Hustle & Flow

July 22nd, 2005


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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.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 7.4/10 (21,744 voted)

Critic's Score: 68/100

Director: Craig Brewer

Stars: Terrence Howard, Ludacris, Anthony Anderson

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.

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
Jordan Houston - Tigga (as Juicy J)
William Engram - Slobs (as William 'Poon' Engram)
Bobby Sandimanie - Yellow Jacket (as Bobby 'I-20' Sandimanie)
Haystak - Mickey
Claude Phillips - Harold
Josey Scott - Elroy

Taglines: The music will inspire them. The dream will unite them. This summer get crunk.


Official Website: Paramount Pictures [United States] | UIP [France] |

Release Date: 22 July 2005

Filming Locations: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,017,808 (USA) (24 July 2005) (1013 Screens)

Gross: $22,201,636 (USA) (20 November 2005)

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Did You Know?

Garrett Hedlund auditioned for the role of Shelby, but was considered too pretty.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Clyde is in the shop buying batteries for his microphones. The microphones we see later are Shure studio microphones that do not use batteries. Batteries are very rarely used in studio microphones. However, it is possible that he was purchasing batteries for microphones used in his other endeavors such as wireless microphones or even the deposition microphones we see later in the film.

Shug: I get like this because I'm pregnant and everything... but, you know, letting me sing on the... on the demo and everything like you do... well, it just... it made me feel real. Real special. And... I mean, I know y'all gonna be moving on and moving up... and y'all gonna get real good people to sing, you know, back up for you and everything... but I just... D, I need you to know it meant the world to me.

User Review

A Fantastic film... but not for everyone.

Rating: 10/10

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.