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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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Craig Brewer

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Craig Brewer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Juicy J ... Tigga
William Engram William Engram ... Slobs (as William 'Poon' Engram)
Bobby Sandimanie Bobby Sandimanie ... Yellow Jacket (as Bobby 'I-20' Sandimanie)
Haystak Haystak ... Mickey
Claude Phillips ... Harold
Josey Scott ... Elroy
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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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Taglines:

The music will inspire them. The dream will unite them. This summer get crunk. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sex and drug content, pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ritmo de un sueño See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,017,808, 24 July 2005

Gross USA:

$22,202,809

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,563,727
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film contains numerous references to famous Memphis-based musicians, but Craig Brewer deliberately avoided any direct references to Elvis Presley. In an interview, Brewer said: "That was a rule. No Elvis." See more »

Goofs

At the beginning when DJ turns on the radio, the music being played is explicit and uncensored. If it was being played on the radio, it would be censored to make it radio-friendly. See more »

Quotes

DJay: You Mormons are some brave mother fuckers.
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Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

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Arranged & Performed by Jennifer Bynum Green
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most fun I've ever had in a theatre
23 July 2005 | by brianhavelkaSee 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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