December 13th, 2002


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DrumlineLeonard Roberts (left) and Nick Cannon (right)Executive producer/music producer Dallas Austin with Nick CannonStill of Zoe Saldana in DrumlineStill of Orlando Jones in DrumlineStill of Nick Cannon and Leonard Roberts in Drumline

A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 5.3/10 (20,145 voted)

Critic's Score: 63/100

Director: Charles Stone III

Stars: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Jones

A fish-out-of-water comedy about a talented street drummer from Harlem who enrolls in a Southern university, expecting to lead its marching band's drumline to victory. He initially flounders in his new world, before realizing that it takes more than talent to reach the top.

Writers: Shawn Schepps, Tina Gordon Chism

Nick Cannon - Devon Miles
Zoe Saldana - Laila (as Zoë Saldana)
Orlando Jones - Dr. Lee
Leonard Roberts - Sean Taylor
GQ - Jayson
Jason Weaver - Ernest
Earl Poitier - Charles (as Earl C. Poitier)
Candace Carey - Diedre
Shay Roundtree - Big Rob
Miguel A. Gaetan - Trey
J. Anthony Brown - Mr. Wade
Afemo Omilami - President Wagner
Angela Elayne Gibbs - Dorothy Miles (as Angela E. Gibbs)
Tyreese Burnett - Henry
Brandon Hirsch - Buck Wild

Taglines: Half time is game time


Official Website: Fox |

Release Date: 13 December 2002

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,604,705 (USA) (15 December 2002) (1836 Screens)

Gross: $56,398,162 (USA) (27 April 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Leonard Roberts, who plays Sean, was actually very sick when the last scenes of the "BET southern classic" were filmed, which is why he is so sweaty and looks slightly weak at the end of the film.

Continuity: In the opening graduation scene where the senior band is performing, the tassels are switched from one side to the other between shots.

Jason: Hey, Charles what's up with your socks man?
Charles: Don't worry about my socks man, it's a tuba thang shorty.
Jason: Better be.

User Review

Open up your mind and enjoy the movie for what it is!


Drumline is a great movie -- but you have to see it for what it is ... not what your preconceived notions lead you to believe it might be.

This movie is all about exposing people to the world of Black College marching bands. You couldn't have a movie that was 2 hours of nothing but band performances so you HAD to wrap a formulaic story around it. "Boy meets girl/boy loses girl/boy gets girl back and learns the value of teamwork in time for the big showdown" is a formula that has worked for years -- and it works here!

Another poster remarked that the band camp scenes were unrealistic because they were too "militaristic" ... he didn't believe that (among other things) that the students would be made to run around holding their drums and so forth. Well, believe it!

I marched in one of these bands (Southern University in Louisiana) 20 years ago and back then, band camp was FAR MORE INTENSE than anything you see on the screen in this movie. YES, it is that competitive. YES, it is that grueling. YES, it is that disciplined. Black College marching band is serious business and this film gives you only a small sample of what it takes to "make the band."

The actual band performances are AWESOME and will definitely be an eye-opener to anyone who has never seen this type of thing before. More importantly, there is no sex, violence, drug use, and very little bad language (just the requisite "d*mns" and "[email protected]" - nothing any more intense than prime-time television.) Equally important, the movie features strong male figures who resolve differences without resorting to pathological violence.

One last point -- the movie grossed 13+ million dollars in its opening weekend. And this was against Star Trek (18.7 M) and the Jennifer Lopez (19 M) movie. Although it finished in third place, it was shown in about 1,000 fewer theaters than those two. It had (by far) the highest "revenue per theater" for the weekend!

Do yourself a favor -- open your mind and see this movie -- you and your family will enjoy it!