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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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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)

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$5,228,617 (USA)
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Since this movie was shot without permits, the crew all wore UCLA t-shirts so they could pass themselves off as students learning how to film in the field. 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 »

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Mr. Jones: The Winky Dinky Ho Cake... hoes gotta eat too.
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Not Just One in a Million
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Very funny, with important lessons
9 February 2006 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Bobby Taylor wants to be a respected actor, but he has to settle for stereotypical roles in the white-dominated world of cinema. It is clear, as he rehearses in the movie's opening scenes, that the role he is auditioning for is not exactly what he has in mind. When the movie is actually filmed, it gives the term 'Blaxploitation' a whole new meaning.

Bobby lives with his brother Stevie and his grandmother, and he is often told he could work at the post office. He does have a job at Winky Dinky Dog, a hot dog place where Donald and Tiny are his co-workers, though his auditions interfere with his ability to be on the job when needed. The most popular sitcom on TV stars a comical bat/man who isn't exactly Cliff Huxtable.

As Bobby agonizes over this role, he has fantasies about what could happen. The fantasies are the best part of the movie.

In one scene, slaves are escaping, and the one guy who worked in the house makes Stepin Fetchit look like Sidney Poitier. The same actor later turns quite sophisticated in a commercial for Black Acting School, which is taught by white instructors, where aspiring actors only learn stereotypes. Light-skinned blacks need not apply.

In another fantasy, Bobby imagines that, since Siskel and Ebert are white guys who don't know what they are talking about, his people are represented by a couple of brothers in 'Sneakin' In The Movies'. Among the characters lampooned in this fantasy are Amadeus, Indiana Jones and Dirty Harry. And there is a movie about pimps and hookers that is ten times worse than anything real.

Probably the best fantasy of all happens while Bobby and his grandmother are watching 'Sam Ace', a Humphrey Bogart type movie. The film 'Death of a Breakdancer', done in black and white with the film noir style (including jazz music) stars Bobby as a black Sam Ace. While the film shows positive images, stereotypes can still be found--Jerry Curl is one of the suspects and very funny.

Rambo becomes Rambro in another scene.

Should we be enjoying all these offensive portrayals of African-Americans? Of course. Robert Townsend is black, and he produced, directed and co-wrote this movie and did a fine job of acting as well. His purpose was obviously to make fun of stereotypes. And Bobby shows that he has pride, and doesn't have to accept disrespect.

As a white person, I was not bothered by the fact that the majority of white people in this movie are portrayed in an over-the-top manner, especially the people responsible for the movie for which Bobby is auditioning. We're not like that, and I know it.

This movie was made on a budget, but one reason was the use of the same actors in many different roles. For the most part, it doesn't seem low-budget.

One of the better moments in the 'real' world takes place in the barbershop run by Bobby's Uncle Ray. David McKnight does an admirable job in a dramatic scene.

I highly recommend this movie.


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