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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

When Devon starts dancing under the bleachers to impress Laila, the water bottle that he is holding disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Charles: [a car horn makes three long blasts to indicate that Ernest is a P3] Who's that?
Jason: That's the upper-class men. They flash their lights to say what rank they think we should get. Hey Charles, what's up with your socks?
Charles: Don't worry about my socks man, it's a tuba thang shorty.
Jason: Better be.
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
Written by Edward Elgar
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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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