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The Hustle -- Falling upon a large sum of mob money, Freddie Manning and his cynical, naysaying best friend, Junior, lose in a crazy chase through the city. Freddie and Junior are left owing Asian crime boss Toshiba Ohara and his spicy daughter, Han, $10,000  in seven days!  The Hustle will warm your soul and have you rolling on the floor, mobbed by laughter.
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Deon Taylor (writer)
Candice Janeen Walker (written by)
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6 July 2011 (USA) See more »
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Disenchanted pest sprayer and single dad Freddie Manning is always trying to hustle a tiny bit more... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Charlie Murphy ... Junior Walker (as Charles Q. Murphy)

Al Shearer ... Freddy Manning

David Alan Grier ... Rev. Isaac Montgomery Paid

Tamala Jones ... Nikki

Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Dog Thief

Kym Whitley ... Miss Tanya

Bai Ling ... Han

John Witherspoon ... Mr. Wikes

Tony Cox ... Biggman

Brigitte Nielsen ... Rich lady

Michael J. Pagan ... Dee aka Dwayne

David Faustino ... Derrick

Darrin Dewitt Henson ... Brother Efrom

Luenell ... Metermaid

Ellia English ... Mama
Armelia McQueen ... Louise
Zoe Smith ... Zoey
Roxanne Reese ... Dolores

Clent Bowers ... Pastor Hacker

Jeris Poindexter ... Benny

Charlie Holliday ... Sam
Shandra Dixon ... Jalessa
Mildred Dumas ... Thelma

Adam Busch ... Sandwich Man
Katelyn Moorhouse ... Girl Scout #1
Leslie Goodman ... Parishioner
Valeria Taylor ... Delia

David Fine ... Homeless Cart Man
Kayla Sanchez ... Macy

Aki Aleong ... Asian Clerk
Dennis Shanahan ... Reporter

Johann Tate ... Key-Flo (as Johan Tate)

Phil Austin ... Officer Barnum

Freez Luv ... Ali Baba

Koji Kataoka ... Mr. Ohara

Ericka Harden ... Fight Girl #1

Niki McElroy ... Fight Girl #2
Donald Fullilove ... Hose Man
Betty A. Bridges ... Evelyn
Anthony Williams II ... Frank
Kimberly Shay Jones ... Delia's Waitress Stacy
Jonathan J.T. Jackson ... Sonny
Shaun Grady ... Sean
Lisa Tucker ... Keisha
Richard Kwong ... Asian Thug #2

Marcus D. Spencer ... Disgusted Church Member (as Big Spence)
Matt Thompson ... Paramedic
Ray Crockett ... Deacon Jackson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Naeem Alvi ... Extra
Roza Calderon ... Teenage Mom

Michael Chen ... Karate Class Leader
Ronald Ford ... Simon

J.T. Jackson ... Sonny

Matthew Jain ... Paramedic #3 (as Matt Barnick)
Timothy H. James ... Mail delivery man
Michael Rhys Kan ... Asian Thug #1

Gregg Lowe ... Guest (voice)
Rashad Lyons ... Edgar
Christina Marie ... Parishioner

Richard Moorhouse ... Paramedic
John Norris ... Clyde
Mike Smith ... Ninja
Kelly Symone ... Primary Church Member (as Kelly Stringfellow)
Trevon-Toney Walker ... Gary
Maxine Weldon

Sheila Ellis ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Demond Stone ... Evil Jamie Foxx (uncredited)

Directed by
Deon Taylor 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sarah Connolly  written by
Diana Erwin  writer
Deon Taylor  writer
Candice Janeen Walker  written by

Produced by
Roxanne Avent .... executive producer
Shari Cole .... executive producer
Sarah Connolly .... executive producer
Skip Davis .... associate producer
Ron Gell .... co-producer
Nesim Hason .... executive producer
Steak House .... co-producer
Steak House .... line producer
Kyle Dean Jackson .... executive producer
Tony 'Timber' Moore .... co-producer
Dominic Ottersbach .... associate producer
Alan Pao .... post-production producer
Todd Slater .... executive producer
Robert F. Smith .... executive producer (as Robert Smith)
Deon Taylor .... producer
Amberr Washington .... producer
Lisa Diane Washington .... associate producer
Peter Wise .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Phil Lee 
Philip Lee 
 
Film Editing by
Lane Baker 
 
Casting by
Peter Wise 
 
Production Design by
Erika Rice 
 
Set Decoration by
Cindy Mah 
 
Costume Design by
Chasia 
 
Makeup Department
Jessica Bondi .... makeup assistant
Karicean Karen Dick .... key hair stylist
Jay Mateen Sabir .... barber
Melissa Smith .... assistant makeup artist
Rachel Whitehurst .... key makeup artist
Desmond Dez Wooden .... assistant hair artist
 
Production Management
Roxanne Avent .... production manager
Steak House .... post-production supervisor
Dominic Ottersbach .... post-production supervisor
Mathew J. Rodriquez .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Corky Cronin .... first assistant director
Joel Shnowski .... second second assistant director
Stephanie Tull .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Stewart Allen .... set dresser
Stewart D. Allen .... set dresser (as Stewart Allen)
Kris Boxell .... buyer
Carlos Carmona .... set dresser
Samuel Carmona .... set dresser
Aimee C. Carr .... art department coordinator
Bob Henningsen .... set dresser
Patrick Ludden .... property master
Doni McMillan .... lead man
Annie Mueller .... assistant property master
Sandy Schweiger .... art department intern
Sandy Schweiger .... art intern
Peter Van Dyke .... set dresser
Peter A. VanDyke .... on-set dresser
Mark Warren .... set dresser
Mark Warren .... set dresser
Michael Westerman .... buyer
 
Sound Department
Joshua Adeniji .... additional sound effects editor
Matthew Bouler .... boom operator
Jerry Brown .... boom operator
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Brent Findley .... sound effects editor
Corey J. Grasso .... foley mixer
Angela Hemingway .... adr dialogue editor
Richard Kitting .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Krueger .... sound effects editor
Jonathan Pendergrass .... foley editor
Thomas Pinney .... sound mixer
Tom Staunton .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Damian Drago .... digital compositor
Cafe Noir .... digital animator/compositor
 
Stunts
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunt coordinator
Eugene Collier .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Anthony .... electrician
Kirk Bartolata .... lighting technician
Scott R. Boettle .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jeff Boudrot .... electrician
Ian S. Casas .... key grip
Brian Evans .... gaffer
Eric Felland .... lighting technician
Coby Garfield .... first assistant camera
Bryan Gilbert .... grip
James Ginn .... lighting technician
Martin Glover .... video playback
Jonathan Goldfisher .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Shaun Grady .... grip
John Hankammer .... Steadicam operator (as John Hankhammer)
Jennifer Harville .... loader
Malik Haughton .... electric
Tom Heigl .... loader
Christopher Kidder .... grip
Paul Lambaise .... grip
Marcos Lopez .... first assistant camera
George A. Olson Jr. .... first assistant camera (as George Olson)
James Quinn .... electrician
Bernie Smith .... first assistant camera
Keith L. Smith .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Keith Smith)
Kieth Smith .... camera operator: "b" camera
Andre Sobczak .... dolly grip
David Speck .... additional second assistant camera: "b" camera
James Stiritz .... best boy (as Jim Stiritz)
Keith Talley .... dolly grip
Michael J. Walsh .... best boy electrician
Mike Walsh .... best boy electric
 
Casting Department
Everett Blix .... extras casting
Re'Shaun Frear .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ray Davis .... costumer
Solomon Fobb .... costumer
Monica Gartner .... wardrobe supervisor
Teri Gill .... costumer (as Terri Gill)
Elaine Harley .... tailor
Verna Olson .... costumer
Johnese Simmons .... costume department accountant
 
Editorial Department
Damian Drago .... digital intermediate editor
Victor Franco .... key digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Yesenia Higuera .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Michael Mintz .... digital film colorist
Binh C. Than .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Jonathan Thornhill .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Armando 'Complex' Jimenez .... score producer
 
Transportation Department
deMann .... driver: cast
David G. Todd .... production van operator
 
Other crew
Josephine Atienza .... assistant production coordinator
Josephine Atienza .... production assistant
Andre Avent .... production assistant
Charlie Brown .... set production assistant
Zoe Byrne .... production assistant
Tiffany Cascio .... production assistant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Shandra Dixon .... business affairs coordinator
Sheila Ellis .... stand-in
Joseph Ford .... legal services
Judy Garcia .... production assistant
Jon Ibarra .... stage manager
Matthew Jain .... key set medic (as Matt Barnick)
Iwona Kanclerz .... script supervisor
Sarah Kantner .... production assistant
Greg Kupiec .... main title creator
Lesley Leatherwood .... business affairs assistant
Rashad Lyons .... key set production assistant
Tony 'Timber' Moore .... head of business/legal affairs
Moacyr Orozco .... production coordinator
Dominic Ottersbach .... production accountant
Mathew J. Rodriquez .... consultant
Andrea Saenz .... production assistant
Sandy Schweiger .... production assistant
Michael Smith .... production assistant
Mike Smith .... key production assistant
Marcus D. Spencer .... stand-in: Charles Q. Murphy (as Big Spence)
Johann Tate .... production assistant (as Johan Tate)
Francis Wilson .... set utility
Sarah Wissenback .... assistant production coordinator
 

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Additional Details

MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
97 min
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Certification:
USA:R (certificate #46461)
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Crude and disrespectful to religion, but presents a message of faith anyway, 24 January 2014
Author: vchimpanzee

Junior Walker and Freddy are exterminators. Freddy still lives with his mother, who is raising Freddy's daughter and wishes her son would grow up. As a result of a wild chase, Freddy accidentally caused the Chinese mob to lose $10,000, and the mob want their money back in a week--or else! The guys get a painful demonstration of what could happen.

One of the company's clients is the predominantly African-American Bethel Baptist Church, whose pastor is old and fat, and his second-in-command is eager to replace him. The pastor mistakes the exterminators for replacement pastors that he had asked for, and they don't deny that's who they are. The pastor ends up in the hospital in a coma, so Freddy and Junior take over as pastors, to the dismay of Brother Efrom, who has them checked out.

Freddy, who admires the work of greedy and charismatic TV preacher Rev. Isaac Montgomery Paid, sees a perfect way to make money. Easter is a week away, and Freddy sets a goal for the struggling congregation. Only a few people show up the first Sunday, but people like Freddy a lot, and while they don't give at first, Freddy is very persuasive and goes out into the community. Derrick, one of the few white people at this church (and maybe the only one) offers to put some life into the church's lame band.

So will Freddy succeed? Not just in raising the money but in remaking the church.

This movie has its good points. While Freddy's intentions are less than honorable, he does good work in the process. It is true that this movie does not have a lot of respect for Christian values. But most of the characters seem genuine in their faith, in the sense that they are holier than thou and their own sins aren't as but as other people's. That's about as genuine as you will usually find in Hollywood.

David Alan Grier is the standout performer, and I do mean performer. The TV preacher only appears on TV screens.

John Witherspoon, who is great as the President's Dad in "The First Family", plays a barber. I liked seeing him here.

I have to wonder why, a week before Easter, no mention was made of Palm Sunday, or Maundy Thursday, or Good Friday.

I saw a cleaned-up version but it is obvious this film is vile and filthy.

Is it a movie with a faith message? Yes, in a sense it is.

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