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      Idlewild

      2006, Drama/Musical, 2h 1m

      130 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      Idlewild has some truly breathtaking moments, but borrows too heavily from other similar movies, and the disjointed script is not worthy of talents involved. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      A reticent piano player, named Percival (André Benjamin), along with Rooster (Antwan A. Patton), his flamboyant lead performer and manager, struggle to keep their speakeasy, in the Prohibition-era South, out of the hands of gangsters who want to take it over.

      • Rating: R (Nudity|Language|Sexuality|Violence)

      • Genre: Drama, Musical

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Bryan Barber

      • Producer: William Green, Scott Macaulay, Robin O'Hara

      • Writer: Bryan Barber

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $12.5M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Universal Pictures

      • Production Co: HBO Films, Forensic Films, Mosaic Media Group

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      • Jun 11, 2011

        See it. Chances are, you'll fall in love with Idlewild in spite of how many times you've seen this plot before. But that might be the Georgia boy in me talking...

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      • Mar 28, 2010

        One of the best musical of our time. Loved the effects in this movie. It's something new that our generation should be making more of.

        chris h Super Reviewer
      • Jun 05, 2008

        You've never seen a rapper play <i>this</i> kind of a gangsta before! Full review coming soon...

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      • Feb 12, 2008

        This movie is beautiful. It's everything Chicago should have been: the music, the characters, the set design, the costumes, the script, the strange balance between tragedy, comedy and romance. This movie is really something special. Beautifully shot and the story is very well-crafted and tight. I love the surreality of the animation and the visual effects. Where was this during the Oscars?

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