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11 October 2002 (USA) See more »
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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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Continuity: When Syd and Francine are unpacking and talking, the books that Francine are putting away appear and disappear with each shot.See more »
Dre:It's when you talk like that, that's what makes me think that you're jealous.
Sidney 'Syd' Shaw:What?
Dre:Yes. Jealous!
Sidney 'Syd' Shaw:[throws a cookie on the table] No wonder you two are married, you're both crazy! Look here, contrary to what you and your wife may think, I don't spend my nights thinkin' about you, okay?
Dre:Shh! Lower the voice.
Sidney 'Syd' Shaw:I got a man who's fine, intelligent, successful, and gives it to me on a very, very regular basis and the s**t is the bomb!
Dre:So! I don't care what -
Sidney 'Syd' Shaw:Dre I need you to be happy for me. I need you to be there for me, just like you asked of me. So - so I can have tea and eat cucumber sandwiches with the crust cut off!
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A hip-hop culture/romantic comedy that avoids the gags of both genres, 3 April 2003
Author: jransom from Boston, MA

Brown Sugar (2002) could have been retitled Love & Hip-hop if only to simplify matters. Like Love & Basketball, it marries the tried-and-true romantic flick formula to the emergence of mainstream "black" culture. Because of these similarities and the presence of Sanaa Lathan, most viewers will quickly lump Brown Sugar into one of two pools. They will either see it as yet another "black" film about a lifestyle that was once counter-cultural and is now, thanks to MTV, cliched or as one more in a long line of romantic comedies.

This film fits into both categories but is far better than most of its fellow films. The hip-hop culture is a childhood background that has turned into a profitable lifestyle for Dre and Sid, the two main characters. Their careers are products of the American craze for pop culture but their love for hip-hop is strong enough to allow them the hope that they can somehow make a difference in the business. Films with black stars tend either to drown them with imagery of the ghetto (a la Menace II Society, Baby Boy, etc) or completely ignore the African-American element, dress the characters in business suits, and absorb them into the "white" corporate world of success. Brown Sugar does neither. Hip-hop is natural to Dre and Sid and is present in their conversations without being obtrusive. Writer Michael Elliot is wise to let them lead their lives in the corporate world without ever losing their childhood backgrounds.

In the other camp, romantic comedies generally sacrifice character development and plausibility to accomodate the dreaded near-misses, love misunderstandings, and the climatic scene where the man publicly confesses his undying love. For the most part, Brown Sugar steers clear of these pitfalls and remains true to its characters. The movie never pretends that any of its characters are perfect or indeed that any of them are ever sure of any of their emotions. This is not a fairy tale movie where characters have sex because they are in love. This film is more realistic. The characters are young and romantic at heart and for one reason or another, they find sex first. That then leads them to at least the misguided pretense of love. As one character explains it, "put a man and a woman together for long enough and something's bound to happen." Infidelity is shown as a sign of emotional uncertainty not of villainy. Even the best of the characters eventually considers it. But neither Famuyiwa's camera or Elliot's script vilify them for it. The characters earn the viewer's sympathy despite their mistakes and when confronted by their angry spouses, they do try their best to be honest and direct.

The script also avoids the kinds of contrived jealousy traps that most romantic comedies rely on. When one character finally falls for another and acts on his feelings, he is not lead astray by a misunderstanding. He arrives early enough to realize that she has managed to find love elsewhere while he was making up his mind, but too late to do anything about it. Even the public pronouncement of love is cleverly flipped. All in all, this movie should be watched by anyone who has seen one too many weak romantic or African-American comedies and needs to be reminded that a string of bad movies does not ruin a genre.

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