Idlewild
- Andre Benjamin

Overview - André Benjamin and Antoine A. Patton--aka Andre 3000 and Big Boi of the hip-hop duo Outkast--star in this uproarious period piece, a comedy-drama-musical-action film set in Prohibition-era Virginia. Patton plays Rooster, the lead singer at a raucous, high-class all-black club called Church.  Read more...

 
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Overview

André Benjamin and Antoine A. Patton--aka Andre 3000 and Big Boi of the hip-hop duo Outkast--star in this uproarious period piece, a comedy-drama-musical-action film set in Prohibition-era Virginia. Patton plays Rooster, the lead singer at a raucous, high-class all-black club called Church. Benjamin plays Percival, his best friend, who is the piano player at the club and the shy son of a funeral parlor owner (played by Ben Vereen). Terence Howard (HUSTLE AND FLOW) provides the menace as Trumpy, a vicious underling of Rooster's bootlegger father (Ving Rhames). Meanwhile, a beautiful singer (Paula Patton) comes to town and Percival finds himself falling in love--much to his terror, as he's afraid to leave the small community of Idlewild for the big city: Chicago, her next stop. As Rooster prepares for a showdown with Trumpy, Percival faces his fears, the band heats up, and the guns and songs come out for a big final night at the Church. This is clearly a labor of love for writer/director Brian Barber and the Outkast crew: a color-saturated adrenalin rush of witty dialogue, loving attention to period detail, boisterous and athletic dancing, and lots of eye-popping digital animation (such as Rooster's talking/singing whiskey flask). Appearing in a bevy of diamond-studded cameos and bit parts are Cicely Tyson, Macy Gray, Cedric the Entertainer, Patti LaBelle, Jackie Long, Faizon Love, Malinda Williams, and child rapper Bobb'e J. Thompson, who is hilarious--and demonstrates some very fancy footwork--as the young Rooster.

Cast List

Pascal Rabaud - Director of Photography
Robin O'Hara - Producer
Bryan Barber - Screenwriter, IDLEWILD (2006)
Andre 3000 - Hip hop artist/actor, BE COOL/FOUR BROTHERS
André Benjamin - Hip hop artist/actor, BE COOL/FOUR BROTHERS
Antwan Andre "Big Boi" Patton - Hip hop artist/actor, ATL (2006)
Antwan Andre Patton - Hip hop artist/actor, ATL (2006)
Big Boi - Hip hop artist/actor, ATL (2006)
Antwan "Big Boi" Patton - Hip hop artist/actor, ATL (2006)
Patti LaBelle - American Singer
Patricia Louise Holt - American Singer
Macy Gray - Music Performer/Star, TRAINING DAY (2001)
Terrence Howard - Actor\"Dead Presidents"
Terrence DaShon Howard - Actor\"Dead Presidents"
Ving Rhames - Actor
William Green - Voice, A VERY MERRY POOH YEAR (2002)
Paula Patton - Actress, IDLEWILD, (2006)
Ben Vereen - American actor, ALL THAT JAZZ (1979)
Scott Macauley - Executive Producer, SAVING FACE (2005)
Paula Jai Parker
Cicely Tyson - American Actress
Faizon Love - Actor/Voice-Overs
Faizon - Actor/Voice-Overs

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 121
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192648724
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (for violence, sexuality, nudity and language.)
  • Release Date: December 2006

Related Categories:
Movies > Musical & Performing Arts
Movies > Musicals

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Theatrical Release: August 25, 2006

Reviews:
"[A] madly soulful and enjoyable period musical....IDLEWILD is a romp, a ticket to rowdy good times..." - 09/01/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.49-50


3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a luscious ragtime musical....Surprisingly polished performances from the two leads grab the attention..." - 10/01/2006 Total Film, p.48


3 stars out of 4 -- "OutKast's music is impressively varied and dynamic throughout." - 10/01/2006 Uncut, p.153


"Especially exhilarating are the dance sequences, anachronistic fusions of hip-hop and swing...cut to a rhythm that emphasizes the moves on show." - 10/01/2006 Box Office, p.43


"[Barber] impresses most in purely visual moments. He creates an imaginative inner life for his protagonists." - 10/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.58-59


3 stars out of 5 -- "The musical sequences are outstanding, with the exceptional choreography and flashy cinematography more than a match for the big numbers." - 03/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.97

 
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