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Drumline (2002)

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

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

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13 December 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,604,705, 15 December 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$56,398,162, 27 April 2003
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Trivia

While Morris Brown is a real college in Atlanta, there is no real Atlanta A&T. The filming was done at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta and at Morris Brown. The performers (aside from those from Morris Brown) were recruited from high school and university bands all over the Atlanta and Metro Atlanta area. High school band director Don Roberts was recruited to turn the performers into real, convincing bands. See more »

Goofs

During some part of the movie, when Dr. Lee begins conducting the band at a performance, his hands are conducting beat four, when the band is playing on beat one. See more »

Quotes

Devon: How about we start over?
Laila: I'd like that.
[extends hand to Devon]
Devon: I'm Devon.
Laila: Laila.
[shakes hands with Devon]
Devon: So what's your major?
Laila: Dance.
Devon: Give me a hug.
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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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Trash Talk
Written by Deodrick Jackson and Jason Price
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Entertaining!!!
17 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

If you are a person that actually can go to a movie and simply enjoy it for the fun and a new experience, then you will love Drumline. It's a great movie that will enlighten many Americans as to the type of "marching bands" that have been the highlight of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) football games for decades. Do not go to this movie and expect to see the standard kind of band that graces the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade every year. Be prepared to see and understand the concept of band according to America's HBCU's- I guarantee, if you haven't seen it before, it will blow your mind.


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