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The Poor & Hungry (2000)

A Memphis car thief falls in love with one of his victims, an attractive cellist.


Craig Brewer


Craig Brewer
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Credited cast:
Eric Tate ... Eli Foote
Lindsey Roberts Lindsey Roberts ... Harper
Lake Latimer Lake Latimer ... Amanda
John Still John Still ... Mr. Coles
Keenon Nikita Keenon Nikita ... Archie
Dennis Phillippi Dennis Phillippi ... Bobo
T.C. Sharpe T.C. Sharpe ... Cowboy Urles
Jay Munn Jay Munn ... Preacher
Wanda Wilson Wanda Wilson ... Miss Wanda
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Karl Chambless Karl Chambless ... Beale Street Tourist
Lazarus Hawk Lazarus Hawk ... Dealer
Larry Moore Larry Moore


A Memphis car thief falls in love with one of his victims, an attractive cellist.

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Release Date:

4 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA


Box Office


$20,000 (estimated)
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BR2 Productions See more »
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Craig Brewer: He can be seen in the mirror filming the scene where Harper is working in the strip club. See more »


[Eli and Harper are walking to Amanda's concert at the University of Memphis. Harper begins looking up at the sky]
Harper: This is like a date!
Eli Foote: It ain't like that...
Harper: With a real live girl!
Eli Foote: What are you doing?
Harper: Oh, I was just looking for the flying pigs. Come on, Casanova, let's go get us some culture.
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Crazy Credits

"Dedicated to Walter Brewer." See more »


Referenced in Hustle & Flow (2005) See more »


Hex & Hell
Written by Jason Freeman
Performed by Jason Freeman
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Started watching, couldn't stop.
8 July 2006 | by timmcginnisSee all my reviews

I came across this film on IFC one night, very late. I started watching and though I was really tired, I just couldn't pull myself away. I ended up thinking about it long after the final credits had rolled.

This is a fine film with very strong performances. Like many of the best independent films, you get a fresh story about people you don't know, played by people you don't know. No preconceived notions. You get to learn about their world. And through the strength of the story and the acting, you begin to care about it.

Lyndsay Roberts gives an exceptional performance. I'm surprised I've not seen more of her, or other actors from this film, since. Craig Brewer has gone on to "bigger" things such as Hustle & Flow, and we'll likely see more from him.

I'd really like to see The Poor and Hungry released to DVD so that more people can have access to this nice piece of film making.

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