Up 1,952 this week

Drumline (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  13 December 2002 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 27,963 users   Metascore: 63/100
Reviews: 185 user | 64 critic | 28 from Metacritic.com

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



(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

12 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drumline: A New Beat (TV Movie 2014)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Danielle (Dani) Bolton, an upper class Brooklyn girl, defies her parents in order to attend a college in Georgia so she can join - and revitalize - their once-prominent drumline.

Director: Bille Woodruff
Stars: Alexandra Shipp, Leonard Roberts, Jordan Calloway
Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Highschool loser (Cannon) pays a cheerleader (Milian) to pose as his girlfriend so he can be considered cool. Remake of 1987' Can't Buy Me Love, starring Patrick Dempsey.

Director: Troy Byer
Stars: Nick Cannon, Christina Milian, Jordan Burg
Roll Bounce (2005)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

1970s roller-skate jams fuel this coming-of-age comedy, as X and his friends, who rule their local rink, are shocked when their home base goes out of business. Heading over to the ... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Stars: Shad Moss, Nick Cannon, Meagan Good
ATL (2006)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

As four friends prepare for life after high school, different challenges bring about turning points in each of their lives. The dramas unfold and resolve at their local rollerskating rink, Cascade.

Director: Chris Robinson
Stars: T.I., Lauren London, Evan Ross
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After the death of his brother, An expert street dancer goes to Georgia to attend Truth University. But his efforts to get an education and woo the girl he likes are sidelined when he joins... See full summary »

Director: Sylvain White
Stars: Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Ne-Yo
Mr 3000 (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Aging baseball star who goes by the nickname, Mr. 3000, finds out many years after retirement that he didn't quite reach 3,000 hits. Now at age 47 he's back to try and reach that goal.

Director: Charles Stone III
Stars: Bernie Mac, Angela Bassett, Michael Rispoli
Underclassman (2005)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A young detective goes undercover at an elite private school to destroy an international stolen car ring.

Director: Marcos Siega
Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Shawn Ashmore, Kelly Hu
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad. Their love-hate relationship lasts into high school, with ... See full summary »

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman
Brown Sugar (2002)
Romance | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Stars: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Yasiin Bey
Barbershop (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A day in the life of a South Side Chicago barbershop.

Director: Tim Story
Stars: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

In order to achieve their dream of opening a recording studio, two friends (Omarion, Houston) must first win their city's dance contest -- a fierce competition that pits them against a group of tough street dancers.

Director: Chris Stokes
Stars: Omarion Grandberry, J-Boog, Raz B
Guess Who (2005)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A sarcastic father (Mac) has plenty to say about his daughter wanting to marry a white boy (Kutcher).

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Bernie Mac, Zoe Saldana


Cast overview, first billed only:
Laila (as Zoë Saldana)
Charles (as Earl C. Poitier)
Big Rob
Mr. Wade
President Wagner
Dorothy Miles (as Angela E. Gibbs)
Tyreese Burnett ...
Buck Wild


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


Half time is game time


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

13 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dobszóló  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,604,705 (USA) (13 December 2002)


$56,398,162 (USA) (25 April 2003)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


While Morris Brown is a real college in Atlanta, there is no real Atlanta A&T. The filming was done at Clark University in Atlanta and at Morris Brown. The performers (aside from those from Morris Brown) were recruited from high school and university bands all over the Atlanta and Metro Atlanta area. High school band director Don Roberts was recruited to turn the performers into real, convincing bands. See more »


When Devon is in class to learn about music notes, there is someone wearing red clothes sitting behind him. In the next shot, this person is gone. See more »


Devon: They don't tell you about all this when they recruit you.
See more »

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 »


Followed by Drumline: A New Beat (2014) See more »


Let's Go
Written by Maurice Young, Lasana Smith, Mark Seymour, Corey Evans and Ted Lucas
Performed by Bethune Cookman College Marching Band
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A pleasant surprise!
22 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not a musician and know little about marching bands. However, this movie captivated my attention. The athleticism of these musical marchers was something I had never thought about until watching this excellent movie. The music is wonderful and the drumline competition puts the dueling banjos of yesterday to shame. The story line delivers a good message of how raw talent can be molded into disciplined success. The concept of teamwork and individual goals are blended into a believable and inspiring movie. I found the acting to be very good and will look for the cast in future movies. Nick Cannon and Orlando Jones never leave any doubt about the characters they are playing.

35 of 45 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Drums have ONE note ferencegrizzal
Are IMDb Users Rasict? 8Syx
Marching band as a sport? lil_grumpy_care_bear
worst movie ever txgoose88
insult to Morris Brown College? marhenbro
2nd song help carnivalchica28
Discuss Drumline (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: