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Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

 -  Comedy  -  20 March 1987 (USA)
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An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity, dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, the film takes a satiric look at African American actors in Hollywood.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bobby Taylor / Jasper / Speed / Sam Ace / Rambro
Craigus R. Johnson ...
Stevie Taylor
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Bobby's Grandmother
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Bobby's Mother
Marc Figueroa ...
Sitcom Father / Client #2
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Sitcom Girlfriend / Rehearsing Actress (as Sarah Kate Coughlin)
Sean Michal Flynn ...
Sitcom Boyfriend
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Batty Boy
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Uncle Ray
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Donald / Jheri Curl
Lou B. Washington ...
Tiny (as Ludie Washington)
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Lydia / Willie Mae / Hooker #5
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Maurice
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Customer in Chair
Gregory 'Popeye' Alexander ...
Pimp / Eddie Murphy-Type
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Storyline

Bobby Taylor wants to be a respected actor. From Sam Spade to Shakespeare to superheros, he can do it all. He just has to convince Hollywood that gangstas, slaves and "Eddie Murphy-types" aren't the sum of his talents. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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Bobby Taylor was on his way to becoming a star, when a funny thing happened.....

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20 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle  »

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$100,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,228,617 (USA)
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Trivia

Producer/director/star Robert Townsend put US$40,000 of the film's US$100,000 budget on ten personal credit cards, and obtained free film stock by splicing together leftovers from the production of Odd Jobs (1986) and Ratboy (1986), in which he had appeared. The 17 days of shooting were spread over two years, since he had to tour as a stand-up comedian whenever he could not afford to continue production. See more »

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In the "Chicago Jones" movie clip, the girl has on a white dress, in the split second that they are shown jumping, she has a red dress on. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Taylor: I wish Tiny *would* bring his big fat ass out here... Tiny! I'm going to make it up to you, I'm going to be a star.
Tiny: No, you're gonna be *seein* stars!
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Closer to You
Sung by Howard Smith and Patrice Rushen
Music by Patrice Rushen
Lyrics by Patrice Rushen and Sheree Brown
Publisher Baby Fingers Music/Shownbreree Music
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It's quite a story . . .
30 March 2001 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

. . . just the idea of having the audacity to finance a major movie using one's credit cards. And while it's unclear what those card companies thought of the project, the movie-going public are the recipients.

Robert Townsend, infant terrible of the late 80s makes a splashy, dynamic debut in "Hollywood Shuffle." There's no doubting Townsend's unbridled energy, imagination, and punch. Here's a man who has something to say, and uses comedy, parody and satire to make his points.

How the film will appeal depends on individual tastes. However, Townsend has assembled a good looking cast, which throws itself into the proceedings with enthusiasm and verve.

More power, Mr. Townsend.


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