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Idlewild (2006)

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A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player ... See full summary »

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Bryan Barber

Writer:

Bryan Barber
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
André Benjamin ... Percival Jenkins
Big Boi ... Rooster (as Antwan A. Patton)
Paula Patton ... Angel Davenport
Terrence Howard ... Trumpy
Faizon Love ... Sunshine Ace
Malinda Williams ... Zora
Cicely Tyson ... Mother Hopkins
Macy Gray ... Taffy
Ben Vereen ... Percy Senior
Paula Jai Parker ... Rose
Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Young Rooster
Patti LaBelle ... The Real Angel Davenport
Ving Rhames ... Spats
Jackie Long ... Monk S. Dupois
Oscar Dillon ... Bobo
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Storyline

A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player and partner Percival must choose between his love, Angel or his obligations to his father. Written by CCC

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Life in Idlewild See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,745,780, 27 August 2006

Gross USA:

$12,571,185

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,643,027
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Paula Patton openly admitted that she's not a singer. She sang a few riffs for her audition, but aside from the scene in which her character and Percival rehearse for her first stage performance, she didn't sing in the movie. Debra Killings did the rest of her character's singing. See more »

Goofs

Rooster's first big song starts with the camera on Percival playing the piano. A few seconds later, Rooster dances around the stage and no one is at the piano. See more »

Quotes

GW: At the end of the day Wilbur you ain't nothing but a thief
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Crazy Credits

The credits play over a musical dance number by Percival See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cleanflix (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Off Your Cool
Written by André Benjamin
Performed by Outkast featuring Norah Jones
Courtesy of LaFace Records/Zomba Label Group
Norah Jones appears courtesy of Blue Note Records
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shame, shame, shame
22 September 2006 | by EddieLeeHendersonSee all my reviews

Here we have the most creative Hip Hop/Rap duo teaming with one of the most creative music video directors on a very good film. I can't believe people aren't seeing this movie...especially black folks. We support some of the most drab and unimaginative crap in music and film but won't support good art. (Maybe it needs more violence or ass shaking in it.)

Anyways, Idlewild has a great story, great music, and highly creative camera work and directing. The acting isn't excellent, but it does not detract from the film. I look forward to seeing more work from Mr. Barber. I wish there were more black filmmakers like him and more music artists like Outkast. Let's move forward people.


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