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Drumline (2002)

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

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

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13 December 2002 (USA)  »

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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

Nick Cannon prepared for his role by practicing in a hotel suite with his double and drummer, Jason Price, as well as sleeping with the drumsticks tied to his hands. See more »

Goofs

During the first band performance before Sean's solo performance, there is a drumstick on the ground (overhead shot: a foot away from the number 5 on the field). Once they move back the overhead shot to show Sean walking forward starting his solo, the drumstick is gone. See more »

Quotes

Sean: Snares, listen up. This last part before my solo is complicated. Pay attention.
[pulls out his sticks]
Sean: I'mma go through it slowly, so pay attention.
[plays his passage, which is being slowed down at one point]
Sean: Our first game is just about a week away, so you better step up to the learning curb quickly. So take out your sheet music -
[Devon copies Sean's rhythm]
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Spanker-Man (2017) See more »

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When the Saints Go Marching In
Written by Katharine E. Purvis and James Milton Black (as James M. Black)
Performed by Cleophus Robinson
Courtesy of Riverside Records/Fantasy, Inc.
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A fairly decent movie
11 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

One of the few times where black youths aren't portrayed as hoods, this movie proved it moved to the beat of a different drum (yes I know, bad pun). Anyway, I was pretty surprised by how well made the film was, considering there were no well known actors in the film besides Orlando Jones. This movie isn't just for band kids, it encompasses a broad spectrum of life that is actually interesting to watch. Sure, some might have considered this movie corny, but the band sequences saved any misgivings this film might have had. Watch this movie for the heck of it, because you might actually be surprised.


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