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Release Date:
13 December 2002 (USA) See more »
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A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Should've been called "Violaline" to indicate how boring it was. See more (183 total) »


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Nick Cannon ... Devon Miles

Zoe Saldana ... Laila (as Zoë Saldana)

Orlando Jones ... Dr. Lee

Leonard Roberts ... Sean Taylor

GQ ... Jayson

Jason Weaver ... Ernest

Earl Poitier ... Charles (as Earl C. Poitier)

Candace Carey ... Diedre

Shay Roundtree ... Big Rob

Miguel A. Gaetan ... Trey

J. Anthony Brown ... Mr. Wade

Afemo Omilami ... President Wagner

Angela Elayne Gibbs ... Dorothy Miles (as Angela E. Gibbs)
Tyreese Burnett ... Henry

Brandon Hirsch ... Buck Wild

Omar J. Dorsey ... James (as O'Mar J. Dorsey)
Al Wiggins ... Principal
Nicholas B. Thomas ... Pooh Bear
Petey Pablo ... Himself

Stuart Scott ... Fox Sports Commentator
Courtney James Stewart ... Student #1 (as Courtney Stewart)
Von Coulter ... Devon Miles Sr.

Jason Sims-Prewitt ... Trumpet Section Leader
George A. Peters II ... Sax Section Leader
Gary Yates ... Coach Ellison
Rob Cleveland ... Music Professor
Enoch King ... Tuba Section Leader
A.J. ... BET Announcer #1
Free ... BET Announcer #2
Reggie Gay ... Morris Brown Announcer

Ryan Cameron ... A&T Announcer

Blu Cantrell ... National Anthem Singer
Erin Brantley ... Dancer
Kiara Nicole Ely ... Dancer
Stacey A. Fann ... Dancer
Christy Gamble ... Dancer
Brianne Landry ... Dancer
Pauline S. Lewis ... Dancer
Glenda Morton ... Dancer
Shamea Morton ... Dancer
Jenear Wimbley ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tracie Wright ... Homecoming Queen

Emmy Collins ... Football Fanatic (uncredited)
Aimee Davis ... News Reporter (uncredited)

Jayson Frederick ... TV News Reporter (uncredited)
Gerrit Hamilton ... Reporter (uncredited)

Ryan Kilgore ... Drum Major (uncredited)
Grant Blanks Kristol ... Hispanic Subway Woman (uncredited)

William Palmer Jr. ... Freshman Band Member (uncredited)
Arvell Poe ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Alexis Rousseau ... Alumni (uncredited)

Steve Warren ... Press Photographer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Stone III 
Writing credits
Shawn Schepps (story)

Tina Gordon Chism (screenplay) and
Shawn Schepps (screenplay)

Produced by
Dallas Austin .... executive producer
Timothy M. Bourne .... producer
Wendy Finerman .... producer
Jody Gerson .... producer
Greg Mooradian .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Powell 
Cinematography by
Shane Hurlbut (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Patricia Bowers 
Bill Pankow 
Casting by
Aleta Chappelle 
Production Design by
Charles C. Bennett 
Art Direction by
Nicholas Scott 
Set Decoration by
Amy McGary 
Lisa 'Pike' Rincon  (as Pike Rincon)
Costume Design by
Salvador Pérez Jr.  (as Salvador Perez)
Makeup Department
Patrice Coleman .... key makeup artist
Roxanne Ferguson .... hair stylist
T.A. Henderson .... hair stylist
Dionne Pitsikoulis .... makeup artist
Charles Gregory Ross .... hair department head
Laini Thompson .... makeup department head
Linda Thompson .... key hair stylist (as Linda Clark-Thompson)
Production Management
Tom Luse .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karen Davis .... second assistant director
James J.D. Taylor .... second second assistant director: day player
Doug Torres .... first assistant director
Art Department
Taylor Bennett .... scenic charge (as Franklin T. Bennett)
Matthew Butler .... greens supervisor
Steve Dirkes .... art department coordinator
Sammy Ray Hill .... set dresser
Ellen L. Kerr .... set dresser
Mark Nave .... construction gangboss
Ann Stacy .... scenic artist
Greg Waddle .... set dresser
Chris Hunter .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Ajae Clearway .... assistant sound editor
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Dan Fulton .... apprentice sound editor (as Dan Diego Fulton)
Jim Hawkins .... production sound mixer
Douglas L. Hill .... boom operator
Mike Howells .... audio post coordinator
Erick Jolley .... commentary mixer
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... foley editor
Dan Korintus .... supervising dialogue editor
Brian Langman .... sound effects editor
Katherine Gordon Miller .... apprentice sound editor
Carol Mintz .... audio post coordinator
Mike Poppleton .... first assistant sound editor
Jacob Ribicoff .... foley editor
Jac Rubenstein .... dialogue editor
Lynn Sable .... assistant adr editor
Paul P. Soucek .... supervising sound editor
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Globerman .... ProTools operator (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joe Digaetano .... special effects coordinator
Lisa Reynolds .... special effects crew
Visual Effects by
Victor DiMichina .... visual effects coordinator
Jim Gorman .... digital compositor
Shaina Holmes .... titles
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Alfredo Ramirez .... digital composite artist: Pixel Magic
Juan Carlos Vargas .... visual effects (as Juan Vargas)
Gerard G. Williams .... stunt coordinator (as Guss Gerard Williams)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Bennett .... company grip (as William Bennett Jr.)
George Billinger III .... Steadicam operator
Robert C. Carlson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Dan Cornwall .... gaffer
Rick Crank .... electrician
Jeff Dillon .... rigging electrician
David J. Duren .... best boy rigging electric
Rusty Edmonson .... lighting technician
David Ellis .... electrician
Eddie Evans .... key grip
Tom Fendley .... electrician
Dale Fowler .... best boy electric
David Galbraith .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Daniel R. Haizlip .... best boy grip
Jos'h Hancher .... film loader
Andre Hines .... electrician
Robert Kempf .... key grip rigger
Brian J. Kronenberg .... grip (as Brian Kronenberg)
Eric Leftridge .... additional camera assistant
Tully McCulloch .... key rigging gaffer
Greg Morse .... 24 frame video operator
Myron Parran .... second assistant camera
Karen Parsons .... dimmer board operator
Kelly Price .... company grip
Bruce Robinson .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Chad Schroeder .... electrician
Billy Sherrill .... key grip
John E. Stephens .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Mike Torino .... camera loader
Mike Tyson .... rigging electrician
Grady Upchurch .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Paul Varrieur .... camera operator: "a" camera
Keith Washington .... company grip
Gary Hatfield .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Lori Maloney .... extras casting
Arvell Poe .... extras casting: background players
Edwanna Tabb .... extras casting assistant
Jessica S. Williams .... extras casting assistant
Christian Kaplan .... executive in charge of casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tyra Hughes Brisco .... seamstress
Tyra Hughes Brisco .... wardrobe
Artemio Carpio .... costumer
K. Drew Fuller .... set costumer
Daniel George .... costumer
Demetricus Holloway .... set costumer
Rhea Lowenthal .... key costumer
Nan McCulloch .... set costumer
Janet Melody .... costumer
Linda N. Robinson .... set costumer
Carol Sadler .... wardrobe supervisor
Joulles Wright .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Erin Crackel .... apprentice editor
Tom Foligno .... first assistant editor
Adam Geiger .... assistant editor
Gershon Hinkson .... assistant editor: avid
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Byron Wong .... assistant editor
Marc Wielage .... digital intermediate colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Dallas Austin .... executive music producer
Celeste Chada .... music licensing
J.C. Chasez .... composer: song "Blowin' Me Up"
Barry Cole .... music consultant
Christopher Covert .... music consultant
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Mike Knobloch .... music executive
James McKee Smith .... additional band orchestrator
Nicholas Meyers .... music editor
Alan Meyerson .... music scoring mixer
Yvonne S. Moriarty .... orchestrator
Steve Pageot .... recording engineer
Joel J. Richard .... music assistant
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Lee Scott .... music editor
Lee Scott .... production music supervisor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Sally Swisher .... source music editor
Transportation Department
Rick Kamen .... picture vehicles
Norman P. Martin .... picture vehicles
Rick Parkinson .... driver
Patricia Sammons .... driver
Ralph Strickland .... transportation (2002)
Oranz Walker .... transportation captain (as Oranz L. Walker)
Windi Robinson .... driver: cast trailer (uncredited)
Other crew
Tea Aaron .... production assistant
Ephraim Benton .... adr loop group
Chris Browne .... craft service assistant
Craig Cannold .... production accountant
Reuben Cannon .... production assistant
Angela Carroll .... assistant: Mr. Bourne (as Angela T. Carroll)
Gina Cascino .... location manager
Taryn Chilivis .... second assistant accountant
Elizabeth Cline .... set production assistant: day player )
LaSean Cross .... stand-in
Jennifer Fasano .... assistant: Ms. Gerson
Benjamin Fretheim .... production assistant
Carla Hacken .... studio executive
Jamar Hawkins .... production assistant
Michael Hendrickson .... production executive: Fox
Jalyn Henton .... office production assistant
Mark D. Houston .... assistant post-production accountant
Gail Hunter .... script supervisor
Dana Landry .... production assistant
Trina Love .... assistant: Mr. Stone
Ernie Malik .... unit publicist
Lindsay Moore .... production assistant
Brian Niemczyk .... key set production assistant
Day Permuy .... assistant production coordinator
Jackie Short .... second assistant accountant
Katie Willard Troebs .... production coordinator
Garson Yu .... title designer
Lisa Zupan .... assistant: Ms. Finerman
Chris Burns .... stand-in (uncredited)
Terry Gingles .... location production assistant (uncredited)
Joel J. Richard .... additional programmer (uncredited)
Jesse Wagler .... production assistant: yU+Co. (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for innuendo and language
118 min
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Did You Know?

Da Brat was considered for the role of Diedre.See more »
Continuity: When Devon starts dancing under the bleachers to impress Laila, the water bottle that he is holding disappears between shots.See more »
Dr. Lee:It's showtime!See more »
Movie Connections:
When the Saints Go Marching InSee more »


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10 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Should've been called "Violaline" to indicate how boring it was., 17 April 2003
Author: ianrey from Albuquerque, NM

I'm a former band guy, and watched this movie knowing how cheesy and foumulaic it would be, but I assumed I would enjoy it the way my wife, a former cheerleader, enjoyed "Bring It On." Nope. There's nothing enjoyable about this movie. The story was cliche, the characters were stock, the direction was amateur, the situation was ludicrous, and the music and marching were a joke. I kind of thought they'd use, or at least model themselves after, real SWAC or MEAC bands and players, but the music sequences, which should have been equivalent to the game sequences in sports movies or the performance sequences in arts movies (e.g. Fame, Center Stage, Bring It On - kinda), were so low quality they were laughable. 20 High Schools in my state could have easily won that competition, and every drum corp except maybe the Troopers. There was some special attention given to, can you believe it, the drum line, but ultimately, the sequences were boring and monotonous, and the cadences rudimentary and annoying. Since the story was utterly predictable, let me rate the performances in this movie, using BOA scoring:

Music Performance Individual: 12/20 - The closeups were the best part, and Devon was good enough to be in my college percussion section - on cymbals. Music Performance Ensemble: 5/20 - One band, one awful sound. They couldn't even play a Bb scale in tune. Seriously. Visual Performance Individual: 5/20 - Hey, Devon? Tick, Tick, Tick... Visual Performance Ensemble: 3/20 - Straight lines are not that hard to maintain when you stand still for 5 minutes.. Maybe you guys should be introduced to a thing called "Marching". In a few years we'll move on to another thing called "Drill Design." Music GE: 15/40 - Dr. Lee, let me introduce you to a thing called a "Theme". There's nothing wrong with quick cheers and fanfares in the stands being based on hip-hop, but you may have noticed that the melodic lines of most contemporary hip-hop tunes are not exactly ever-changing. In The Stone was cutting edge about 20 years ago, but now every high school band plays it. Visual GE: 4/20. Atrocious dancing, flat footed marching, no concept to the shows at all. While we're doing Band 101, there's a new concept called "Color Guard" you may want to look into.

Total score: 44/100. OK, so maybe I was too stingy: there are at least 50 bands in NM that could beat that score.

Oh, one comment made by another user I agree with wholeheartedly: UCLA sucks. Fight on, brother.

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