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Encyclopedia > Drumline (film)

Drumline theatrical poster
Directed by Charles Stone III
Produced by Timothy M. Bourne
Wendy Finerman
Jody Gerson
Written by Shawn Schepps
Tina Gordon Chism
Starring Nick Cannon
Zoë Saldaña
Orlando Jones
Music by John Powell
Cinematography Shane Hurlbut
Editing by Patricia Bowers
Bill Pankow
Distributed by Twentieth-Century Fox
Release date(s) December 13, 2002
Running time 118 min.
Gross revenue $56,398,162[1]
IMDb profile

Drumline is a 2002 film directed by Charles Stone III. The plot is about a young drummer from New York who enters fictional HBCU Atlanta A&T University and tries to lead the school's drum section. Charles Stone III is a film director, known for films such as Drumline starring Nick Cannon and Mr. ... Wendy Finerman (born 1961) is an Oscar-winning producer of nearly a dozen feature films. ... Nicholas Scott Cannon (born October 8, 1980) is an American actor and rapper. ... Zoë Saldaña (born Zoë Yadira Zaldaña Nazario on June 19, 1978) is a Dominican-American actress. ... Orlando Jones (born April 10, 1968) is an American comedian and film and television actor. ... For the geologist and U.S. explorer, see John Wesley Powell, for the Mayor of Toronto see John Powell (politician). ... Bill Pankow is an American film editor who was born in New York City in 1952. ... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... USD redirects here. ... The year 2002 in film involved some significant events. ... Charles Stone III is a film director, known for films such as Drumline starring Nick Cannon and Mr. ... Look up Plot in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the comic book character, see Drummer (comics). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... In the United States, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) (a type of Minority Serving Institution or MSI) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African-American community. ... Students in Rome, Italy. ... For other uses, see Drum (disambiguation). ...


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The movie starts with Devon Miles (Nick Cannon) graduating from high school in New York City. He is the best drummer in the senior band and frustrates his teacher by modernizing the band's rendition of "I Believe I Can Fly". Upon graduation, Devon heads to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the fictional Atlanta A&T University, a historically Black university that takes enormous pride in its marching band. Later it is revealed that Devon was personally invited to attend on full scholarship by Dr. Lee (Orlando Jones), the head of the marching band at A&T. The A&T band separates itself from its competitors by requiring all band members to read music, by focusing on various styles of music rather than what is popular on the radio, and by their dedication to the teamwork-emphasized "one band, one sound" concept. The band has a preseason that is similar to an athletic team's induction in that it is very physically and mentally difficult and challenges all recruits to push themselves past what they previously thought were their limits. At the end of preseason, the musicians must audition for spots on the field (ranked P1 through P4) and Devon is the only freshman to make P1, the highest level player. While going through his rigorous process, Devon finds time to romance an upperclassman dancer, Laila (Zoe Saldana). Nicholas Scott Cannon (born October 8, 1980) is an American actor and rapper. ... I Believe I Can Fly is a 1996 song by R&B singer R. Kelly. ... Orlando Jones (born April 10, 1968) is an American comedian and film and television actor. ... Zoe Yanira Zaldaña Nazario (born June 19, 1978), better known as Zoe Saldaña, is an American actress. ...

Things seem to be going very well for Devon, he has the girl, he has a spot on the field, but things start to go wrong when the percussion leader (Leonard Roberts) challenges him to take a solo in his first game, saying to another upperclassmen, "he'll freeze up like any freshman." He is shocked and offended when Devon takes the solo and humiliates the section leader. This sets up some tension in the drumline which is exacerbated when Dr. Lee is told by the college president to change his focus from music to entertainment or lose his funding. Lee doesn't want to give Devon a solo because he feels that Devon's attitude and respect are lacking. The situation further deteriorates when it is revealed that Devon cannot read music. The final straw is that, in a drumline standoff at homecoming, Devon incites a melee with the visiting band. The fight is started when Devon leads the line in using their sticks to play on the visiting line's drums (a serious insult in drumline mythos). This fight also harms his relationship with Laila as she is now embarrassed to introduce him to her parents. Because of his part in starting the fight, Dr. Lee kicks Devon out of the band. Leonard Roberts (born November 17, 1972 in St. ...

Devon is hurt by this rejection and tries to pretend he isn't bothered by it. He contacts Atlanta A&T's rival school Morris Brown College, to discuss playing for them the next year. The rival band leader says that Devon doesn't need to know how to read music (something Dr. Lee insisted on) and will likely get a full scholarship and a good position on the drumline. Things appear to be going Devon's way again, but when the rival band wants to know what Dr. Lee is planning for the BET Big Southern Classic (a large competition of college bands), Devon learns that his honor and his heart are still with the band he was kicked off of. He rejects the scholarship offer from the rival band and returns to A&T. Morris Brown College (MBC) is a four-year, private, coed, liberal arts institution affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. ... BET redirects here. ...

Though Devon is still not playing for the band, he can't give up his drumming. He is sent cassette tapes from his estranged father and gets some ideas for new drum arrangements. He and the senior drummer have a final confrontation that clears the air and they begin working together. They present their ideas to Dr. Lee who decides they will be used during the Classic. Devon helps the drumline prepare and patches up his relationship with Laila.

At the Classic, the other bands are shown performing a mixture of popular songs. Morris Brown's band even gets rapper Petey Pablo to perform during their routine. A&T is not fazed by this and goes out does their performance of mixed retro and current sound. A tie results and the Morris Brown and A&T drumlines face off. Dr. Lee tells Devon he can play for this face off, showing his faith in Devon's improved character and in thanks for all the hard work he had put in getting the band ready for the Classic. Morris Brown goes first and A&T responds. Morris Brown's second cadence includes their snares moving forward and playing on the A&T drums then throwing down their sticks. It was a similar situation that started the fight that got Devon kicked out of the band. The A&T line holds their composure in the face of this insult and comes back with the gloves off. They play their cadence and in the middle throw down their sticks, mimicking the Morris Brown actions, but then the entire line pulls out another set of sticks and continues playing. They end their routine up in the faces of the Morris Brown drumline, but instead of playing on their drums, the line drops one of their sticks onto the other drumline's drums. The judges award the win to A&T. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


# Title Performer(s) Length
1. "D&K Cadence" A&T Drumline "The Senate" 0:28
2. "Been Away" Q "The Kid" feat. Jermaine Dupri 3:50
3. "I Want a Girl Like You" Joe feat. Jadakiss 3:59
4. "Blowin' Me Up (with Her Love)" JC Chasez 4:50
5. "Club Banger" Petey Pablo 3:49
6. "Faithful to You" Syleena Johnson 3:30
7. "Butterflyz" Alicia Keys 4:12
8. "Uh Oh" Monica 3:39
9. "My Own Thing" Raheem DeVaughn 3:58
10. "What You Waitin' For" Nivea 3:35
11. "Peanuts" Nappy Roots 4:35
12. "I'm Scared of You" Nick Cannon 4:00
13. "Shout It Out" Too Short & Bun B 4:47
14. "Let's Go" Trick Daddy feat. Duece Poppi and Tre + 6 & Unda Presha 4:11
15. "Marching Band Medley" (Let's Go/Uh Oh/Bouncin' Back/I Told Y' All/In the Stone/I Want You Back/Shout It Out) Bethune Cookman College Marching Band 4:04
16. "Marching Band Medley" (Let's Go/Uh Oh/Bouncin' Back/I Told Y' All/In the Stone/I Want You Back/Shout It Out) [Bonus track] Morris Brown College Drumline 4:04

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Critical Reception

Drumline received generally favorable reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, 79% of the critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 80 reviews. On Metacritic, the film has an average rating of 63 out of 100, based on 28 reviews. Roger Ebert called the film, "A very entertaining movie and a really good one for all of the marching bands out there". This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ...


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  Results from FactBites:
Drumline (2002) - A Review by David Nusair (478 words)
Drumline is one of those movies that features characters overcoming obstacles to succeed in the end, and though it does go on for a half hour longer than it should, it's entertaining enough to warrant a recommendation.
Drumline's structure is similar to a variety of sports movies (Hoosiers, Remember the Titans), so it is worth noting that this is likely the first time the ragtag-underdogs-that-make-good storyline has been put to use in a film concerning musical instruments.
Now, when you've got a film that has an outcome as obvious as this, it's probably not such a great idea to run for longer than 90 minutes or so.
dib20301_diversityinbusiness.com FILMS (789 words)
Drumline takes audiences to the core of that quest - first by focusing on the individual and then expanding that quest to the communal - beginning with the school band, then the school and ultimately the community as a whole.
Yes, the context of the film is Black, but the core of this film is human, and the issues it addresses are universal.
Between all of the drumming, high-stepping, line-formations, practices and performances is a tale of how each individual's struggle to find his or her place in the world ultimately determines the fate of the individual and the entire community.
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