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Hustle & Flow -- 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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Hustle & Flow -- 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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Writer (WGA):
Craig Brewer (written by)
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22 July 2005 (USA) See more »
Everybody gotta have a dream. See more »
With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Terrence Howard ... Djay

Anthony Anderson ... Key

Taryn Manning ... Nola

Taraji P. Henson ... Shug

DJ Qualls ... Shelby (as D.J. Qualls)

Ludacris ... Skinny Black

Paula Jai Parker ... Lexus

Elise Neal ... Yevette

Isaac Hayes ... Arnel

Jordan Houston ... Tigga (as Juicy J)
William Engram ... Slobs (as William 'Poon' Engram)
Bobby Sandimanie ... Yellow Jacket (as Bobby 'I-20' Sandimanie)
Haystak ... Mickey

Claude Phillips ... Harold

Josey Scott ... Elroy
John Still ... Shop Owner
Jay Munn ... Prison Guard
Michael Hooks ... Block Manager (as Michael Hooks Jr.)
Jerome Toles ... Police Officer
Paul Beauregard ... R.L. (as DJ Paul)

Al Kapone ... Kateezy

Jennifer Bynum Green ... Choir Lead Singer
Kelvin Birrus ... Choir Singer #1
Tiran D. Boyland ... Choir Singer #2
H. Renee Cogar ... Choir Singer #3
Brandon Seiferth ... Choir Singer #4
Deborah Manning Thomas ... Choir Singer #5
Terrence Brown ... Piano Player
T.C. Sharpe ... Arnel's Drunk
Lindsey Roberts ... Harper
Free Sol ... Bathroom Kid
Clarence Mabon ... Police Officer #2
Mark Goodfellow ... Pawn Shop Owner
Latasha Texas ... Stripper #1
Tracy Davis ... Stripper #2
Erica Miller ... God Bless America Girl

Helen Bowman ... Defendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeff Pope ... Trick #1
Josh Driver ... Bar Tender (uncredited)
Shariee Jones ... Skate Extra (uncredited)
Dennis Phillippi ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Craig Brewer 
Writing credits
Craig Brewer (written by)

Produced by
Stephanie Allain .... producer
Preston L. Holmes .... associate producer (as Preston Holmes)
John Singleton .... producer
Dwight Williams .... executive producer
Original Music by
Scott Bomar 
Cinematography by
Amy Vincent 
Film Editing by
Billy Fox 
Casting by
Chris Gray 
Kimberly Hardin  (as Kimberly R. Hardin)
Production Design by
Keith Brian Burns 
Art Direction by
Alexa Marino 
Set Decoration by
Joni Wheeler 
Costume Design by
Paul A. Simmons Jr.  (as Paul Simmons)
Makeup Department
Bert Reo Anderson .... assistant hair stylist
Camille Chambers .... makeup artist
Ted Long .... key hair stylist (as Theodore Long)
Kellie Robinson .... key makeup artist
Linda Thompson .... assistant hair stylist
Denise Tunnell .... key makeup artist (as Denise Tunnel)
Production Management
Terra Abroms .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Hayden .... second assistant director
Van Hayden .... first assistant director
Zac Jackson .... second second assistant director
Wayne Witherspoon .... second assistant director
Art Department
Darian Corley .... property master
Will E. Drummond .... set dresser
Frank Gray III .... assistant property master
James Harper .... leadman
Spencer Pharr .... set dresser
Dalton Cole Young .... on set dresser
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... supervising adr editor
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Nancy Barker .... first assistant sound editor
Andy Black .... sound mixer
Nathan Black .... boom operator
Michael Camello .... sound effects editor (as Michael Z. Camello)
Michael C. Casper .... sound re-recording mixer (as Michael Casper)
Ezra Dweck .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Stephanie Flack .... dialogue editor
Paul Hackner .... dialogue editor
Greg Hedgepath .... supervising sound editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Brian W. Jennings .... sound designer
Brian W. Jennings .... sound effects editor
Susan Kurtz .... dialogue editor
Daniel J. Leahy .... sound re-recording mixer (as Daniel Leahy)
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
James Azizi Penny .... sound effects editor
Jason Piatt .... foley mixer
Jacob Riehle .... assistant sound editor (as Jacob Franklin Riehle)
Will Riley .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Brad Sherman .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Frank Smathers .... supervising sound editor
Fred Stafford .... adr editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... foley editor (as Donald L. Warner)
Lars Bjerre .... dialogue denoising (uncredited)
Zahari Schtonov .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jim Eikner .... special effects assistant (as Jim Eichner)
Stephen Hall .... special effects assistant
Ben Ishmael .... special effects assistant
Jesse Moorefield .... special effects assistant
Jason Thomas .... special effects foreman
Steve Wolf .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
David Booth .... scanning & recording
John Daro .... digital intermediate editor
Rick Lopez .... digital film technician: Fotokem Film & Video
David Rosenthal .... digital film I/O supervisor: Fotokem Film & Video
David Paul Lord .... stunts
Max Maxwell .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Arnaud .... best boy grip
Peter Budd .... grip
Rob Chidester .... grip
Alisa M. Colley .... second assistant camera
David A. Cook .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Dan Cornwall .... gaffer
Rusty Edmonson .... lighting technician
Tracy Facelli .... film loader
Dale Fowler .... best boy electric
Donny Fowler .... electrician
Chris Friebus .... second assistant camera
Richard C. Kerekes .... dolly grip (as Rick Kerekes)
Tommy Maddox-Upshaw .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Tommy Upshaw)
James McMillan .... key grip
Joshua Miller .... grip
Jonathan Stoll .... grip
Steve Sudge .... electrician
Adam Ward .... b-camera assistant
Tom Weston .... camera operator
Matt Zschoche .... best boy electric: Los Angeles
Greg Morse .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michelle Adams .... casting associate
Cameron Deaver .... casting associate
Benjamin Gerry .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Meriwether Nichols .... key costumer
Christy Hebert Crouch .... seamstress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Thanadoul Khunngam .... post-production intern
John Nicolard .... digital intermediate producer
David Rosenblatt .... assistant editor
Bill Schultz .... digital intermediate executive
Walter Volpatto .... digital intermediate artist
Walter Volpatto .... digital intermediate colorist
Charise E. Angone .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Scott Bomar .... music arranger
Marc Franklin .... music arranger
Christiaan Gordon .... music clearances
Marvin R. Morris .... music editor
Charles 'Skip' Pitts .... musician
Shie Rozow .... music editor
Julie Sessing .... music clearance
Paul Stewart .... music supervisor
Mary Unobsky .... music consultant
Transportation Department
Nalla Black .... driver: cast
Robert Brubaker .... driver
Other crew
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Cassandra Butcher .... publicity consultant
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
Betty Chin .... production coordinator
Troy Craig Poon .... acquisitions executive
Tyra Dixon .... assistant to Ms. Allain
Tyrone D. Dixon .... assistant: Ms. Allain
Bennett Fidlow .... production legal
Aquil Fudge .... accountant
Ellen Gannon .... production supervisor
Donna T. Giles .... location manager
Hailey Giles .... assistant location manager
Erin Hagee .... assistant: Mr. Brewer
Sueann Han .... production secretary
Steven Hines .... production assistant
Michelle L. Johnson .... assistant to producers
Sims Lawson .... production assistant
DeAara L. Lewis .... intern
Christopher A. Malone .... set production assistant
Joseph Matukewicz .... studio executive
Khanya Mkhize .... adr loop group
Ilene Pickus .... script supervisor
Erik Proveaux .... caterer
Michael Rapaport .... business manager
Maya Robinson .... intern
Shaun S. Sanghani .... set production assistant
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Mark Van Horne .... laboratory liaison
Dalton Cole Young .... location assistant
Ivana Chubbuck .... acting coach: Terence Howard (uncredited)
Corey Wilburn .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jennifer Kuwabara .... special thanks
Nathan Lux .... thanks
Sam Phillips .... dedicatee

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Rated R for sex and drug content, pervasive language and some violence
116 min
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Did You Know?

There are numerous references to Memphis-based musicians in the film: The character of Shelby was named after Shelby Bryant, a singer-songwriter from Memphis. In one scene, Shelby is wearing a T-shirt with the logo of Sam Phillips's Memphis Recording Service studio. In another scene, Shelby wears a T-shirt of Lucero, a local country-rock band. Many of the studio musicians who played for Stax Records, the legendary Memphis-based record label, play on the original score. Isaac Hayes, who plays Arnel, recorded for Stax Records. The cover of the 1974 Stax album "Victim of the Joke?" by Memphian David Porter is stapled to DJay's work table. Otis Redding, who also recorded for Stax Records, is mentioned in one scene. Al Green's song "Jesus is Waiting" is heard during one scene. Memphis native Josey Scott of the band Saliva, appears as a store owner. Members of the popular rap group Three 6 Mafia appear in the film. Paul Beauregard plays DJay's neighbor and Jordan Houston plays Skinny Black's brother. Haystak, Free Sol and Al Kapone are local rappers who appear in the film.See more »
Continuity: When Djay is recording "It's Hard out here for a Pimp," Nola's hands jump to her headphones between shots.See more »
Nola:Everyone tells me my hair is sexy.
Lexus:And then they nut.
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88 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
Saw it at the Los Angeles Film festival as well...., 19 June 2005
Author: blakndn from United States

...and I enjoyed it. What saves the film from being just another badly made 'hood flick, is Terrence Howard. I am so glad Craig cast an actor and not a rapper to play the lead. Terrence brings depth of character, pathos, and sympathy to a low brow pimp with low quality product to hustle.

This movie could've turned out bad with clichéd acting and over the top performances (there were moments where I felt his strip club whore was too much), but what makes you stick with the story, is that you really feel sorry for these people and you want them to succeed. The producer Stephanie Allain was at the L.A. premiere, and said that the character wanting to have a dream of better things was the universal theme that struck her. Craig (the director) also said that the story used bits and pieces of his own life and people he has met in Memphis to craft a story that really does happen to a lot of black people trying to get into the rap game. True, the hook of the story, a pimp wanting to be a rapper, sounds really funny. Lord knows if Mike Epps or Brian Hooks (or God forbid, Snoop) had been cast in the lead, this movie would've turned booty real quick. But once again, Terrence Howard makes this story come alive. I enjoy rap, but don't find crunk and a lot of lyrics enjoyable, but I must admit, in the context of the world it comes from and the hopes that these characters have, I was one of many people (the black ones in particular) who found myself swaying and singing the lyrics to "Whoop that Trick" et al.

As for the person on this board who commented that he too was at the Los Angeles Film Festival and found the white characters "acting black" tiresome, it must be said that in the south, black speech patterns and culture get picked up by whites. Living in close proximity creates that, and I didn't feel that the white characters were playing black. There was one comment in the movie where DJ Qualls arrives and Terrenc Howards character pulls Anthony Anderson aside and and questions the white boy's skills as a beat junkie, but that was the only time his color was brought up. But it was natural, no different than guys from Metallica questioning the skills of a black dude auditioning for a guitar gig. The subtext was simply "Does this dude even listen to crunk music?" Once his skills are proved, there is no question of race anymore.

The film should do well. I will see it again with my mother. Yes my mother. She loves Terrence Howard as much as I do, and I feel the movie should have a wide audience, young and old (with parental supervision). I enjoy watching Terrence Howard work, he makes you feel everything he feels on screen, and if this thing doesn't make him blow up, I don't know what will. He is the movie. See it for yourself and decide for yourself. Cuz it's hard out here for a pimp, ya'all.

Ps. For those feminists who get their panties all twisted because of any images of female exploitation, I must comment that all the women in this film (as broke down and trashy as they are) have dreams too, and Terrence's character realizes that they deserve better and strives to help them by helping himself. There is no such thing as a good pimp (like there is no such thing as a good slave master) but what redeems Terrence is that his pimp transforms his life and all those around him for the better.

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