A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.


Jim Sheridan


Terence Winter
6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
50 Cent ... Marcus (as Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Majestic
Joy Bryant ... Charlene
Omar Benson Miller ... Keryl
Tory Kittles ... Justice
Terrence Howard ... Bama
Ashley Walters ... Antwan
Marc John Jefferies ... Young Marcus
Viola Davis ... Grandma
Sullivan Walker Sullivan Walker ... Grandpa
Serena Reeder ... Katrina
Bill Duke ... Levar
Mpho Koaho ... Junebug
Russell Hornsby ... Odell
Joseph Pierre Joseph Pierre ... Uncle Deuce


A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.

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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content, sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Samuel L. Jackson was offered the role of Levar but turned it down. He told an interviewer that while he liked 50's music, he did not feel that 50 Cent earned the right to star in a film by Jim Sheridan. However, Jackson later co-starred with 50 in Home of the Brave (2006). See more »


When young Marcus is about to "protect" his mom when she's confronting the drug dealer who's working her corner, Marcus' weapon was a club, that particular club didn't come out until the early '90s. See more »


Marcus: Crack meant money, money meant power and power meant war. We shot the Columbians, the Columbians shot us.
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References Fight Club (1999) See more »


Gotta Get out of Hell
by 50 Cent
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I would get rich...
12 July 2006 | by jpschapiraSee all my reviews

Jim Sheridan, by all means a winning director, can take any project and turn it into a successful motion picture event. The project (a movie) in his hands will not only be successful; it will also be good, or better than good. I know this without having seen any of Sheridan's previous films; but the story says there are directors that turn everything they touch into gold…And I don't mean money.

To compare this Sheridan film with Curtis Hanson's "8 Mile" is unavoidable: both movies are about the lives of rappers; 50 Cent an Eminem are intimately connected because the latter one helped launching the career of the first one; and last, both movies are controlled by recognized and respectable directors. If that wasn't enough, this film and "8 Mile" are equally good.

In "8 Mile", Eminem called himself "the Rabbit", when everybody knew he was telling the story of his life. Here, Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) calls himself Marcus, and goes rapping by the name of "young Caesar", which is a nice detail to put slices of fiction in the picture. However, many people know that 50 Cent almost lost his life; and that he had it rough.

The film's screenplay, by Terrence Winter, includes every detail of the language of the neighborhood, the gangs, the attitudes and the business. You see, 50 Cent was black, and he wanted to be and became part of the big business; but Eminem: he was a white boy who had a lot of talent with rhymes…These are two different stories.

The way I see it, Sheridan did a fabulous work in getting the best out of Curtis Jackson's limited acting abilities. He doesn't achieve the high level that Eminem did in "8 Mile", but he doesn't stay behind either. Besides, his supporting cast (with the hand of the genius Avy Kaufman) accompanies him better than Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy and Mekhi Phifer accompanied Eminem.

50 Cent got Joy Bryant, who's good but still doesn't do it for me; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who's great and should have been Emmy nominated for his portrayal of Mr. Eko in "Lost"; Terrence Howard, a touch of class and unlimited talent; the ever respectable Bill Duke and some other names that make the ride entertaining.

Because 50 Cent also got into my heart, with his sassy smile and his peculiar way of rapping; his jokes and his fights…The man had quite a life, and quite a way to put it into words. Jim Sheridan triumphs, 50 Cent triumphs, and the movie triumphs to; because of that simple smile it gets out of you when it's over.

It's not going to make you want to buy the rapper's albums as "Walk the Line" makes you want to buy Johnny Cash's entire career; but it will make you respect the artist's position, his talent and his success.

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Release Date:

9 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hustler's Ambition See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,020,807, 13 November 2005

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2.35 : 1
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