Hustle & Flow

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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

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


Anthony Anderson


Taryn Manning


Taraji P. Henson


DJ Qualls


(as D.J. Qualls)


Skinny Black

Paula Jai Parker


Elise Neal


Isaac Hayes


Jordan Houston


(as Juicy J)

William Engram


(as William 'Poon' Engram)

Bobby Sandimanie

Yellow Jacket

(as Bobby 'I-20' Sandimanie)



Claude Phillips


Josey Scott


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


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

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

Technical Specs


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.


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.