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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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President Wagner
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Dorothy Miles (as Angela E. Gibbs)
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Henry
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Storyline

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

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

When Atlanta A&T and Morris Brown have the drum battle at the end, Morris Brown's quads have stands for the first cadence and the stands disappear for the second one. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Lee: Alright A&T, check up.
[the band gathers]
Dr. Lee: Okay... the radio is off now. It's time for some real music. When you get out there today, I only want you to do one thing... and that is enjoy playing with your bandmates. So what's the con...
The Band: ONE BAND, ONE SOUND!
Dr. Lee: Alright. It's showtime!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits include illustrations of the proper way to play the drum. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

I'm Scared of You
Written by Nick Cannon, Kwamé (as Kwame Holland), Clarence Hutchinson,
Ron Lawrence and Sam Sweet
Performed by Nick Cannon
(Contains elements from "Suns Gonna Shine Again"
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products)
Courtesy of Nick Records/Jive Records
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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.


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