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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 »

Director:

Bryan Barber

Writer:

Bryan Barber
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Life in Idlewild See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The working title was Speakerboxxx, after Outkast's 2003 album. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Percival Jenkins: You ain't said nothing slick to a can of oil.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Lady Sings the Blues (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days Are Here Again
Written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen
Performed by Leo Reisman & His Orchestra
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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This movie is fun.
4 September 2006 | by mvegas893-1See 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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