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Drumline (2002)

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

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Laila (as Zoë Saldana)
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Ernest
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Charles (as Earl C. Poitier)
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Big Rob
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Trey
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Mr. Wade
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President Wagner
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Dorothy Miles (as Angela E. Gibbs)
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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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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

One of the bands performing in the "BET Southern Classic" was Grambling State University's Tiger Marching Band in Grambling, Louisiana, home of the legendary Coach Eddie Robinson. See more »

Goofs

During the first football game, the track is wet/dry between shots as the band marches on the field. See more »

Quotes

Sean: Congratulations, you're not crabs anymore. Now you're crab drummers. And tonight, is tree-shaking eliminations, which will determine who will become A&T drummers. So tonight, celebrate, because you made it through training.
[band celebrates]
Sean: Whoa, whoa...
[band gets back into position]
Sean: after, you prove a thorough knowledge of the rule book. What is mandatory of all A&T musicians?
[points to Jason]
Jason: All A&T musicians must read music.
Sean: When can a P2 or a P3 challenge for a spot on the field?
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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 »

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References Space Jam (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Destruction
Written by Deodrick Jackson and James Riles III
Performed by Morris Brown Drumline
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Audience of two
2 February 2007 | by (the Local Fluff) – See all my reviews

For those who have ever marched snare, the talent on display in this movie is truly amazing. Aficianados can appreciate the tight flams, rolls, high sticking...but beware, the constant tug of war between "the line" versus "showboating" is nothing' but Hollywood drama because every experienced snare drummer knows nothing is sweeter than when ten snares sound like one because it only takes one weak link to muddy the sound.

Did I pay attention to the rest of this movie? Well, no. So I can't honestly comment about anything else other than the drum line. But then again isn't this what the movie is about because that's what I'm all about!


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