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OutKast duo André "Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan Andre "Big Boi" Patton star as two Prohibition-era performers determined to fend off the vicious gangsters currently attempting to gain a stake in the pair's lucrative club in this musical drama directed by longtime collaborator Bryan Barber and featuring choreography by three-time Tony award winner Hinton Battle. In the 1930s, Idlewild was the hottest speakeasy in the South thanks to the impressive showmanship of flamboyant manager/lead performer Rooster (Patton) and the notable talents of introverted pianist Percival (Benjamin). Everything changes, however, when a powerful gangster and his ruthless henchmen move in on the scene with every intention of landing a healthy portion of the club's considerable profits. Ving Rhames, Terrence Howard, Faizon Love, Patti LaBelle, Macy Gray, Ben Vereen, and Cicely Tyson co-star.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/05/2006
UPC: 0025192648724
Original Release: 2006
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 24,896

Special Features

Deleted scene plus ; A deleted song; Outkast music videos ; "Morris Brown" ..Big Boi; "Idlewild Blue"; -André 3000; Special features Not Rated, Not Subtitled.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
André Benjamin Percival
Antwan Andre Patton Rooster
Paula Patton Angel
Terrence Howard Trumpy
Faizon Love Ace
Malinda Williams Zora
Cicely Tyson Mother Hopkins
Macy Gray Taffy
Ben Vereen Percy Senior
Paula Jai Parker Rose
Bobb'e J. Thompson Young Rooster
Patti LaBelle The Real Angel Davenport
Ving Rhames Spats
Jackie Long Monk
Oscar Dillon Bobo
Jalil Lynch Cliff
Esau Ali Caldwell Sonny
Bruce Bruce Nathan
Bre'wan Waddell Young Percival
Carol Mitchell Leon Auntie Belle
China Anderson Rooster's Daughter
Isis Faust Rooster's Daughter
Kyra Freeman Rooster's Daughter
Kabrina Truesdale Rooster's Daughter
Rodney Johnson Fatts
Bentley Farnsworth Voice of the Flask
Bryan Barber Photographer
Cynthia Covington Blash Landlady
Cali Casino Stagehand
Kevin Rowe Stagehand
Lillian Jones Stiffed Whore
Lakesha Lee Wailing Mourner
Charlie Lucas Cap
Angelo Christopher Moore Band Director
Bill Nunn GW
Afemo Omilami Walter
Liwaza Green Fine Woman
Karen Dyer Eva the Fire Diva
Annalisia Simone Honey Bun
Jennifer Johnson Nan
Autavia Bailey Coco
Jessica Castro Bobbi
Kenna Morris Sandi
Stephanie Moseley China
Debra Killings Singing Voice of Angel
Quinn Bass Swop Dancer
Torya Beard Swop Dancer
Jennifer Edmonds Swop Dancer
Ryan Francois Swop Dancer
Edgar Godineaux Swop Dancer
Terrance Harrison Swop Dancer
Micah James Swop Dancer
Erika T. Johnson Swop Dancer
Janice Lorraine Swop Dancer
Chanel Malvar Swop Dancer
Marielys Molina Swop Dancer
Adesola Osakalumi Swop Dancer
Henry Platt Swop Dancer
Danielle Polanco Swop Dancer
Carlos Sierra Swop Dancer
Ivan "Flipz" Velez Swop Dancer
Nadine Ellis Church Dancer
Elton Laron Church Dancer
Tracie Burton Church Dancer
Ayesha Orange Church Dancer
Josette Wiggan Church Dancer
Jason Samuels Smith Church Dancer
Victoria Parsons Church Dancer
Dannon Bryant Church Dancer
Patrick 'Sleepy' Brown Syncopated Church Orchestra
John Norwood Fisher Syncopated Church Orchestra
Kevin Kendrick Syncopated Church Orchestra
John Dexter Steward Syncopated Church Orchestra
John Debney Conductor

Technical Credits
Bryan Barber Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Kerry Barden Casting
Shawn Barton Costumes/Costume Designer
Hinton Battle Choreography
Dave Beavis Special Effects Supervisor
André Benjamin Co-producer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Breen Production Designer
Marty Cherrix Casting
Erika Conner Co-producer
Joe D'Alessandro Camera Operator
Steve Danton Asst. Director
John Debney Score Composer
Cosmas Demetriou Set Decoration/Design
Gary Diamond Art Director
Cameron Frankley Sound/Sound Designer
Anne Goursaud Editor
William Green Executive Producer
Robert Guralnick Producer
Kevin Hardison Set Decoration/Design
Billy Hopkins Casting
David Kelson Sound/Sound Designer
Evyen Klean Consultant/advisor
Larry Long Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Macaulay Executive Producer
Scott Macauley Executive Producer
Robin O'Hara Executive Producer
Antwan Andre Patton Co-producer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Pascal Rabaud Cinematographer
Bryan Rabaud Cinematographer
Charles Roven Producer
Carl Rudisill Sound Mixer
Rea Ann Silva Makeup
Suzanne Smith Casting
Derek Smith Camera Operator
Jonathan Starch Asst. Director
Paul Varrieur Camera Operator
Michael "Blue" Williams Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Idlewild
1. Role Play (Main Titles) [6:56]
2. The Greatest Show [4:30]
3. The Hot Seat [8:29]
4. Angel Davenport [6:13]
5. Big Plan [9:00]
6. "Chronomentrophobia" [2:55]
7. Mighty Nice Hat [3:58]
8. Find a Way or Make One [9:53]
9. Throw Your Back Out [3:30]
10. It's in the Fine Print [2:51]
11. Real Talent [5:45]
12. "Movin' Cool" [2:11]
13. Feelin' Generous [5:20]
14. Leaving Idlewild [4:36]
15. What Goes Around Comes Around [8:42]
16. Repentance [5:15]
17. Bright Lights [7:48]
18. "Mutron Angel" [5:47]
19. A Great Start [5:55]
20. End Titles [4:31]

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Idlewild 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Idlewild is truly a great musical film, either about music or featuring music, are not very common. HBO films deserves a lot of credit for making this one happen. Because this is not a typical film by any means. The written script was an amazing piece. This movie contains almost all genres of movies. It has the beautifying passion of Romance, the suspense of a drama, real good comedy, plus amazing music by Outkast. It will be outrageous for people to think that it is a bad movie. The film is going to have a generational promotional gap, not just the much-discussed racial one. It can't be dismissed as "the hip-hop Moulin Rouge," it's more akin to a "hip-hop Caberet", with Rooster (Antwan Andre "Big Boi" Patton of Outkast) as Sally Bowles. Director Bryan Barber may have modeled some camera work on Baz Lurman's spinning kaleidoscopic style, but it is more likely that his music video background was a stronger influence. While there are some similar plot points, this is not really "Moulin Noir." I wouldn't have wanted to see any other hip-hop artists or anyone else, for that matter making this movie. It wouldn't have worked. Outkast are so unique in their style and approach to music, and they took that same mindset to the big screen. Andre 3000 is no Luther Vandross, but he's just as great for being as good at what he does as well as the part he played in the film. Big Boi does a fine job as well. I kind of wonder if he was coaxed into the part by Dre, or if he did it on his own accord. Either way, I loved seeing the two of them on screen together. Big Boi shines, as does the rest of the cast. They are able to synthesize a lot of sources and come up with very new and wonderful sounding pieces that are just plain fun to hear. There is also the excitement of seeing so many great black actors on screen. The film has the feel of an ensemble piece-these wonderful faces haunt the screen with a warmth that is irresistible. It is pretty amazing that America's black actors are able to achieve real energy and passion in film after film. When greats like Ben Vereen and Cicely Tyson are little more than cameos, you know you have talent to spare. My one concern is that the music style may be too much fusion to keep the hip-hop fans happy, and the movie may be too hip-hop to attract the general audience it deserves. It is a tribute to craft and their perseverance. But the bottom line is this is a soulful movie. The film is not real, not a documentary of the times, and outside of any type of accurate historical context. But film art must grow and evolve for the medium to have any relevance at all. This movie places events, sounds and sights in the dimension of the here and now. And as such, it is a brave, powerful and loving fantasy. I thought the movie was great for what it was: a film made by Outkast. If you watch the movie with that mindset, and you feel like you really *get* the bizarre humor from their lyrics and skits, then you'll love the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IDLEWILD as conceived, created and directed by Bryan Barber is an all black cast version of the 1930s gangster/prohibition/big crime scene that bubbles over with energy and music and a lot of fun. While the story is not unique by a long shot, the technique of making it comes alive with some of our most talented actors around. Barber wisely incorporates hip hop music (a nod to his own career and talents of the two stars André Benjamin and Antwan A. 'Big Boi' Patton) resembles the way 'Moulin Rouge' was recently remade using contemporary music for a turn of the century story. It works and polishes off a snappy evening of entertainment The story is an old one: two young boys carry their friendship into adulthood, taking over their fathers' businesses (mortician and bootlegging) and encounter crime bosses, speakeasy snags in Idlewild, Georgia, snarls from wives and lovers, romance, loss of friends, surprise stardom, and learned lessons as they discover their own lives. The cast is overflowing with talent: Ben Vereen, Ving Rhames, Terence Howard, Cicely Tyson, Macy Gray, Malinda Williams, Paula Jai Parker and the gorgeous Paula Patton, to name only a few of the cast of many. The dance numbers are terrific, the music fits in well, and the exuberance displayed by the actors overcomes the rather weak standard of acting that Barber draws from these bonafide stars. For a period piece from the 1930s pepped up with some truly fine choreography and musical numbers, this tasty little film is a winner. Even the added cartooning for once complements the story. It is a film well worth a visit! Grady Harp