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At Theaters: 12/13/2002 On Video: 4/15/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 59 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409974
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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Devon Miles, a young, gifted hip-hop drummer from Harlem, wins a full music scholarship to Atlanta A&T University with the hopes of gaining a spot as a drummer on the school's renowned marching band's drumline. Devon, sporting a talent that is both raw and undisciplined, has one problem: He marches to the beat of his own drum.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama - This is your basic story of the underdog coming out on top. You've seen variations of this story a million times, but it's still quite entertaining and it's NOT just for people interested in school bands. There are several "cool" scenes and a few feel-good moments that should appeal to a wide audience.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Nick Cannon TV's - THE NICK CANNON SHOW
Zoe Saldana CROSSROADS, CENTER STAGE
Orlando Jones THE TIME MACHINE, EVOLUTION, SAY IT ISN'T SO
Director: Charles Stone III PAID IN FULL
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
One Band, One Sound
About The Location
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 11 S-words, 14 A-words. Not many others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: None
COMEDY: A fair amount of humor throughout the movie.
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Above Average

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Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "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.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Above Average "
Stone makes the drum competition scenes, already inherently photogenic, stirring to watch, although there certainly are a lot of them. The movie is enough on the high side of just what you'd expect to explain the shift in its release date. Once a candidate for the January dumping ground, Drumline is now in the competition — in December, where the big kids play.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "The action on the field, however, commands Stone's — and the audience's — full attention, and features some truly breathtaking percussive performances. And what you see on screen is the real deal...''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 266 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
25
Very High
96%
13-19Teens (M)
42
Very High
98%
13-19Teens (F)
70
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
31
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
36
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
22
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
40
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 266 moviegoer opinions. I really enjoyed Drumline and I was certain it would get some very high opinions but these opinions are off the chart. Rarely do you see so many opinions of "Fantastic," especially from adults. And virtually no one rated it low, which is also extremely rare and indicates a movie with very wide appeal. Needless to say, I highly recommend Drumline to everyone!

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Anyone who enjoys movies where the underdog defies all odds and comes out on top, will enjoy "Drumline." Sure, you've seen this same type of story many times before but that doesn't diminish the enjoyment I believe most will derive from this movie's many "cool" and "feel-good" moments. And you do not need to be interested in school bands in order to enjoy this movie. "Drumline" won't likely receive super high opinions, but I'll bet they come in pretty high with very few, if any, low opinions.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
For fans of America's show-style marching bands, halftime is game time.

A squad of players, some 300 strong and armed with musical instruments, takes over the field, commanding attention with their stirring, spectacular display of choreography and musicianship.

The football contest's controlled mayhem makes way for the blaring sound of trumpets and the heart-thumping rhythm of drums. Their sounds are rousing and rhythmic, exhilarating and entertaining, flamboyant and funky. As the bands pulsate and parade onto the gridiron, they are, for many, the real attraction of the game.

As a team, they sport their own stars: a tuba player, a clarinetist, or a trumpeteer. Like a quarterback leading his team to victory, the drumline, a troupe of talented percussionists whose cadenced rhythm rocks the rafters of any dome, bring crowds to their feet with their daring feats of music and athleticism.

Into this rigorous, ritualistic world comes a kid from a different culture. Devon Miles, a young, gifted hip-hop drummer from Harlem, wins a full music scholarship to Atlanta A&T University with the hopes of gaining a spot as a drummer on the school's renowned marching band's drumline. Devon, sporting a talent that is both raw and undisciplined, has one problem: He marches to the beat of his own drum.

Surmounting overwhelming odds, he snares a spot as a starter, much to the disdain of a resentful senior class band member, Sean Taylor, who dismisses the freshman's skills as bogus. When Taylor discovers something amiss about Devon's abilities, he alerts Dr. Lee, the school's demanding, dedicated band director, who suspects that the upstart talent may have duped the school into awarding him his scholarship. That situation threatens not only Devon's future at the school but, more immediately, his spot on the band's drumline just before the heralded Big Southern Classic, one of the region's most popular musical competition, spotlighting some of the area's best college bands and the winner-take-all jackpot of $100,000 for the school.

Now, with so much money, and possibly his own job, at stake, can Dr. Lee afford to pass up such a prize by keeping his star drummer on the sidelines?

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