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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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Bryan Barber

Writer:

Bryan Barber
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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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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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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

GW: At the end of the day Wilbur you ain't nothing but a thief
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Crazy Credits

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

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Edited into Armageddon in Effect (2008) See more »

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Holy Holy
Written by Jabari Winfree
Performed by Angelic Voices
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A 2 Hour Music Video
25 August 2006 | by prystalcageSee all my reviews

I saw the movie last night.

It opens beautifully. Young rooster is especially engaging and we get a sense of Percival's young life. Once we move into adulthood, the music video techniques and songs unfavorable to the story dominate. A lot of the story is there, but either because of editing or the choice of camera over story points makes the story less engaging then it could've been. It is clear that most of the actors can act, but it seems that their performances were underserved. In the end it feels like a series of music videos. Unfortunately, it is devoid of the emotion that I imagine was intended. Too, too bad...because it had such great potential.


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