Idlewild (2006)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Musical  |  25 August 2006 (USA)
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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 »


References Cabin in the Sky (1943) See more »


The Bridge
Written by Paul Rabjohns
Performed by Paul Rabjohns and Larry Lunetta
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User Reviews

music/dancing - brilliant. plot - not so great.
26 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had been excited about seeing this movie for months since seeing the trailer. I love musicals and this looked to be really promising. In some ways, it completely lived up to its expectations and in others, it failed miserably. If you are interested in the musical aspect of it, it's brilliant. The dancing is good, the characters incorporate the songs with their personal lives and these scenes are a lot of fun to watch. One of the best production numbers is at the very end. The special effects are fun to watch and the cinematography is very well done. The show gets off to a fun start and the characters look promising. Yet, as they age, something gets lost. The story line between Percival and Angel was the only one I found natural and plausible. Rooster has little interaction with his wife which makes that storyline hard to believe and Trumpy's character comes out of no where and tries, unsuccessfully, to run the show. It was interesting to see the members of Outkast in such different roles, especial Percival. The movie was entertaining and I would sit through the boring parts again any time to see how brilliant the dancing and music was.

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