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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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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.

Cast & Crew

Big Boi
Rooster
Ben Vereen
Percy Sr.
Faizon Love
Sunshine Ace
Cicely Tyson
Mother Hopkins
Patti LaBelle
The Real Angel Davenport
William Green
Producer
Robert Guralnick
Executive Producer
Charles Roven
Executive Producer
Big Boi
Composer
Pascal Rabaud
Cinematographer
James Hawkinson
Cinematographer
Charles William Breen
Production Design
Gary Diamond
Art Direction
Jeffrey Kushon
Set Decoration
Marthe Pineau
Set Decoration
Shawn Barton
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Critic Reviews for Idlewild

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Audience Reviews for Idlewild

  • 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...
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Christopher 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...
    Duncan R Super Reviewer
  • 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?
    Emily A Super Reviewer

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