Hustle And Flow

Directed By: Craig Brewer Starring: Terrence Howard

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Producer John Singleton and award-winning director Craig Brewer bring to life the unforgettable tale of DJay (Terrence Howard), a pimp whose gritty hustle selling sexy Nola (Taryn Manning) and supporting pregnant Shug (Taraji Henson) leaves him wondering if this is it for him. Only when he trades contraband for a keyboard and bumps into his old schoolfriend Key (Anthony Anderson) does he see a way out by laying down some tracks and fulfilling his dream of becoming a respected rapper. When he learns Skinny Black (Ludacris), a local rapper turned mogul, is rolling through town for the 4th of July, DJay plans for the hustle of his life to get his voice heard. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Hustle & Flow is an intense and brilliant portrayal of one man's struggle for redemption and inspiration on life's mean streets.


Studio Paramount
SKU 40725835
UPC 097363456544
UPC 14 00097363456544
Format DVD
Release Date 1/17/2012
Rating Rating
African American Cinema
Music (General)
Rap Artists
Rap Music
Rap/Hip Hop
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A gritty fairy tale of dreams deferred, HUSTLE & FLOW infuses the torpor of the Memphis ghetto with electric tension. Terrence Howard delivers the performance of a lifetime as DJay, a pimp and drug dealer eking out an existence with his three whores, one of whom, Shug (Taraji P. Henson, HOLLA), is hugely pregnant. Nola (Taryn Manning, 8 MILE) turns tricks from the backseat of DJay's beater, while Lexus (Paula Jai Parker, LOVE CHRONICLES), the hustler's high-maintenance girlfriend, strips in a cellar-like club. DJay's dissatisfaction is increasing as he senses that life has nothing more in store for him, but a chance encounter with an old school friend, Key (Anthony Anderson, KING'S RANSOM), reignites his musical aspirations. Key is a small-time recording artist, and DJay, armed with a notebook full of lyrics, pays him a visit at home, much to the displeasure of Key's prim and proper wife (Elise Neal, PLAYA'S BALL). Initially dubious, Key agrees to partner with DJay after hearing his stuff, and the two build a makeshift recording studio in DJay's back room, enlisting the aid of a skinny white boy (DJ Qualls) with an unlikely talent on the drum machine. There unfolds the triumphant meat of the story, where, against all odds--and after a few bouts of infighting--everyone pitches in to cut DJay's crunk demo.^Essentially a rags-to-riches story, director Craig Brewer avoids the saccharine through his achingly human portrayal of the characters. DJay is fraught with an undeniable misogyny that colors his otherwise sympathetic angst, and Howard portrays that complexity with grace and soul. With John Singleton in the producer's chair, HUSTLE & FLOW strikes an unprecedented balance between feel-good fare and unstinting urban drama, in what amounts to a powerful depiction of the pain and poignant struggle of those who populate this often-misinterpreted milieu.
Entertainment Weekly "The home-recording sequences in HUSTLE & FLOW are funky, rowdy, and indelible. Brewer gives us the pleasure of watching characters create music from the ground up, beat by beat, take by take." 07/29/2005 p.47-48,Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "[A] gritty, lived-in, up-from-the-streets fable, as compulsively watchable as SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER or EIGHT MILE..." 12/30/2005 p.117-118
New York Times "It's certainly live, with fine performances and a strong soundtrack..." 07/22/2005 p.E1
Rolling Stone "Things go brutally wrong for DJay but hauntingly right for Brewer and Howard, who create explosive entertainment." 07/28/2005 p.92
Movieline's Hollywood Life "[T]he vibrant details of setting and characterization freshen the journey." 07/01/2005 p.100
USA Today "The best thing HUSTLE & FLOW has going for it is Terrence Howard's powerful performance?.The urban setting is grittily real. We can almost feel the sticky heat..." 07/22/2005 p.4E
Sight and Sound "HUSTLE & FLOW transcends its gangsterfied origins to become an unexpected contemplation on the transformative power of art." 12/01/2005 p.56-57
Craig Brewer
Terrence Howard
Cast & Crew
Amy Vincent - Cinematographer
Anthony Anderson - Actor
Billy Fox - Editor
Craig Brewer - Director
Craig Brewer - Writer
Dwight Williams - Executive Producer
John Singleton, et. al. - Producer
Keith Brian Burns - Production Designer
Scott Bomar, et. al. - Original Music By
Taraji P. Henson - Actor
Taryn Manning - Actor
Terrence Howard - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 345354
UPC 00097363456544
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 115 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Sundance Film Festival (2005) Craig Brewer, Winner, Audience Award,Amy Vincent, Winner, Cinematography Award
Golden Globe (2006) Terrence Howard, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Hustle & Flow takes a cliche and imbues it with new life through the virtues of directorial flair and talented acting. For most of its running time, Hustle & Flow follows familiar patterns, deviating only during a third act that brings the street's grit into what initially appears to be a happily-ever-after fairy tale. Never fear, though - writer/director Craig Brewer respects his characters too much to leave them in an unredeemed state.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Sometimes you never really see an actor until the right roles bring him into focus. Terrence Howard has made 22 movies and a lot of TV (most notably the series Sparks), but now in Crash and Hustle & Flow, he creates such clearly-seen characters in such different worlds that his range and depth becomes unmistakable... Hustle & Flow, he plays a Memphis pimp and drug dealer who yearns to make something of himself -- to become a rap artist. His quest for success is seen so clearly and with such sympathy by writer-director Craig Brewer that the movie transcends the crime genre and becomes powerful drama.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Digital Stereo, Commentary, Featurettes, Promotional Spots, English Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Howard,Terrence
Label Paramount Home Video
Video Format DVD
Time A sensation! A star is born! Terrence Howard explodes with coiled energy intelligence and sexuality!
Ebert & Roeper Two Big Thumbs Up!
Chicago Sun-Times ****!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Explosive entertainment!
Richard Corliss, Time Magazine A sensation! A star is born! Terrence Howard explodes with coiled energy, intelligence and sexuality!

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