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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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Buck Wild
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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

While Morris Brown is a real college in Atlanta, there is no real Atlanta A&T. The filming was done at Clark 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 one of the performance scenes there is a shot of the whole drum line and it shows that some of the snare players are playing with quad sticks rather than snare sticks. See more »

Quotes

President Wagner: "The beginning is always today," one of my favorite quotes.
Dr. Lee: President Wagner, what a pleasant surprise.
President Wagner: So what exciting new beginnings can we look forward to this year?
Dr. Lee: Well, for the most part, I'll still continue with the overall direction of the program.
President Wagner: That direction is a losing one.
Dr. Lee: I don't think we can measure the amount of success in our program by the number of people shaking their butts on the stands. And no, we didn't win the B.E.T. Classic. But our first obligation is to educate and...
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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

Spoofed in Robot Chicken: Easter Basket (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Discipline
Written by Demetrius Hubert and Keith Sailor
Performed by A&T Drumline (The Senate)
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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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