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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.

Director:

Craig Brewer

Writer:

Craig Brewer
Won 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Members of Three 6 Mafia, which won an Oscar for "It's Hard Out Here for A Pimp," appear in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Djay records "It's Hard out here for a Pimp," Nola's hands jump to her headphones between shots. See more »

Quotes

Shelby: If you had to say something different other than "beat that bitch," what would it be?
DJay: I don't know. Shit. Stuff like, um... stomp that ho?
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Soundtracks

Still Tippin' (It's a Man's World Remix)
by Mike Jones, Paul Slayton, Stayve Thomas & Salih Williams
Performed by Mike Jones featuring Nicole Wray
Mike Jones performs courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Nicole Wray performs courtesy of Damon Dash Music Group
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Terrence Howard is phenomenal!
20 December 2005 | by fincherfan22See all my reviews

Incredibly moving, yet definitely not for everyone, Hustle & Flow tells the story of D-Jay, an incredibly conflicted Memphis pimp down on his luck. In one of the most raw and intense performances of recent memory, newcomer Terrence Howard embodies D-Jay with an animal-like ferocity that will help you overcome what few formulaic clichés embody the script. In his mid forties, D-Jay seems too old and far too nice for his profession, and his "hos" seem to take notice. You see, D-Jay represents a lifetime of failed dreams, ambitions, and wrong turns. It seems as if it could all be over, but then fate offers him the opportunity to realize his life-long goal of becoming a successful rap star. D-Jay pours his heart and soul into his music, just as Howard pours his into the performance, and the result is somewhat of a urban Rocky, a true underdog tale. This is perhaps the first hip-hop film to actually get it right, and everything that 8-Mile should have been. Don't let the subject matter keep you from enjoying Howard's brutal tour-de-force.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hustle & Flow 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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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