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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Djay
... Key
... Nola
... Shug
... Shelby (as D.J. Qualls)
... Skinny Black
... Lexus
... Yevette
... Arnel
... Tigga
William Engram ... Slobs (as William 'Poon' Engram)
Bobby Sandimanie ... Yellow Jacket (as Bobby 'I-20' Sandimanie)
Haystak ... Mickey
Claude Phillips ... Harold
... Elroy
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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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Everybody gotta have a dream. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

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

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22 July 2005 (USA)  »

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Ritmo de un sueño  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,017,808, 24 July 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,201,636, 20 November 2005
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Terrence Howard is the only actor to appear in two films that received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in the same year. This film won the award for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp." The other nominated song was "In Too Deep," from the Best Picture winner Crash (2005). See more »

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When Djay and Nola are in the car in the opening scene, the view of the john from their back window shows the window rolled down 10-12 inches. A moment later, when Nola exits the car to get into the john's car, the same window is open about 1 inch. See more »

Quotes

Key: Just because you got the bacon, lettuce, and tomato don't mean I'm gonna give you my toast.
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Connections

Referenced in Blood & Oil: Hustle and Flow (2015) See more »

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Tell Me Why
by Anthony Dent, Jayson Boyd, Premro Smith & Marlon Goodwin
Performed by 8Ball & MJG
Courtesy of Bad Boy Records
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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A Fantastic film... but not for everyone.
23 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

As a member of the Hollywood community, I was blown away by this film... By the tight screenplay, the professional direction, and the phenomenal acting. In my opinion, I think this is one of the best films of the year so far.

With that said, it is not a film for children. It is not a film meant to portray ideal role models for children. It IS a film meant to realistically depict the lives of people who live at the very bottom of America's socioeconomic ladder.

If you find yourself unable to reserve judgment against people born into a life so vastly different than your own, you will probably not like this film. In order to appreciate it, you have to be able to see past the moral and ethical ambiguities of these characters.

So if anyone feels unsure whether they can handle the ugliness of this type of world, but still feels curious enough to see it, take a cue from the Anthropologists...

When studying a culture vastly different than your own, make sure to leave the rights and wrongs of your society at home. Because once you impose the moral judgment and ethical standards of your world upon another's, you've sacrificed your objectivity. And by doing so, miss the very point of empathy.


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