Drumline

Directed By: Charles Stone Starring: Nick Cannon

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Halftime is party time in this high-energy comedy about a gifted street drummer (Nick Cannon) who snares the top spot in a university marching band--but quickly discovers it takes more than talent to succeed. Featuring a hip-hop soundtrack and dazzling dance moves, Drumline "shakes, rattles and rolls the house!" (Washington Post).

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 206210482
UPC 024543488002
UPC 14 00024543488002
Format DVD
Release Date 2/17/2009
Rating Rating
Keywords
Coming Of Age
Drummers
Drums
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Charles Stone III's crowd-pleasing drama spotlights the previously unheralded world of university marching bands--more specifically, the cutthroat world that energizes Southern black campuses. Devon Miles (Nick Cannon) is a Harlem teenager who receives a full scholarship to attend Atlanta A&T University based on his excellent percussion talents. However, making the transition from hip-hop street drumming to the drumline of the school's legendary marching band is more challenging than Miles expected. For one, the band director, Dr. Lee (Orlando Jones), is determined to reclaim the national championship using old-school tactics, even though his traditional beliefs appear to be leaving A&T in the dust. And then there is Sean (Leonard Roberts), the current drum leader, who is threatened by Devon's skills and frustrated by his fierce individuality. These antagonistic forces, as well as the addition of a cheerleading love interest (Zoe Saldana), combine to test Devon's previously unshakeable confidence. As the season builds toward the BET Big Southern Classic and a showdown with rival Morris Brown University, Devon must swallow his pride and learn to be a team player if he wants his band to win the championship. DRUMLINE proves that any subject can make for an invigorating work of entertainment, if handled properly.
Reviews
New York Times "...Bouncy, boisterous and charming....[It] becomes downright thrilling when it shows the bands in action..." 12/13/2002 p.E35
USA Today "...Stone makes the drum competition scenes, already inherently photogenic, stirring to watch..." 12/13/2002 p.8E
Los Angeles Times "...[An] entertaining and enthusiastically told tale?.The film has also been smart in picking its lively, likable cast....If rhythm and movement are important to you, this is a film that deserves a spot on your dance card..." 12/13/2002 p.C12
Entertainment Weekly "DRUMLINE does more than capture the excitement of marching bands; it gets their clockwork beauty as well....Funny, sexy and rousing..." 01/03/2003 p.47
Box Office "...Saldana is beautiful and delightful..." 03/01/2003 p.61
Directors
Charles Stone
Actors
Nick Cannon
Cast & Crew
Bill Pankow - Editor
Charles C. Bennett - Production Designer
Charles Stone, III - Director
Dallas Austin - Executive Producer
John Powell - Original Music By
Leonard Roberts - Actor
Nicholas Scott - Art Director
Nick Cannon - Actor
Orlando Jones - Actor
Patricia Bowers - Editor
Shane Hurlbut - Cinematographer
Shawn Schepps - Based On Story By
Tina Gordon Chism - Screenplay
Wendy Finerman - Producer
Zoe Saldana - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 2257384
UPC 00024543488002
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 127 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Nominee (2003) Image Award, Drumline, Outstanding Motion Picture,MTV Award, Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Best Kiss,MTV Award, Nick Cannon, Breakthrough Male Performance
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Just when I thought I had seen every conceivable twist on the Rocky storyline, along comes something like Drumline to surprise me. Despite being pure formula from start to finish, this movie works for two obvious reasons: a star-making turn by Nick Cannon and a stereotype-busting look at one of the most frequently derided of scholastic extracurricular activities: the marching band. Drumline offers little that's surprising or groundbreaking, but, because the script is smart enough not to insult us and to develop a group of interesting characters, the act of watching the film is an entertaining experience rather than a tedious exercise...The soundtrack for Drumline -- undoubtedly one of the film's selling points -- is cross-generational, with the band playing more than just traditional marching tunes...Director Charles Stone never strays too far from the familiar, but there are nice little twists that keep the production fresh...Coming in the midst of so many high-profile, end-of-the-year motion picture, Drumline is a pleasant, and very welcome, surprise.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Drumline," directed by Charles Stone, and written by Tina Gordon Chism and Shawn Schepps, is entertaining for what it does, and admirable for what it doesn't do. It gets us involved in band politics and strategy, gives us a lot of entertaining halftime music, and provides a portrait of a gifted young man who slowly learns to discipline himself and think of others. That's what it does...The love story between Devon and Laila is sweet and remarkably innocent, for a contemporary movie. They share one tender kiss, although the eagle-eyed MPAA rates the film PG-13 for "innuendo." Oh, I forgot: The MPAA also singles out "language," although this is one of the cleanest-talking urban movies in history. If this isn't a PG film in today's world, what is? It is also, in a very sincere way, touching. It pays attention to its characters, gives them weight and reality, doesn't underline the morals but certainly has them. "Drumline" joins titles like "love jones," "Soul Food," "Barbershop" and "Antwone Fisher" in the slowly growing list of movies about everyday African-American lives. What a good-hearted film.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Cannon,Nick
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post Brimming with energy and spirit.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...funny, sexy, and rousing.
Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card The symbols float like butterflies and the spinning styx sting like bees. I wanted more.

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