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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
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
Reg Wyns ... Ten (as Reggi Wyns)
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 .... re-recording mixer (as Rob Fernandez)
Stephanie Flack .... dialogue editor
Paul Flinchbaugh .... sound assistant
Alan Freedman .... foley mixer
Gary Gegan .... 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 .... Tuffys Eye Candy Inc (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
Location Management
Beth Avery .... location assistant
Robert Cavalluzzo .... location assistant
Amy R. Gorin .... location assistant (as Amy Gorin)
Kim Noble .... assistant location manager (as Kimberly Noble)
Tom Yeager .... location manager (as Thomas Yeager)
Michael Fucci .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
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)
Danielle Diego .... music executive (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
LaWanda Black .... assistant: Queen Latifah (as Lawanda Black)
Dawn Bridgewater .... production assistant
Kija Brooks .... production assistant
Dalia Burde .... production assistant
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
Leo Driver .... assistant parking coordinator
Danielle Franco .... assistant: Mr. Famuyiwa
Laurie Gershon .... product placement
Eliot Gerstel .... assistant: Mr. Heller
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
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
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
Aspect Ratio:
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Chris:I'm not the Humphrey Bogart in this. I'm the Peter Lorre. I'm the sidekick character. You the Humphrey Bogart. You had your opening. You know what I'm saying? She wanted you to stop her from marrying the old dude, but you let it ride, you know? Same thing Bogey did, man. You're the same dude.
Dre:Man, don't be dissin' Humphrey Bogart, man.
Chris:Why not?
Dre:'Cause he's Humphrey Bogart. He's the man. Yo, he was fightin' a war. That's what they did back then.
Chris:You know what he needed to do back then? He needed to stop fine-ass Ingrid Bergman from gettin' on the plane with the corny dude. And then, he gonna walk off in the fog with some other dude. Come on, man. With another dude, in the fog? Come on. Two grown men walk off in a fog, you don't know where they goin'? Think about it, man.
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
I still love H.E.R., 10 February 2006
Author: dee.reid from United States

They're both approaching 30 and have found success in their different but equally demanding careers. He's a hip-hop producer/exec, and she's a magazine editor for XXL. Their relationship is defined by their mutual love of hip-hop, and for each other. His name is Dre (Taye Diggs) and her name Sidney (Sanaa Lathan).

It was three years ago that I fell in love with H.E.R. (a girl named Katie) and offered her "Brown Sugar" as a Valentine's Day gift and for her birthday (which was two weeks later). For most who fell in love with H.E.R., hip-hop started back in the '70s with DJ Kool Herc driving around the Bronx flatlands blaring the sound of a new era on his speakers. For me, I fell in love with H.E.R., hip-hop, the first time I heard "Walk This Way" by Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith, which was recorded in 1986.

Director Rick Famuyiwa has a passion for the music, and it seems to have culminated with "Brown Sugar," a film that some have called an urban version of "When Harry Met Sally" with a hip-hop beat. Sidney begins nearly every interview with the same question: How did you fall in love with hip-hop? For her, it was July 18, 1984, when she discovered a music genre with break dancing, DJing, emceeing, and graffiti tagging - the four elements of hip-hop.

It's the passion for the rhythm and the beat that brought Sidney and Dre together as children. Early in their time in college, they both considered giving it a go at romance, but Sidney decided it wouldn't be right. Her close friend Francine (Queen Latifah) warns she's turning into a Terry McMillian character. Now, as adults with careers and goals, their romance lives have taken radically different courses. Dre has become engaged to Reese (Nicole Ari Parker), who is beautiful and not some monster as movies like this would require. There is a sense of sincerity in a scene where she and Sidney confront one another about Dre.

Dre, meanwhile, who works for Millennium Records, has been assigned by his boss (Wendell Pierce), who wants MTV rotation, to produce a pair of jokesters named Ren and Ten and who call themselves the "Hip-Hop Dalmations" - "they represent that whole unity (that's 'u.n.i.t.y.') thing." Dre quits Millennium after this fiasco and decides to start his own label by first signing Chris Shawn (Mos Def), who he believes is a real artist. Dre and Sidney both realize they have to keep their feelings for one another on the down-low, especially since she is now involved with professional ballplayer Kelby Dawson (Boris Kodjoe).

"Brown Sugar" works as a pretty sweet romantic comedy that also doubles as a metaphor for the loss of dignity in hip-hop. Sid and Dre's being in love is paralleled against hip-hop's acceptance into the mainstream, and its loss of any meaningful qualities. They both feel the beat, and the passion since that day in July 1984 when they fell in love with the same thing, and its growth over the years. But despite the over-commercialization of my favorite music genre, one thing is certain:

I still love H.E.R.


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