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Hustle & Flow

Rating:R (for sex and drug content, pervasive language and some violence)
Genre:Drama
Release Date:July 22, 2005
Running time:114 minutes
Cast:Terrence Dashon Howard, DJ Qualls, Taryn Manning, Ludacris, Isaac Hayes
Director:Craig Brewer
Producer:Stephanie Allain, John Singleton
Writer:Craig Brewer
Distributor:MTV Films

Description: DJay, a streetwise Memphis hustler tries to find a voice and realize his long-buried dreams. Though DJay has always had a way with words, that gift has long been misused; this philosopher-hustler lives a dead-end life at the fringes of society. Anything more feels out of reach. Still, DJay wonders what happened to all the big dreams he had for his life. A chance encounter with an old friend, Key, a sound engineer who has always wanted to make it in the music business, spurs DJay: if he's ever going to make his mark, it has to happen now. He begins to write down his freestyle raps -- his flow -- and the two team up with Shelby, a church musician with a beat machine, to lay down bass-thumping crunk tracks. DJay's metamorphosis affects his entire house, as the women in his life -- Shug and Nola -- find ways to contribute to the creative process. With the impending visit to Memphis of hometown platinum-selling rapper Skinny Black, DJay has to make one last hustle if he's ever going to flow.

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