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Idlewild (2006)

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A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player ... See full summary »



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Rooster (as Antwan A. Patton)


A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player and partner Percival must choose between his love, Angel or his obligations to his father. Written by CCC

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Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

My Life in Idlewild  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,745,780 (USA) (25 August 2006)


$12,549,485 (USA) (29 September 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally Idlewild was written as a music video treatment, until the success of their album "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" encouraged them to expand it into a feature film. The film was going to premiere on HBO but it was ultimately decided to release it in theaters. See more »


During the first big song sung by Big Boi, the camera is on Andre playing the piano. A few seconds later, you see Big Boi dancing around the stage, but there is no one at the piano. See more »


Flask: Well, you know how that old saying goes, 'What goes around, comes around'!
Rooster: What do you know? You just a stupid-ass flask anyway.
Flask: Stupid? You're the one talking to a flask.
Rooster: I gotta stop drinkin' this shit.
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Crazy Credits

The credits play over a musical dance number by Percival See more »


Featured in HBO First Look: Idlewild (2006) See more »


She Slowly Lives in My Lap
Written by André Benjamin
Performed by Outkast
Courtesy of LaFace Records/Zomba Label Group
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This movie is fun.
4 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is a highly stylized slice of life. As usual, reading through the comments left here, I'm finding that many just can't leave their pretense at the door. It would seem that any film with an all African-American cast set in the American south is required to beat us over the head with an idea we are all (I would hope) aware of. ie; Jim Crow sucked. Instead, this film simply portrays people with hopes and dreams, faults and virtues, capable of love and hate, good and evil. in other words, people. Not "black people". That was refreshing. (and, IMHO, a far stronger statement than one could ever make through heavy-handed symbolism) Is the film perfect? Far from it. The plot is in many ways pedestrian. The film telegraphs plot twists rather than foreshadowing them. However, are there flashes of brilliance? Good Lord yes. These are two astonishingly talented men (Andre and Big Boi) and simply as a showcase for that talent, this film succeeds. If you just sit down and let the film wash over you, you will enjoy. If you over-think, and ask it to be something it isn't, you won't. It's that simple.

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