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Brown Sugar -- Two best friends who've made it big in the world of hip-hop music and who support each other professionally choose other romantic partners before realizing that they're really in love with each other.
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Writers (WGA):
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11 October 2002 (USA) See more »
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Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Taye Diggs ... Andre Romulus 'Dre' Ellis

Sanaa Lathan ... Sidney 'Syd' Shaw

Yasiin Bey ... Chris 'Cav' Anton Vichon (as Mos Def)

Nicole Ari Parker ... Reese Marie Wiggam Ellis

Boris Kodjoe ... Kelby Dawson

Queen Latifah ... Francine

Wendell Pierce ... Simon

Erik Weiner ... Ren
Reggi Wyns ... Ten
Melissa Martinez ... Meghan
Aaliyyah Hill ... Young Sidney

Marc John Jefferies ... Young Dre

Venida Evans ... Older Woman
Breece Wilson ... Woman

Brette Taylor ... Woman 2

Donna Duplantier ... Woman 3

Rosalyn Coleman ... Trish Hofmann
Robin T. Kirksey ... Bartender 1

Sterling K. Brown ... Co-Worker

Kofi Boakye ... Host
Dena Atlantic ... Hot 97 Assistant
Gerry Pinzon ... Instructor
Sam McPherson ... Iridium Waiter

Big Daddy Kane ... Himself
Tariq Trotter ... Himself - The Roots (as Black Thought)

Ahmir-Khalib Thompson ... Himself - The Roots (as Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson)
Kool G. Rap ... Himself (as Kool G Rap)

Helmar Augustus Cooper ... Reverend

Keith Tisdell ... Richard
Wyking Jones ... Bartender

Toks Olagundoye ... Sidney's LA Assistant
Opal Alladin ... Crafts Vendor
Angie Martinez ... Herself

Dana Dane ... Himself

Doug E. Fresh ... Himself

Slick Rick ... Himself

Jermaine Dupri ... Himself
Pete Rock ... Himself
Trugoy The Dove ... Himself - De La Soul
Posdnous ... Himself - De La Soul (as Plugwon Posdnuos)
P.A. Pacemaster Mase ... Himself - De La Soul (as Vincent L. Mason)

Kimora Lee Simmons ... Herself

Russell Simmons ... Himself
Beanie Sigel ... Himself

Talib Kweli ... Himself

Common ... Himself
Hadley Martin Fisher ... Backstage Bartender
Justin 'DJ' Spaulding ... Kid in the Park (as D.J. Jus)

Liza Lapira ... Hot 97 Receptionist
De La Soul ... Themselves

Method Man ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

De'Adre Aziza ... Wedding Patron (uncredited)

Vinny DeGennaro ... The Bouncer (uncredited)

Brother Eden Douglas ... Park ChessPlayer #1 (uncredited)
Leonard 'Hub' Hubbard ... (uncredited)
David Jefferson ... Manager (uncredited)

Ralph E. Tresvant ... Royale (uncredited)

Kevin Watson ... Record Label Executive (uncredited)

Directed by
Rick Famuyiwa 
Writing credits
Michael Elliot (story)

Michael Elliot (screenplay) and
Rick Famuyiwa (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Heller .... producer
Trish Hofmann .... co-producer
Magic Johnson .... executive producer (as Earvin 'Magic' Johnson)
Original Music by
Robert Hurst 
Cinematography by
Jeff Barnett 
Enrique Chediak (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dirk Westervelt 
Casting by
Alexa L. Fogel 
Production Design by
Kalina Ivanov 
Art Direction by
David Stein 
Set Decoration by
Roberta J. Holinko 
Costume Design by
Darryle Johnson 
Makeup Department
Kate Best .... makeup artist: Ms. Lathan
Joseph A. Campayno .... makeup artist (as Joe Campayno)
Carol 'Ci Ci' Campbell .... key hair stylist (as Carol D. Campbell)
Roxanna Floyd .... makeup artist: Queen Latifah
Anita Gibson .... key makeup artist
Quentin Harris .... hair stylist: Ms. Lathan and Ms. Parker
Sandra Murphy .... key hair stylist
Julie Taylor .... hair stylist: Queen Latifah
Christine Domaniecki .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Sean Garrett Fogel .... production supervisor (as Sean Fogel)
Trish Hofmann .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Guerra .... second second assistant director (as Louis J. Guerra)
Jono Oliver .... first assistant director
Rebecca Strickland .... second assistant director
Mark C. Hutchinson .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Shirley Belwood .... set dresser
Coburn Boyd .... set dresser
Suzanne E. Cestare .... set dresser
Thomas Costabile .... construction consultant (as Tom Costabile)
Ruth Deleon .... on-set dresser (as Ruth Ann DeLeon)
Peter Gelfman .... property master
Tim Grimes .... assistant property master
Michael Herlihy .... carpenter
Nora Kasarda .... art department coordinator
Monique Mitchell .... key construction grip
Gregory Morell .... assistant property master (as Greg Morell)
Lyvan A. Munlyn .... camera scenic artist
Gus Papadopoulos .... leadman
Addison Pettit .... graphic designer (as Addison F. Pettit)
Greg Sullivan .... charge scenic
Bryan Tonkin .... construction grip
Alyssa Winter .... buyer
Kate Yatsko .... buyer
Harriet Zucker .... buyer
Maximilian De Armon .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve Bartkowicz .... sound engineer
Matt Colleran .... sound recordist (as Matthew Colleran)
Victor Ray Ennis .... first assistant sound editor
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer (as Rob Fernandez)
Stephanie Flack .... dialogue editor
Paul Flinchbaugh .... sound assistant
Alan Freedman .... foley mixer
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Hedgepath .... supervising sound editor
Michael Hertlein .... adr editor
Daniel S. Irwin .... dialogue editor
David Kudell .... sound assistant
Tommy Louie .... boom operator
Diane Marshall .... foley assistant (as S. Dianne Marshall)
Michael Mullane .... background sound editor (as Michael Mullan)
Schavaria Reeves .... cable person
William Sarokin .... sound mixer
Anne Slack .... foley editor
Alec St. John .... foley editor
Roland N. Thai .... sound effects editor (as Roland Thai)
Kerry Ann Carmean .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Steve Caldwell .... digital artist: Custom Film Effects
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects supervisor: Custom Film Effects
Adam Gass .... production manager: Custom Film Effects
Shaina Holmes .... digital artist: Custom Film Effects
L. Elizabeth Powers .... digital supervisor: Custom Film Effects (as Laurie Powers)
L. Elizabeth Powers .... lead artist: Custom Film Effects (as Laurie Powers)
Susan Shin George .... producer: visual effects, Custom Film Effects
David Smithson .... I/O technician: Custom Film Effects
G.A. Aguilar .... stunts
Dakota Anderson .... stunts
Sean P. Anderson .... stunts
Jeff Blatnick .... stunts
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator
John W. Moyler .... stunts
Stephen A. Pope .... stunts
Derrick Simmons .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Will Arnot .... Steadicam operator (as William Arnot)
Will Arnot .... camera operator: "b" camera (as William Arnot)
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer
David E. Baron .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as David Baron)
Hugo Bonilla .... company electrician
Andrew Casey .... camera operator: "b" camera
Nicolas L. Charuet .... company grip (as Nicolas Charuet)
Sam Chase .... company electrician (as Samuel Chase)
William Coleman .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Bill Coleman)
Jeffrey A. Danielson .... best boy electric (as Jeff Danielson)
Howard Davidson .... company grip
Keith Devlin .... company electrician
Glen Engels .... best boy grip
Dennis Green .... 24 frame video operator
Michael Green .... camera operator
Richard Guinness Jr. .... key grip
Marc Hirschfeld .... Steadicam assistant (as Mark D. Hirschfeld)
Jacqui Howell .... camera loader
Nils Johnson .... video playback operator
Patrick McGrath .... dolly grip (as Pat McGrath)
Andrew Priestley .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Joseph Quirk .... gaffer
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator
James Scutakes .... company grip
Amy Silverman .... second assistant camera
Mark Summers .... company electrician
Joel Tishcoff .... company electrician
Aurelia Winborn .... first assistant camera
James J. Ferris .... electrician (uncredited)
Jon W. Rosenbloom .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Heather Baird .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Tuffy Questell .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Careen Fowles .... wardrobe supervisor
Rachel Leek .... set costumer (as Rachel J. Leek)
Jill Merritt .... wardrobe supervisor
Kim Wilcox .... assistant costume designer
Eden Miller .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Josh Campbell .... associate editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Mark Nakamine .... colorist (digital color correction)
Sandra Nash .... second assistant editor
DeNon Porter .... first assistant editor (as De Non Porter)
Michael Sherman .... apprentice editor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
Music Department
Jim Black .... music clearance
Josh Campbell .... music editor: temp music
Barry Cole .... music supervisor
Christopher Covert .... music supervisor
Robert Hurst .... conductor: score
Robert Hurst .... orchestrator: score
Robert Hurst .... score contractor
Scott Kinsey .... musician: keyboards and piano
Bernie Kirsch .... score mixer (as Bernie Krish)
Bennie Maupin .... musician: woodwinds
Damion Reed .... musician: drums
Brian Richards .... music editor
Sharisse Rogers .... music preparation
Mark Skillingberg .... assistant music editor
Nick Smith .... musician: keyboards and piano
Steve Tavaglione .... musician: woodwinds
Christine Bergren .... music legal (uncredited)
Celeste Chada .... music licensing (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Peter Clores .... transportation co-captain (as Pete Clores)
Steven R. Hammond .... transportation captain
Other crew
David Acampora .... additional title designer
Leon Adair Jr. .... parking coordinator
Beth Avery .... location assistant
LaWanda Black .... assistant: Queen Latifah (as Lawanda Black)
Dawn Bridgewater .... production assistant
Kija Brooks .... production assistant
Dalia Burde .... production assistant
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
Robert Cavalluzzo .... location assistant
Leo Driver .... assistant parking coordinator
Danielle Franco .... assistant: Mr. Famuyiwa
Laurie Gershon .... product placement
Eliot Gerstel .... assistant: Mr. Heller
Amy R. Gorin .... location assistant (as Amy Gorin)
Joshua C. Hersko .... production assistant
Deirdre Horgan .... script supervisor (as Deirdre Horgan Aska)
Terrell John .... production assistant
Alma Victoria LeMarr .... second assistant accountant
Josh Michael .... craft service
Meegan Neeb .... production assistant (as Meegan E. Neeb)
Heather Neeld .... production coordinator
Kim Noble .... assistant location manager (as Kimberly Noble)
Chris Peterson .... production assistant
Damion Reed .... drum programmer
Mike Reilly .... production assistant (as Michael Reilly)
J. Max Ruschak .... first assistant accountant
Kathi Scharer .... production accountant
Darryl A. Smith .... payroll accountant
Eugene Stamos .... craft service
Tony Touch .... photo
Lisa Varley .... production assistant
Reid Warman .... assistant production coordinator
Marcus Woods .... production assistant
Tom Yeager .... location manager (as Thomas Yeager)
Michael Fucci .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Arif S. Kinchen .... voice-over (uncredited)
Tony Phillippe .... production assistant (uncredited)
Frank Slaten .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language
109 min
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Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs play love interests in "The Best Man" series.See more »
Continuity: When Kelby is picked up at the airport by Sydney there is a sign for the New York Knicks as he is getting off of the plane. Kelby plays for the then New Jersey Nets.See more »
Dre:Simplicity provides a fine line between elegance and plainness.See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Good in oh so many ways, 27 February 2003
Author: Jeff from San Jose, California

A delightful film from the beginning to the end. I liked this film for so many reasons. The primary reasons are the following:

1) A creative and deep look at the impact of hip hip as a music and culture on individuals 2) Beautiful chemistry between the characters Sidney and Dre. 3) Mos Def - period 4) Sanaa Lathan - for her essense as an actress in this film, as well as her amazing beauty. 5) Hip Hop Cameos

The start of the film was especially interesting with the old school (and some new) artists explaining their love of hip hop. I've grown so tired of seeing these new rap films with phony actors like Master P, Snoop, and the Roc-A-Fella crew. It was rewarding to see hip hop artists in a film IN THEIR ELEMENT. With that, I'd like to point out that Mos Def has established himself as one of the few rappers who has sucessfully crossed into the film industry without totally insulting the quality of movies (2pac, Will Smith, Ice-T to some degree, and Eve are a few of the better acting ones).

Aside from the hip-hop aspects, the romantic part of the movie worked very well for me. I really enjoyed the up and down relationship of Sidney and Dre. It helps that I love Sanaa Lathan no doubt, but overall it really was an enjoyable romantic comedy in that aspect. Taye Diggs was cast well as Dre, and I thought he showed a good perspective on the being-real v. getting-money battle that so many in the industry go through.

The Cameos were great with everyone from Russell Simmons to good ol' Angie M. up in the New York Studios. Personally surprising to me was seeing one of the assisant basketball coaches at my univeristy appear as a bartender. Questlove, Kool G. Rap, De La Soul all had good comments.

I can't refrain from commenting on Mos Def's character hitting up on Queen Latifah. hahaha, what a great series of scenes. Also cool was the reappearing blue vase (notice that?).

If you haven't seen the film, go out and rent it. Enjoy! 9/10

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