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Writer (WGA):
Bryan Barber (written by)
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Release Date:
25 August 2006 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

André Benjamin ... Percival Jenkins

Big Boi ... Rooster (as Antwan A. Patton)

Paula Patton ... Angel Davenport

Terrence Howard ... Trumpy

Faizon Love ... Sunshine Ace

Malinda Williams ... Zora

Cicely Tyson ... Mother Hopkins

Macy Gray ... Taffy

Ben Vereen ... Percy Senior

Paula Jai Parker ... Rose

Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Young Rooster

Patti LaBelle ... The Real Angel Davenport

Ving Rhames ... Spats

Jackie Long ... Monk S. Dupois

Oscar Dillon ... Bobo
Jalil Jay Lynch ... Cliff

Esau McGraw ... Sonny
Bruce Bruce ... Nathan
Bre'Wan Waddell ... Young Percival
Carol Mitchell-leon ... Auntie Belle (as Carol Mitchell Leon)

China Anderson ... Rooster's Daughter
Isis Faust ... Rooster's Daughter

Kyra Freeman ... Rooster's Daughter
Kabrina Truesdale ... Rooster's Daughter
Rodney Johnson ... Fatts

Fonzworth Bentley ... The Flask (voice) (as Farnsworth Bentley)

Bryan Barber ... Photographer
Cynthia Covington Blash ... Landlady
Cali Casino ... Stagehand
Kevin Rowe ... Stagehand
Lillian Jones ... Stiffed Whore
Lakesha Lee ... Wailing Mourner
Charlie Lucas ... Cap
Angelo Moore ... Band Director (as Angelo Christopher Moore)

Bill Nunn ... GW

Afemo Omilami ... Walter
Liwaza Green ... Fine Woman

Eva La Dare ... Eva the Fire Diva (as Karen Dyer)
Annalisia Simone ... Honey Bun

Jennifer D. Johnson ... Nan (as Jennifer Johnson)
Autavia Bailey ... Coco
Ilia Jessica Castro ... Bobbi (as Jessica Castro)
Kenna Michelle Morris ... Sandi (as Kenna Morris)

Stephanie Moseley ... China
Debra Killings ... Angel (singing voice)
Quinn Bass ... Swop Dancer
Torya Beard ... Swop Dancer
Jennifer Edmonds ... Swop Dancer
Ryan Francois ... Swop Dancer
Edgar Godineaux ... Swop Dancer
Terrance Harrison ... Swop Dancer
Micah James ... Swop Dancer

Erika T. Johnson ... Swop Dancer
Janice Lorraine ... Swop Dancer
Chanel Malvar ... Swop Dancer
Marielys Molina ... Swop Dancer
Adesola A. Osakalumi ... Swop Dancer (as Adesola Osakalumi)
Henry 'Chopper' Platt ... Swop Dancer (as Henry Platt)

Danielle Polanco ... Swop Dancer
Carlos Sierra ... Swop Dancer

Ivan 'Flipz' Velez ... Swop Dancer

Nadine Ellis ... Church Dancer
Elton Laron ... Church Dancer

Tracie Burton ... Church Dancer
Ayesha Orange ... Church Dancer
Josette Wiggan ... Church Dancer

Jason Samuels Smith ... Church Dancer

Victoria Gracie ... Church Dancer (as Victoria Parsons)
Dannon Bryant ... Church Dancer

Sleepy Brown ... Syncopated Church Orchestra (as Patrick "Sleepy" Brown)
Norwood Fisher ... Syncopated Church Orchestra (as John Norwood Fisher)
Kevin Kendrick ... Syncopated Church Orchestra
John Dexter Steward Jr. ... Syncopated Church Orchestra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chloe Arnold ... Tap Dancer (uncredited)

Dabier ... Voice-Over (uncredited)

Raquel Horsford ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Nadyia Jones ... Chicago Showgirl (uncredited)

J. Lee ... Band Member (uncredited)

Tiara Parker ... Show Girl (uncredited)

Tia Robinson ... Showgirl (uncredited)

Ben Solenberger ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bryan Barber 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Bryan Barber (written by)

Produced by
Bryan Barber .... co-producer
André Benjamin .... co-producer
Big Boi .... co-producer (as Antwan A. Patton)
Erika Conner .... co-producer
William Green .... executive producer
Robert Guralnick .... producer
Scott Macaulay .... executive producer
Robin O'Hara .... executive producer
Kimberly Rach .... line producer
Charles Roven .... producer
Blue Williams .... co-producer (as Michael 'Blue' Williams)
 
Original Music by
John Debney 
 
Cinematography by
Pascal Rabaud (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anne Goursaud 
 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
 
Production Design by
Charles William Breen  (as Charles Breen)
 
Art Direction by
Gary Diamond 
 
Set Decoration by
Marthe Pineau 
 
Costume Design by
Shawn Barton 
 
Makeup Department
Coni Andress .... additional hair stylist
Deborah Ball .... hair stylist
Bernadette Beauvais .... makeup artist
Wendy Bell .... additional makeup artist
Shutchai Tym Buacharern .... key makeup artist (as Tym Shutchai Buacharern)
Susan Buffington .... additional hair stylist
Cynthia L. Chapman .... additional hair stylist
Rebecca DeHerrera .... makeup artist
George Robert Fuller .... hair stylist: Ms. LaBelle
David Halsey .... additional hair stylist
Linda Kamp .... key makeup artist
Miia Kovero .... hair stylist
Veronica Lorenz .... key makeup artist
Patricia McAlhany Glasser .... hair stylist
Mike Mekash .... tattoo makeup artist
Sandra S. Orsolyak .... additional makeup artist (as Sandra Orsolyak-Allen)
Wynona Price .... makeup artist: Mr. Rhames (as Wynona Y. Price)
Charles Gregory Ross .... department head hair
Charles Gregory Ross .... head hair stylist (as Charles Gregory)
Derrick Rutledge .... makeup artist: Ms. LaBelle
Keith Sayer .... makeup artist
Rebecca Schwedner .... key makeup artist
Joan Shay .... hair stylist
Yvette Shelton .... key hair stylist
Rea Ann Silva .... head makeup artist (as Reaann Silva)
Linda Thompson .... hair stylist (as Linda Clark-Thompson)
Denise Tunnell .... additional makeup artist
Bernard Williams .... additional hair stylist
Marylin Lee .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Laini Thompson .... makeup department head (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Elizabeth Fox .... post-production supervisor
Ana S. Pelaez .... assistant production supervisor
Lisa Rodgers .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christian Clarke .... assistant director
Barbara D'Alessandro .... first assistant director: second unit
Barbara D'Alessandro .... second assistant director
Steve Danton .... first assistant director
Timothy Feimster .... second assistant director
Terry Ham .... second assistant director
Bradley Morris .... second second assistant director
Thomas Parris .... second assistant director: second unit (as Thomas G. Parris)
Thomas Parris .... second second assistant director (as Thomas G. Parris)
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... second unit director
Jonathan Starch .... first assistant director (as Jonathan C. Starch)
 
Art Department
Kip Bartlett .... assistant property master
Scott Buckwald .... property master
Cosmas A. Demetriou .... set designer
Joshua L. Ellsworth .... propmaker
Patrick Fuhrman .... set dresser
Joe Golz .... propmaker
Trevor Goring .... storyboard artist
Collin Grant .... storyboard artist
Beejay Grob .... set buyer
George W. Harding III .... set dresser (as George Harding III)
Kevin Hardison .... set designer
Frank J. Hart .... propmaker
Kenneth Heimer .... propmaker: reshoots
Chester Lee Henderson Jr. .... set dresser
Chris Holcombe .... scenic artist
Stacey Keffer .... plasterer
Doug Kelejian .... painter
Brian Kontz .... painter
Andy Krish .... leadman
Jeffrey Kushon .... set decorator: additional photography
Rebecca Leonard .... signwriter
Alicia Lowe .... art department coordinator
Donnie MacDonald .... second props
Alton McClellan .... on-set scenic
Rick Mobbs .... scenic artist
William Scot Noonan .... propmaker
James F. Oñate .... scenic foreman
Tim Pope .... buyer
Miles S. Richman .... lead painter
Kevin Rowe .... stagehand
Greg Sanger .... leadman: Los Angeles
Jeffrey Schlatter .... construction coordinator
Michael Shapiro .... set dresser
Brian Stultz .... head scenic artist
Ronnie Taylor .... propmaker
Daniel Turk .... construction coordinator: Los Angeles
Scott D. Warner .... propmaker
Chris Crowder .... foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ulrika Akander .... supervising dialogue editor
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Vincent Cirilli .... ProTools engineer
Greg Crawford .... adr recordist: Atlanta
Brian Dunlop .... foley editor
David Esparza .... sound effects editor
Eric Flickinger .... sound recordist
Cameron Frankley .... sound designer
Cameron Frankley .... supervising sound editor
Laura Graham .... supervising adr editor
Tim Hays .... sound: Idlewild Blue Music Video
William Jacobs .... sound effects editor
Jason W. Jennings .... sound effects editor
Ryan Juggler .... supervising foley editor (as Ryan B. Juggler)
David Kelson .... sound mixer
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Jason King .... sound effects editor
Ai-Ling Lee .... sound effects editor
Larry Long .... sound mixer
Laura Macias .... foley artist
Jon Michaels .... assistant sound editor
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
Angelo Palazzo .... sound effects editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Karen Spangenberg .... adr editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Shawn Sykora .... foley editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Thomas Whiting .... adr editor
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
 
Special Effects by
David Beavis .... special effects coordinator (as Dave Beavis)
Susan Beavis .... special effects buyer
Douglas Calli .... special effects technician
Phil H. Fravel .... special effects technician
David Hill .... special effects technician
Michael J. Hudson .... special effects technician (as Michael Hudson)
Mike Hudson .... special effects technician
William Purcell .... special effects foreman
William Purcell .... special effects leadman (as William Aaron Purcell)
Will Wagner .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Gary Abrahamian .... animation lead: CIS Hollywood
Christine Albers .... 2D supervisor: Frantic Films
Jared Barber .... animator
Miguel Bautista .... digital compositor
Jamie Baxter .... digital compositor: Eden Films
Chris Bond .... visual effects supervisor
Jason Booth .... digital compositor
Jayni Borgaro .... paint and roto artist: CIS Hollywood
David Brandt .... CG supervisor
Brent Breedveld .... lead animator
Matt Broeska .... 3D supervisor: Frantic Films
Nicholas Brooks .... digital compositor
Scott Callison .... 3D animator
Tim Carras .... digital compositor
John Cassella .... CG artist: CIS Hollywood
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Donnie Creighton .... digital intermediate assistant producer
Peter Crosman .... visual effects supervisor
Andrea D'Amico .... visual effects executive producer: Eden FX
Eric Dehaven .... digital compositor
Karin Eunson-Ross .... visual effects producer: Frantic Films (as Karin Ross)
David Fox .... visual effects production manager: Frantic Films
Amy Garback .... CG artist: CIS Hollywood
Corey Garnett .... systems: CIS Hollywood
Kert Gartner .... compositor: Frantic Films
Larry Gaynor .... senior paint and roto: CIS Hollywood
John F. Gross .... visual effects supervisor: Eden FX (as John Gross)
Kristien Hamilton .... visual effects producer
Chris Harvey .... digital artist
Joe Henke .... animation supervisor: CIS Hollywood
Bryan Hirota .... visual effects supervisor: CIS Hollywood
Sasha Houdek .... animation producer
Mark Intravartolo .... compositor
Patrick Kavanaugh .... compositor: CIS Hollywood
Patrick Kavanaugh .... digital effects supervisor: CIS Hollywood
Anne Kim .... digital compositor
Sean Konrad .... digital compositor
Terence Krueger .... visual effects
Tom Leckie .... digital compositor
Diane Macke .... project manager: efilm
Lisa Maher .... visual effects producer: CIS Hollywood
Allan McKay .... visual effects
Diana Miao .... color and lighting supervisor: CIS Hollywood
David R. Morton .... lead visual effects artist: Eden Films (as Dave Morton)
Alex Murtaza .... lighting artist
Naveen Nathan .... junior systems: CIS Hollywood
Anita Naufal .... visual effects
Julia Neighly .... visual effects coordinator: CIS Hollywood (as Julia Gaudette)
Julia Neighly .... visual effects production manager: CIS Hollywood (as Julia Gaudette)
Elad Offer .... lead Inferno artist: Money Shots
Elad Offer .... visual effects supervisor: Money Shots
Chris Pember .... visual effects artist: Frantic Films
Eric Pender .... CG artist: CIS Hollywood
Liz Ralston .... visual effects producer
Chris Ryan .... CG artist: CIS Hollywood
Jeff Sargent .... digital compositor
Nobuteru Sasagawa .... digital artist
Sean M. Scott .... digital artist: Eden Films (as Sean Scott)
Michael Shand .... visual effects supervisor: Frantic Films (as Mike Shand)
Danita Slaughter .... digital opticals editor
George Taylor .... 3D tracker: Frantic Films
George Taylor .... compositor
John Teska .... digital effects supervisor
John Teska .... lead visual effects artist: Eden Films
Allen Tracy .... visual effects coordinator: Frantic Films
Yves Tremblay .... digital compositor
Sarah Vinson .... visual effects coordinator
Jason Wardle .... lead CGI artist: CIS Hollywood
Diana Marie Wells .... digital artist (as Diana M. Wells)
Blair Werschler .... 3D lighting and rendering artist: Frantic Films
Chad Wiebe .... visual effects: Frantic Films
Carl Willat .... animation supervisor
Yuji Yagasaki .... lead CG artist: Money Shots
Kyle Yamamoto .... research and development programmer: CIS Hollywood
Tetsuo Yoshida .... Inferno artist: Money Shots
Genevieve Yue .... visual effects producer
Ken Zorniak .... visual effects producer: Frantic Films
Matt Ashton .... senior systems: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
Conrad Dueck .... CGI supervisor: Frantic Films (uncredited)
Donald Fly .... general manager: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
Jeremy Lang .... head of information technology: Custom Film Effects (uncredited)
Jinwoo Lee .... organic modeler: rooster (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Neil Castles Jr. .... stunt driver
John Copeman .... stunt rigger
Thomas Dewier .... stunts
Kevin Dyer .... utility stunts
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunt double
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunt coordinator
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Larnell Stovall .... stunt double: Big Boi
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Raymond Benthall .... electrician: rigging
Don Bixby .... gaffer
Katherine M. Butler .... first assistant camera
Simon Carey .... gaffer: still shoot
Scott Crabbe .... digital video assist operator
Joe D'Alessandro .... camera operator: "b" camera
Chris Dambra .... best boy rigging electric
Collin Davis .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Scott Frye .... grip
Gary Hatfield .... additional photographer: insert unit
James Hawkinson .... director of photography: additional photography
Matt Heath .... assistant camera
Rob Hill .... grip
Adam Hinson .... rigging gaffer
Kevin Huver .... camera intern
Doug Hyun .... still photographer
Jacques Jouffret .... Steadicam operator
Roy Knauf .... additional assistant camera
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator: additional photography
Dan Kneece .... camera operator: "b" camera, additional photography
Robert LaBonge .... director of photography: second unit
Kevin Martinek .... camera intern
Matt Mosher .... cinematographer: screen tests
Ritchie Nannini .... grip
Alan Newcomb .... second assistant camera: second unit
Neal Norton .... Steadicam operator
Cristiano Palermi .... gaffer: second unit
Harrison Palmer .... rigging grip
Jesse Wayne Parker .... key grip
Sacha Riviere .... first assistant Steadicam
Christian Satrazemis .... assistant camera
Derek Smith .... camera operator: second unit
Dave Spencer .... grip
John R. Sutton .... best boy rigger
Michael Tackett .... still photographer
David J. Thompson .... Steadicam operator
Dan Turek .... first assistant camera
Paul Varrieur .... camera operator: "a" camera
Sean Yaple .... additional assistant camera
Langston York .... additional electrician (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Brett Magnuson .... animator: Hero Motion Pictures (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
McLean Alley .... principal casting associate
Marty Cherrix .... location casting (as Marty Keener Cherrix)
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Regina McLeod .... extras casting director
Micah 'Checka' Noble .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Battistelli .... set costumer
Allison Biggar .... wardrobe assistant
Anthony Franco .... assistant costume designer
Karen Keyes .... set costumer
Keva Keyes .... additional set costumer
Lorraine Alexis Mahru Toomey .... costumer (as Lorraine Alexis Mahru)
B.J. Rogers .... costume supervisor
Keith Taylor .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Steve Bowen .... digital color timer
Rick J. Brown .... colorist: dailies (as Rick Brown)
Jessica Cardinale .... post-production coordinator
David Checel .... additional editor
Richard Conkling .... first assistant editor
Scott Freeman .... avid technician
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
John Paul Horstmann .... first assistant editor
James Knight .... post-production supervisor: Crawford Post Production (as James G.H. Knight)
Sarah Lucky .... editorial assistant
Gregory White .... dailies
 
Music Department
Wolfgang Amadeus .... electronic score engineer
Wolfgang Amadeus .... electronic scoring mixer
André Benjamin .... music supervisor (as Andre 3000)
Frank Bennett .... additional orchestrator (as Frank Bennet)
Big Boi .... music supervisor
Jeff Carson .... scoring music editor
Vincent Cirilli .... music digital recordist
Bryan Clements .... scoring crew
John Debney .... conductor
Lola Debney .... score coordinator
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer (as Bobby Fernandez)
Robert Fernandez .... score recordist (as Bobby Fernandez)
Mark Graham .... music preparation
Jim Harrison .... music editor
Scott Hosfeld .... musician
Kevin Kaska .... additional orchestrator
Kevin Kendrick .... additional source music
Evyen Klean .... music consultant (as Evyen J. Klean)
Greg Loskorn .... scoring technician
Adam Michalak .... score recordist
Melanie Mullens Hoyson .... score production supervisor
Bryan Pezzone .... musician: piano
Paul Rabjohns .... supervising music editor
Jennifer Reeve .... music coordinator
Julie Sessing .... music clearance
David Sheats .... source music re-mixer (as Cutmaster Swiff)
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Matthew Rush Sullivan .... production music supervisor
Mike Watts .... additional orchestrator
Peter Erskine .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Larry Wayne Boswell .... picture car coordinator
Neil Castles Jr. .... picture car coordinator
Ty Church .... transportation coordinator
Jenny Elsinger .... driver
Brett Leslie .... driver
Mark McNeill .... transportation captain
Greg Stancil .... driver
Sonya Tomaro .... driver
 
Other crew
Tammy Arnold .... dialect coach
Laura Bartlett .... studio teacher
Hinton Battle .... choreographer
Ryan Bennett .... production assistant
Susan J. Bonno-Buckner .... co-accountant
Jen Brett .... production secretary
Zack Brown .... assistant: Mr. Roven (as Zach Brown)
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... production legal services
Sasha Charlemagne .... assistant: Ms. O'Hara & Mr. Macaulay
Justin Chien .... helicopter pilot: camera, aerial unit
Eugene Cotto .... assistant: Ving Rhames
Christopher C. Courter .... assistant to producers
Joseph A. Covas .... location assistant
Rose Cox .... key craft service
Raz Cunningham .... assistant to producers
Tami D'Addio .... dance coordinator
Benedict Fancy .... location assistant
Julian J. Filiberti .... head of background
Philippe Gallichet .... chef
Edgar Godineaux .... second assistant choreographer
Chris Grest .... production assistant: second unit
A.W. Gryphon .... production consultant (as Allison Wilke)
Ben Hammock .... set production assistant
Bass Hampton .... assistant location manager
Eleanor Hemingway .... production coordinator
Starlotte Smith Holguin .... production assist: Hinton Battle (as Starlotte Dawn Smith)
Marybeth Kelly .... clearances
Marybeth Kelly .... product placement
Jason Allen King .... production assistant
Micheal Edward King .... production assistant
Connie Kunz .... co-first assistant accountant
Andrew L. Lanier .... location manager
Katarzyna 'Kait' Malec .... production assistant
Tracy A. Martin .... production assistant
Lori C. Miller .... title designer
Khanya Mkhize .... adr loop group
Tamra Natisin .... set production assistant
Eleanor Nichols .... production coordinator
Koko Ntuen .... assistant to producers
Brian J. O'Connell .... production assistant
Maria Torres O'Connor .... assistant choreographer (as Maria Torres)
Elad Offer .... title designer
Jennifer Opresnick .... script supervisor
Joseph Palmer .... assistant: Mr. Roven
George A. Parker .... technical supervisor: preview
Carole Peterman .... payroll accountant (as Carole J. Sanders)
Tarah Phillippi .... second assistant accountant
Kenneth Price .... production assistant
Karen Roberts .... production accountant
Brad Robinson .... production assistant
Valerie N. Robinson .... production assistant
Craig Rogers .... assistant location manager
Alicia Rudd .... animal wrangler
Nicholas Ryan Rumpf .... production assistant
Craig Sanborn .... location assistant
Ryan Schaetzle .... location scout
Jason J. Scott .... production assistant
Rebecca Thornell .... clearance
Bridgetta Tomarchio .... assistant to producers
Kathryn Francis Tucker .... production assistant
Chanda Venable .... production intern
Ka-Ron Om Vereen .... executive assistant: Mr. Barber
Chad Wheeler .... set production assistant
Rayshelle Willis .... first assistant accountant
Stephanie Yeager .... production assistant
Maryjane Layani .... production accountant: CIS Hollywood ) (uncredited)
André B. Walker .... stand-in: Ben Vereen (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Sharlene Falls .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity and language
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121 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Percival Jenkins:You ain't said nothing slick to a can of oil.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Lady Sings the Blues (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
Drunken RoosterSee more »

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31 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
IDLEWILD - a film for people that love the cinema, 8 December 2006
Author: zanity from UK

There is a very good reason that films in general are getting significantly worse in every quality. Why? Because in our time, when a film is made that is intelligent or creative in some significant way, it is usually ripped to pieces by critics and the general audience, teaching 'Hollywood' a lesson that they take to heart all too well.

Idlewild is a first rate musical, and feast for the eyes. Like 'Running Scared (2006)', the director believes that there is no reason a movie made in the 21st century should not benefit from all the options modern film technology offers (and no, I don't mean the visual rubbish that assaults the eyes in recent Tony Scott efforts). However, the state-of-the-art methods are used strictly in the service of 'old fashioned' film entertainment values, and this seemingly 'insults' the 'too cool for school' types, for whom enjoyment seems to be the last reason to pay to see a movie.

The actors are great, the acting is fine, and the production values are top notch. The story is a little clichéd, and as a result, the writer does seem to have cut-n-pasted from various familiar sources. However, this is a very minor criticism in a film that uses music as much as the spoken word to tell a story.

While the music is (mostly) contemporary, it was written with the aim of slotting into a (fantasy) period drama, and does so beautifully. While many of the performers may seem to have a 'rap' background, if this puts you off seeing Idlewild you are seriously misjudging the creativity and range of their talent.

Some may claim the film is a little 'tame', but a much better description is 'inclusive'. In other words, Idlewild really wants to reach and impress a wide audience, and it is a great pity that this doesn't seem to have happened yet.

Idlewild is a sexy sophisticated 'feelgood' musical- a vanity project for OutKast no doubt, but also a wonderful treat for those that value todays's rarest treasure, a new movie worth making the effort to see.

By the way Idlewild is NOT 'one long music video' (and I'm hard placed to see such comments as 'innocent' given the power of this lie to put people off seeing the movie). So forget any fear of 'opera' (like Evita where everything is sung) or MTV masquerading as a film. This is a HBO production, like Deadwood or the Sopranos, and that means quality first, especially the quality of the dramatic presentation. However, although Idlewild is an 'adult' film (thank heaven- the PG13 sludge is killing me), it lacks the extreme and explicit content of many of HBO's TV productions, so may be safely viewed by more 'sensitive' types.

If you watch a lot of films, and have no greater pleasure than finding an unexpected gem, give Idlewild a go. It really is 'the one that got away'.

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