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Stomp the Yard (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 12 January 2007 (USA)
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After the death of his brother, an expert street dancer goes to Georgia to attend Truth University. But his efforts to get an education and woo the girl he likes are sidelined when he joins... See full summary »

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Sylvain White

Writers:

Robert Adetuyi (screenplay), Gregory Ramon Anderson (earlier screenplay) (as Gregory Anderson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Columbus Short ... DJ
Meagan Good ... April
Ne-Yo ... Rich Brown
Darrin Dewitt Henson ... Grant (as Darrin Henson)
Brian White ... Sylvester
Laz Alonso ... Zeke
Valarie Pettiford ... Jackie
Jermaine Williams ... Noel
Allan Louis ... Dr. Palmer
Harry Lennix ... Nate
Chris Brown ... Duron
Oliver Ryan Best Oliver Ryan Best ... Easy
Duain Richmond ... Mark (as Richmond Duain Martyn)
Justin Hires ... Byron
Sahr Ngaujah ... Harold
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Storyline

After the death of his brother, an expert street dancer goes to Georgia to attend Truth University. But his efforts to get an education and woo the girl he likes are sidelined when he joins in his fraternity's effort to win a step dancing competition. Written by Somone.

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Beyond pride. Beyond rivalry. Beyond tradition. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, some sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Steppin' See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,876,318, 14 January 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$61,356,221

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,511,123
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Production Co:

Rainforest Films See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The scene in which Duron tags a billboard to read "The future is ours" is a reference to a scene in the 1995 French film "La Haine." See more »

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When April goes to the frat house to confront DJ she has only her car keys in her hand. However, as she enters the house she is holding a shoulder bag. See more »

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Zeke: Wolves!
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Pop, Lock & Drop It
Written by Huey (as Lawrence Franks Jr.) & D'Andre Smith
Performed by Huey
Published by Huey Records Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Jive Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Dance 10, Story 4
20 May 2007 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

STOMP THE YARD comes as a pleasant surprise to those of us who have yet to be introduced to 'stepping' - a sport/dance form that is not break dancing, not hip-hop, not modern dance, not clogging, not ballet, but instead is an exhilarating display of rhythm, physical dexterity, and creative choreography that makes this little film well worth watching.

The story is minimal and hackneyed and serves basically as an outline for the dance performances. DJ (the enormously talented dancer/actor Columbus Short) is sent from Los Angeles to Atlanta's Truth University after his conviction for street brawling, a fight in which his brother (Chris Brown) was killed. Once on campus DJ is works for his uncle as a gardener and is soon courted for his step dance skills by two rival fraternities. One fraternity gains DJ's attention and he pledges. Of course there is the requisite love conflict (the beautiful Meagan Good as April), who just happens to be the girlfriend of the rival fraternity step leader (Darrin Henson), and the usual undercurrent of familial dichotomies between DJ's humble background and April's influential father bring the tension to the front: the result is DJ's triumphant performance in the annual stepping competition between the two fraternities. The ending is predictable but sensitive and with a message.

The real star of the film is the magnificently choreographed and executed dancing, performed by the actual cast members. Director Sylvain White and his choreographers center their attention on the big sequences and the result is very fine entertainment. In addition to the gifted Columbus Short and Darrin Henson the cast includes such fine actor/dancers as Brian J. White, Ne-Yo, Laz Alonzo, Oliver Ryan Best, Richmond Duain Martyn, Justin Hires, and many others. It is difficult to resist the excitement of the commitment of this fine cast to the introduction of step dancing to the public at large. So much talent! Grady Harp


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