay feels that he has hit rock bottom, and he needs a change in his life. A bum trades him a Casio keyboard for some weed, and DJay takes it home. While playing the keys, DJay gets an inspiration to write rap music. He begins to write down his pimping style raps, his flow, in a little notebook while Nola is turning tricks. DJay runs into Key (Anthony Anderson), an old friend and sound engineer, who takes him to a church choir performance that reaches DJay's soul. DJay looks inside his soul and decides to get out of the business, and now he has a dream of becoming a rapper. DJay teams up with Key to make a demo song. Skinny Black (Ludacris) is a platinum selling rapper about to return to Memphis for the 4th of July. DJay believes he can hustle Skinny to hear his tape, and his dream will come true.

(Comment) The movie was filmed all around Memphis during 2004. Memphian Craig Brewer wrote and directed 'Hustle and Flow,' and I went to the red carpet movie premiere in Memphis on 6 July. Craig Brewer told the audience about his father's watch that was used in the movie, and he was wearing it for good luck that night. He was also wearing a 3-carat diamond ring that belonged to Sam Phillips. As for the movie, Terrence Howard's role as DJay is a remarkable one in that he becomes immersed in the character of DJay. Howard comes off as a real pimp with all the anger, conflicts, and frustrations, which he encounters in life. There is no such thing as a good pimp, but the character of DJay realizes that his women have dreams too, and that he wants to change everything around him and them for the better. The subject matter and the lyrics to the rap music are a little rough, but the movie is a good one to see. (Paramount Classics, Run time 1:54, Rated R) (8/10)


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