Get Rich or Die Tryin'

November 9th, 2005


Get Rich or Die Tryin'

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A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 4.2/10 (21,944 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Jim Sheridan

Stars: 50 Cent, Joy Bryant, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.

50 Cent - Marcus (as Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje - Majestic
Joy Bryant - Charlene
Omar Benson Miller - Keryl
Tory Kittles - Justice
Terrence Howard - Bama
Ashley Walters - Antwan
Marc John Jefferies - Young Marcus
Viola Davis - Grandma
Sullivan Walker - Grandpa
Serena Reeder - Katrina
Bill Duke - Levar
Mpho Koaho - Junebug
Russell Hornsby - Odell
Joseph Pierre - Uncle Deuce

Taglines: At the end of the day, what will you hang on to?


Official Website: Paramount Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 9 November 2005

Filming Locations: Ardmore Studios, Herbert Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,020,807 (USA) (13 November 2005) (1652 Screens)

Gross: $30,981,850 (USA) (29 January 2006)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Samuel L. Jackson was offered the role of Levar but turned it down. He told an interviewer that while he liked 50's music, he did not feel that 50 Cent earned the right to star in a film by Jim Sheridan. However, Jackson later co-starred with 50 in Home of the Brave.

Anachronisms: When young Marcus is about to "protect" his mom when she's confronting the drug dealer who's working her corner, Marcus' weapon was a club, that particular club didn't come out until the early '90s.

Marcus: Come on, say that again, come on get in the car
Bama: Its like when I'm right I'm right, when I'm wrong I could been right, so I'm still right cause I coulda been wrong, you know, and I'm sorry cause I could be wrong right now, I could be wrong, but if I'm right...

User Review

Another Petty Nihilist Hits the Jackpot

Rating: 1/10

50 Cent is decidedly no mere circus performer; unlike him, circus performers possess real talent. Yet, while his musical talent is certainly nil, it would be a mistake to argue that he therefore altogether lacks talent. In fact, 50 - very much like the legions of other gangster rappers - possesses great talent: the talent of a virtuoso con artist. 50 is banking on a pandemic of cataclysmically cheapened tastes - in other words, on the very aesthetic decline that made these other blissfully unconscious con artists rich. This extraordinary, innate ability to identify and exploit today's mass degeneration of taste is a truly supreme talent - a talent reaching to the very depths of cynicism. 50's nihilistic celebration of the meaningless and absurd is, of course, very "postmodern," very fashionable. As such we'll doubtless continue to skip and whistle our way to oblivion. Yes, 50 Cent is a joke. Unfortunately, the joke is on us.

As for this "film", I for one believe that if something's not worth doing, it's not worth doing well. So just as it's impossible for me to get excited over a spectacular tattoo, a gold chain, or the latest cutting-edge developments in nose-piercing technology, I have trouble taking seriously anything having to do with 50 cent. He is a thug, a petty nihilist, and a symptom of cultural decline. Nothing more.

I am a black man, and 50 Cent in no way represents me or anyone I know. I think it's shameful the way he's plastered up all over town. What he represents is the worst that our culture has to offer.


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