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Percival and Rooster's parallel journey of discovery takes them deep into the sultry South and across Idlewild as they grow from precocious children to stand-up men. From the back roads of Georgia to the bright lights of Chicago blasting in the Prohibition heat, the friends will learn the truths of deepest love, heartbreaking loss and family ties that bind them forever to a place called Idlewild.
Drama Musical - This is a period musical drama with some violent and racy elements
that make the film inappropriate for children. Fans of OutKast
will especially enjoy though their music here is a lot more period-
oriented. The film plays fast and loose with time periods and some
surreal elements, so those looking for something traditional won't
find it here.
PROFANITY: 6 F-words, 21 S-words, 13 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings and beatings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Car chase and shootout. COMEDY: Some comic banter; some suggestive verbal references.
In the 1930s American South, there was one spot that served as a haven—a place
of prayer for the weary, joy for the hopeful and music for the masses. All were welcome
to come and find the Lord as they walked into church on Sunday mornings. When the
good and righteous built these houses of worship, however, they did ask guests to leave a
few things at the door, namely: cussing, liquor, fast women, gambling and guns. And
that was the part of the sermon to which Rooster just didn't pay attention. In his
nightclub called "Church," there was only one story to tell…one in the key of cool.
Welcome to Idlewild, Georgia. Welcome to Church.
In Idlewild, players gather nightly at Church, with childhood friends—who grew
up on opposite sides of the tracks—Rooster and Percival playing two key roles at the
club. Soft-spoken and reserved mortician Percival sees playing piano at the nightclub as
welcome respite from the doldrums of working in his overbearing father's (BEN
home. One night in Church, Percival meets the latest celebrity to tour the South, the
ethereal Angel (PAULA PATTON). Percival falls head over heels in love
with the ingénue and is faced with a choice: stay or leave his oppressive father behind
and pursue his dreams of becoming a song-and-dance man in the big cities of which he's
Church's manager, Rooster, is the son of a moonshine runner, a man who has
grown into his flashy clothes and role as a wheeler-dealer—juggling both his suspicious
wife, Zora (MALINDA WILLIAMS), and a cast of characters
who make their money off the place's illegal dealings. From the club's blustering owner,
"Sunshine" Ace (FAIZON LOVE), to the swop dancers, showgirls,
musicians, fire-eaters and divas who light up the stage—including hard-drinking, sultry
singer Taffy (MACY GRAY)—Rooster makes sure the show goes on nightly and Church's customers get just
the entertainment they came to find.
But Rooster's problems multiply after he witnesses a shooting that places Trumpy
(TERRENCE HOWARD)—one of the mob men—into control of the influx of liquor
into his juke joint. While on the run from the mob, the good-hearted scoundrel realizes
his life of petty crime is taking him nowhere and must now fight his way back to his
family while his best friend Percy tries to escape the hold Idlewild has on him…and start
a new life performing in a faraway city.