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

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Charles (as Earl C. Poitier)
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Big Rob
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Trey
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President Wagner
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Henry
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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Leonard Roberts, who plays Sean, was actually very sick when the last scenes of the "BET southern classic" were filmed, which is why he is so sweaty and looks slightly weak at the end of the film. See more »

Goofs

Marching band auditions are held at the end of band camp - traditionally at the end of summer and prior to the school's first football game. During this time, it would be much too warm in Atlanta for one's breath to be visible - even at night. See more »

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BET Announcer #2: What's up Atlanta, how y'all doing?
BET Announcer #1: What's up, ATL?
BET Announcer #2: I'm Free, y'all!
BET Announcer #1: And I'm A.J. for B.E.T.'s Top 10 Live, how y'all doing out there?
[entire stadium cheers]
BET Announcer #2: It has been an amazing night, y'all. We haven't stopped grooving since we started.
BET Announcer #1: No doubt all the bands have performed and put it down, you made it very difficult for the judges to decide...
BET Announcer #2: So hard...
BET Announcer #1: Uh...
BET Announcer #2: So hard in fact that today we have...
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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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Referenced in Tosh.0: How to Flirt Guy (2012) See more »

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Destruction
Written by Deodrick Jackson and James Riles III
Performed by Morris Brown Drumline
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Nickelodeon didn't ruin Nick Cannon
7 December 2003 | by (Gainesville, FL) – See all my reviews

Drumline is a great movie for anybody to see. I especially like it because I am a "band nerd" but that's ok. I would like it anyway; it has it's funny parts, it's serious parts, and I am still wondering how they found so many awesome drummers, (and other musicians for that matter!)

Because of this movie, I now have some respect for Nick Cannon as an actor. I'm glad he finally starred in a great movie for all ages, and is no longer confined to piece of crap kids sketch comedy shows on Nickelodeon, [which, by the way, SUCKS as of late (i.e. My life as a teenage robot, slimetime, ginger)]

Overall, great movie, great job by Nick Cannon.


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