ATL

ATL

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Director: Chris Robinson

Cast: Chris Robinson, Tip "T.I." Harris, Lauren London, Lonette McKee

     
 

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A tightly knit group of working-class Atlanta teens spend their time bonding over hip-hop and roller skating while pondering life after high school in director Chris Robinson's coming-of-age comedy drama that draws inspirations from the real-life childhoods of Dallas Austin and See more details below

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A tightly knit group of working-class Atlanta teens spend their time bonding over hip-hop and roller skating while pondering life after high school in director Chris Robinson's coming-of-age comedy drama that draws inspirations from the real-life childhoods of Dallas Austin and Tionne Watkins. For a kid growing up on the south side of Atlanta, the Cascade roller-skating rink is the place to be seen, and it's the place where the orphaned high school senior Rashad (Tip Harris) and his little brother Ant (Evan Ross) go every weekend to forget their financial troubles, hang with their friends and get their groove on. But outside the rink, the brothers have problems they can't avoid: Ant is being recruited into the posse of charismatic drug dealer Marcus (Outkast's Antwan Andre Patton, aka Big Boi). Meanwhile, Rashad's three best friends -- including the ambitious Esquire (Jackie Long) -- are pulling him in different directions, and his new girlfriend New-New (Lauren London) may not be as "street" as she seems. As Rashad tries to hold on to his little brother, he also comes to the realization that if he's ever going to make something of himself, he's going to have to step out of his skates and into the real world.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Watching just a few frames of ATL, it's easy to tell that director Chris Robinson has a music-video background. Often that would be a backhanded compliment at best, but here it's genuine. With Crash, his long-time collaborator, serving once again as Robinson's DP, ATL boasts all the style of the best hip-hop videos, but none of the insult -- it doesn't condescend, push products, or fetishize. Robinson and screenwriter Tina Gordon Chism are instead interested in the sociology of youth culture, and the atmosphere that springs from it. In fact, Chism's dialogue about teen language patterns does for urban Atlanta youths what Donnie Brasco's analysis of the phrase "forget about it" did for wise guys. The camera furthers the idea that the filmmakers are inside the content, rather than viewing it externally, and ATL shows a fondness for details that speak volumes -- a montage of dental bling, or a throwaway moment from the nightly operations of the local roller rink. If ATL is only an average coming-of-age story (with Antwone Fisher -- yes, that Antwone Fisher -- receiving story credit), that's because some substance must take a backseat to all this beautifully crafted style. ATL is also propelled by a perfectly interwoven stream of hip-hop, lending extra electricity to the visuals. Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris makes a credible debut in the lead role, but his scowl on the poster is a little misleading. Like Dazed and Confused -- which has a similar ensemble structure and looseness to its plot -- ATL is a lot more about how teens have fun than how they perpetrate and intimidate. Even when things get heavy, the film stays as light as a carefree youth on roller skates -- which also helps it function as a ballad to the city whose abbreviated moniker serves as its title.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
UPC:
0012569829633
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
35,825

Special Features

In the Rink - A Director's Journey: join director Chris Robinson in making his feature-filmmaking debut and in exploring Atlanta's growing music scene with rapper T.I.; Additional scenes; T.I. What You Know music video; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tip "T.I." Harris Rashad
Lauren London New New
Lonette McKee Priscilla Garnett
Antwan Andre Patton Marcus
Evan Ross Naess Ant
Keith David John Garnett
Jackie Long Esquire
Albert Daniels Brooklyn
Jason Weaver Teddy
Khadijah Haqq Veda
Malika Haqq Star
Tyree Simmons DJ Drama
Mykelti Williamson Uncle George
Khadijah Veda
Greg Andrews Jay
Monica Waffle House Waitress
Brandon Bernard Benton Student in Classroom
Adam Boyer Bartender
April Clark Tondie
Steven R. Ewing Fireman
Alvin Lee Fleming Skateman
Cameron Gipp Famous Customer
Bart Hansard Deputy
Wayne Hardnett Bone Crusher
Monique Harris Sexy Woman
Tae Heckard Tonya
Nick Hudani Mr. Sartoni
Marie McAdoo Fat Girl
Lauren Mitchell Janice Rawlings
Markice Moore Austin
Margo Moorer Ms. Jackson
Roderick Mosley Drug Customer
Zoe Myers Preppy Female
Ayesha Ngaujah Counter Girl
Jameelah Nuriddin Young Girl
Gregory Oliver Cascade Security Guard
Vanessa Petrosky Holly
Jazze Pha DJ
Ashley Ragland Teenage Girl
Deon Ramone Big Ronnie
Ric Reitz Mr. Sapp
Christopher Ray Robinson Ant's Friend
Onira Satterwhite Sexy Young Girl
Tasha Smith Gayle
Almario Thomas Dante
Laparee Young Pastor
Jorge Luis Abreu Doctor
Jae Blaze Thug
Hakiem Ayele Skater
Antonio Barfield Skater
Safiya Brawner Skater
Kelvin Broadnax Skater
Kyle Dutcher Skater
Dancia Garner Skater
Pierpont Geer Skater
Brandon Gibbs Skater
Leslie Howell Skater
DeShawn Ingram Skater
Paul Antonio Johnson Skater
James Jones Skater
Toria Morris Skater
Lisa Quinones Skater
Tony Lance Sailor Skater
Saladin Suluki Skater
Virginia Turner Skater
Kenya Tyson Skater
Douglas B. Wynn Skater

Technical Credits
Chris Robinson Director
Dallas Austin Producer
Shawn Barton Costumes/Costume Designer
Shay Bentley-Griffin Casting
David Blackburn Editor
Jason Bland Costumes/Costume Designer
Timothy M. Bourne Executive Producer
Robb Buono Production Designer
Tina Gordon Chism Screenwriter
Crash Cinematographer
Leah Daniels-Butler Casting
Mary H. Ellis Sound/Sound Designer
Antwone Quenton Fisher Original Story
Jody Gerson Producer
Aaron Glascock Editor
Kimberly Hardin Casting
Colin Hudson Camera Operator
James Lassiter Producer
Alejandro Luna Set Decoration/Design
Michael Stern Sound Mixer
Julia Michels Musical Direction/Supervision
Iliana Sanchez Costumes/Costume Designer
Dennis S. Sands Sound Mixer
Curt Schulkey Editor
Jonathan J. Short Art Director
Will Smith Producer
Devyne Stephens Choreography
Doug Torres Asst. Director
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins Executive Producer
Thomas Weston Camera Operator
Aaron Zigman Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- ATL
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
28. Chapter 28

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