Hustle & Flow Poster

Release Date: July 22nd, 2005

DVD Release Date: January 10th, 2006

R|1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary
DJay (Terrence Howard) is a pimp living day to day on the tough streets of Memphis, Tennessee. Pushing 40, he's tired of the life he's living and dreams of something greater. When he meets up with an old friend who is now in the recording industry, he's inspired to turn his life around and uses his criminal life as an inspiration to create rap music. When he hears that a rap superstar is coming to town, Djay works a hustle to gain the rapper's attention and hopefully get signed by a label.

Cast: Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning, Taraji P. Henson, Paula Jai Parker, Elise Neal, Isaac Hayes, DJ Qualls

Director: Craig Brewer

Genres: Music, Drama

Production Co: Crunk Pictures, New Deal Productions, Homegrown Pictures

Distributors: MTV Productions

Keywords: Bar, Rise, 2000s, Transformation, Friend, Inspiring, Gritty, Intense

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A weird fusion of blaxploitation and American indie, built on a template of old-style, follow-your-dream Hollywood drama. But it works - sometimes magnificently. show more

  • I found Hustle & Flow hard to get into at first, if only for its dialogue. But DJay's turf turns out to be everyone's turf -- a jagged landscape of hopes, disappointments, folly and fulfillment.

  • Every good actor has a season when he comes into his own, and this is Terrence Howard's time. show more

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Winner Music (Original Song)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)