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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rooster (as Antwan A. Patton)
Sunshine Ace
Monk S. Dupois


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$5,745,780, 27 August 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,549,485, 1 October 2006
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally written as a music video. The success of the album "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" encouraged Outkast to expand it into a feature film. It was going to premiere on HBO, but was ultimately released in theaters. See more »


Rooster's first big song starts with the camera on Percival playing the piano. A few seconds later, Rooster dances around the stage and no one is at the piano. See more »


Percival Jenkins: You ain't said nothing slick to a can of oil.
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The credits play over a musical dance number by Percival See more »


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Written by André Benjamin, Big Boi (as Antwan "Big Boi" Patton), Kevin Kendrick,
Sleepy Brown (as Patrick Brown), Myrna Brown
Performed by Outkast
Courtesy of LaFace Records/Zomba Label Group
Debra Killings appears courtesy of Verity Records/Zomba Label Group
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Terrific Escapist Entertainment
29 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

We think this movie was just great fun. It is a bit chopped up, but that's a minor problem. Choreography is tight and excellent; music is deleriously hip. Casting and acting was a big plus - stellar performances all around. Cecily Tyson is such a master - adds richness to even the smallest role. Don't agree that we'll see award nominations here though. Directing could have been much much better. The Director failed this exceptional cast - but we're happy that the film was made. We felt like the screenplay could have been written for this cast, and the juxtaposition of rap music over 1930's rhythm worked in a crisp and welcome way. We never tire of those old cars, clothes and styles, but we're grateful for all of this "new" talent and exceptional music. WELL worth the time!

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