Drumline (2002)



Critic Consensus: Essentially a sports movie with drums, the energetic Drumline somehow manages to make the familiar seem fresh.

Movie Info

Drumline brings the world of "show-style" marching bands (popular at traditionally black, Southern colleges) to the big screen for the first time. The story, by Shawn Schepps, was inspired by the high school drumline experiences of executive producer/executive music producer Dallas Austin. Devon (Nick Cannon of Nickelodeon's The Nick Cannon Show) is a Harlem drummer who earns a full scholarship to the fictional Atlanta A&T University. There, his talent gets the attention of the school's … More

Rating: PG-13 (for innuendo and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Reginald Blythewood, Tina Gordon Chism, Shawn Schepps
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 15, 2003
Box Office: $56.2M
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as Dr. James Lee

as Jayson

as Ernest

as Charles

as Diedre

as Mr. Wade

as President Wagner

as Dorothy

as Buck Wild

as Principal

as Himself

as Fox Sports Commentat...

as Devon Miles Sr.

as Trumpet Section Lead...

as Sax Section Leader

as Coach Ellison

as Music Professor

as Tuba Section Leader

as BET Announcer No. 1

as BET Announcer No. 2

as Morris Brown Announc...

as A&T Announcer

as Nation Anthem Singer
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Critic Reviews for Drumline

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (31)

Charles Stone III is a craftsman with brains and taste, an instinctive sense of where to put the camera and the discipline not to belabor scenes.

Full Review… | January 10, 2003
Top Critic

A superlative B movie -- funny, sexy, and rousing.

Full Review… | December 23, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Offers little that's surprising or groundbreaking, but, because the script is smart enough not to insult us and to develop a group of interesting characters, the act of watching the film is an entertaining experience rather than a tedious exercise.

Full Review… | December 17, 2002
Top Critic

I love that we get into this world of marching bands. We barely see any football players -- we see the top of their helmets as they're getting out of the way.

Full Review… | December 16, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Outstanding cast, great message, strong language.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

True bandos can see themselves in this exuberant, charismatic and lovingly accurate college marching-band movie that faked no flavor while staying in step with themes of instruction, character and respect.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

Audience Reviews for Drumline

Wow. A movie that can make watching marching bands interesting. The constant battles are very fun to watch. Young funny guy Nick Cannon really adds alot to this movie.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


I had never planned on seeing this (for whatever reason), but I saw it a few years ago in a film and music class and forgot to review it on here.

It's predictable, a little corny, but it's still a harmless and heartwarming tale of inspiration that makes you feel good afterwards. The music is good, and the performances are above average, so if you have some spare time and are bored, this is an okay time filler.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

I was in the band in high school. I appreciate it's cuteness.

Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

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