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Drumline (2002)

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

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Big Rob
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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

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Half time is game time

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Music

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

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13 December 2002 (USA)  »

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Dobszóló  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

Nick Cannon did his own drumming on screen while his double, Jason Price, did majority of the close-ups with complex techniques. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, Sean refers to the segment that he will demonstrate as "the part before my solo". This segment is never present before Sean's solo in the upcoming game, though it does resurface in one of the cadences A&T uses to compete in the tiebreaker during the Classic. See more »

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Fox Sports Commentator: It all started 40 years ago with two Atlanta bands, Atlanta A&T and Morris Brown College, putting on a small competition to raise money to purchase uniforms. A humble beginning with what has grown into a bandaholic's dream weekend here at Georgia. Today's B.E.T. Classic brings in over 50,000 fans to the Georgia Dome and an even bigger television audience. Over the years the competition has become slicker and much more glitzy. With reigning champion Morris Brown, you know what to expect. Five of...
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Crazy Credits

During the beginning of the ending credits, there are performances from Atlanta A&T as well as Morris Brown College that weren't shown in the original movie. See more »

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Spoofed in Robot Chicken: Robot Chicken Christmas Special (2005) See more »

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Uh Oh
Written by Dallas Austin and Kandi
Produced by Dallas Austin
Performed by Monica
Monica appears courtesy of J Records
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Good, Clean Fun
10 January 2004 | by (Glendale, CA) – See all my reviews

I'm not one of those people who moans and groans that "movies today are so full of trashy language" (or sex or violence or whatever), and that there's not enough "wholesome" (that word gives me a pain) entertainment for the family. For all those who do (and even those who don't), here's an energetic film that manages to entertain while eschewing content that could conceivably offend anyone (unless they find even the tiniest amount of innocuous, lightweight hip-hop too much to take).

The thematic ground here - young hotshot learns to sacrifice for the good of the team; underdogs strive for triumph - has been covered countless times before, so DRUMLINE wisely boils the plot down to its barest elements, for the most part sidestepping the obligatory contrived obstacles and setbacks, and plays to its strength: the music.

This is a story about college marching bands, focusing in particular on the members of the percussion section, and a good 50% - if not more - of the film concentrates on the lively and elaborate performances of the bands, which are complimented by equally lively cinematography and editing.

No, it's not deep and, yes, it's old fashioned. In, fact, it doesn't take a lot of imagination to see Mickey and Judy in the roles of Devon and Laila (though probably with different names!). I mean, these are the cleanest livin' kids you'll see in any recent picture! But it's solid and it all works. Oh, and don't be scared off by the idea of so much college marching band music. Not being a football fan, my exposure to such things is limited to the Rose Parade, and I don't have a clue as to what state-of-the-art is for halftime entertainment these days, but, for what it's worth, this is the best college marching band stuff I've ever seen, and I wasn't bored for a minute.


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