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Drumline (2002)

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A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university.

Director:

Charles Stone III

Writers:

Shawn Schepps (story), Tina Gordon (screenplay) (as Tina Gordon Chism) | 1 more credit »
13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Cannon ... Devon Miles
Zoe Saldana ... Laila (as Zoë Saldana)
Orlando Jones ... Dr. Lee
Leonard Roberts ... Sean Taylor
GQ ... Jayson
Jason Weaver ... Ernest
Earl Poitier ... Charles (as Earl C. Poitier)
Candace Carey ... Diedre
Shay Roundtree ... Big Rob
Miguel A. Gaetan ... Trey
J. Anthony Brown ... Mr. Wade
Afemo Omilami ... President Wagner
Angela Elayne Gibbs ... Dorothy Miles (as Angela E. Gibbs)
Tyreese Burnett ... Henry
Brandon Hirsch ... Buck Wild
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Storyline

A fish-out-of-water comedy about a talented street drummer from Harlem who enrolls in a Southern university, expecting to lead its marching band's drumline to victory. He initially flounders in his new world, before realizing that it takes more than talent to reach the top. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Half time is game time

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for innuendo and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drumline See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,604,705, 15 December 2002

Gross USA:

$56,399,184

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,588,485
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was based on the real life story of super producer Dallas Austin and model Kim Porter See more »

Goofs

When Devon is with his mom after graduation his tassel is to the right. However, part of a graduation ceremony is switching your tassel from the right to the left after you receive your diploma. Therefore, Devon's tassel should have been on the left side because he already received his diploma. See more »

Quotes

Buck Wild: If you're up for marching band training, gather 'round. Take a good look at this man. This black Adonis is known as God's gift, A.K.A. Double G. You will know him and call him such from this day forward. I'm Buck Wild. We are your drum majors. Starting tomorrow, white T-shirts at all times. It'll help us identify you as a crab who knows absolutely nothing. Maybe you'll one day have the honor and privilege to wear the school colors. But for now, you're as blank as the white T-shirts you'll be ...
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Crazy Credits

As the MBU band plays one more time over the credits, the names for each principal actor appear on the screen (and exit) in patterns resembling marching formations, such as spinning into frame and then out again like a drumline. See more »

Connections

References White Men Can't Jump (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Been Away
Written by Dallas Austin, KAreem Savage, Arthur 'T-Boy' Ross (as Arthur Ross) and Leon Ware
Performed by Q the Kid featuring Jermaine Dupri
Produced by Dallas Austin
(Contains elements from "I Wanna Be Where You Are"
Performed by Michael Jackson
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises)
Q the Kid appears courtesy of Free For All, Inc.
Jermaine Dupri appears courtesy of So So Def Recordings, Inc.
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Good, Clean Fun
10 January 2004 | by Doghouse-6See all my reviews

I'm not one of those people who moans and groans that "movies today are so full of trashy language" (or sex or violence or whatever), and that there's not enough "wholesome" (that word gives me a pain) entertainment for the family. For all those who do (and even those who don't), here's an energetic film that manages to entertain while eschewing content that could conceivably offend anyone (unless they find even the tiniest amount of innocuous, lightweight hip-hop too much to take).

The thematic ground here - young hotshot learns to sacrifice for the good of the team; underdogs strive for triumph - has been covered countless times before, so DRUMLINE wisely boils the plot down to its barest elements, for the most part sidestepping the obligatory contrived obstacles and setbacks, and plays to its strength: the music.

This is a story about college marching bands, focusing in particular on the members of the percussion section, and a good 50% - if not more - of the film concentrates on the lively and elaborate performances of the bands, which are complimented by equally lively cinematography and editing.

No, it's not deep and, yes, it's old fashioned. In, fact, it doesn't take a lot of imagination to see Mickey and Judy in the roles of Devon and Laila (though probably with different names!). I mean, these are the cleanest livin' kids you'll see in any recent picture! But it's solid and it all works. Oh, and don't be scared off by the idea of so much college marching band music. Not being a football fan, my exposure to such things is limited to the Rose Parade, and I don't have a clue as to what state-of-the-art is for halftime entertainment these days, but, for what it's worth, this is the best college marching band stuff I've ever seen, and I wasn't bored for a minute.


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