Hustle & FlowDirector: Craig Brewer, Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning
One man's struggle to rise above his circumstances prompts him to try a career in music in this acclaimed drama from writer and director Craig Brewer. Djay (Terrence Howard) is a low-level pimp and drug dealer who scraped together a living in the ghettos of Memphis, TN. Djay isn't happy with his life, and the realization that he's reached the same age when his father unexpectedly died has made him start thinking about changing his ways. Djay has always had a gift for spinning stories, and after picking up a cheap keyboard, he begins picking out beats to go along with his rhymes. After bumping into an old high-school buddy who works in gospel music, Key (Anthony Anderson), Djay decided to take the plunge and remake himself as a rapper. With the technical know-how of Key and the musical input of a local beat maker named Shelby (DJ Qualls), Djay begins turning his way with words and his first-hand knowledge of the street life into music, as his two live-in girlfriends, Lexus (Paula Jai Parker) and Shug (Taraji P. Henson), add their musical input and emotional support and Nola (Taryn Manning) continues to turn tricks to pay the bills. When local boy-turned-nationwide hip-hop star Skinny Black (Ludacris) comes to town to pay a visit to Arnel (Isaac Hayes), a club owner friendly with Djay, he sees an opportunity to put his demo in the hands of someone who can bring his music to the masses, though it turns out to be far more difficult than he expected. Hustle & Flow had its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, where it received a number of rave reviews and took home the Audience Award.
Every good actor has a season when he comes into his own, and this is Terrence Howard's time.
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Cast & Crew
|Taraji P. Henson||Shug|
|Paula Jai Parker||Lexus|
|Andrew Black||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Andy Black||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Scott Bomar||Score Composer|
|Keith Brian Burns||Production Designer|
|Van A. Hayden||Asst. Director|
|Preston Holmes||Associate Producer|
|Paul A. Simmons||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Paul Stewart||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Dwight Williams||Co-producer,Executive Producer|
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Not bad at all. This movie is an entertaining one for sure.
When my husband and I sat down to watch this movie, he was determined to "take a nap" after the opening credits. By the end he was just as into the story and characters as I was. Terrence Howard's performance was incredible and the story well crafted. Definately a title I recommend.
Hustle and Flow is a very inspiring movie. You really have to watch the behind the scenes and listen to the producers and directors tell you about the background and what the essence of the movie is. I think we can all agree Terrence Howard looked good even as a southern country pimp!!! This movie is more about a pimp becoming a rapper. It's about overcoming fears and challenging new boundaries. It's about believing there's a way even if you can't see it. It's about knowing EVERYONE deserves a chance at success, but there's only the RIGHT way to go about it. We found this out when Djay was trying to use Skinny Black to get his foot in the door, it was wrong and he paid for it. What I loved the most about this movie is Djay's character, I think we can all agree that he is not your average pimp! He's very emotional and the best part is he has a conscience! Djay is also quite comical as he constantly gets frustrated to be respected as a pimp by his hoes. What struck me about this movie was the fact that it is so real. The situations feel real when you're watching it. I could feel everyone's pain and glory throughout the film, and that's what a movie is supposed to capture and provide to the viewers, a sense of reality. Could you really see this happening, of course you could. I felt so uplifted as the characters started working together to create music. Everyone played their part to the "T" and I simply love this movie! If you haven't seen it, you need to!