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Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

R | | Comedy | 20 March 1987 (USA)
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

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
Don Reed ...
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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Comedy

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Release Date:

20 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,228,617 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the "Death of a Breakdancer" segment, Robert Townsend's character is a film noir private eye named Sam Ace. This is an obvious reference to Sam Spade, a classic film noir private eye once played by Humphrey Bogart. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of "Chicago Jones" movie clip, the girl is bare-legged. At the end, she complains about a run in her stocking. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Taylor: I believe this movie. A dude could jump off a mountain and not hurt himself, 'cause he did brace himself, and knew something about the levels of gravitivity and polarity.
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Connections

Spoofs Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Rags to Riches
Sung by Gregory 'Popeye' Alexander (as Gregory Alexander)
Written by Gregory 'Popeye' Alexander (as Gregory Alexander) & James Hopkins
Publisher Universe Communications
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Impressive Independent Film - Real and Funny
3 February 2004 | by (San Jose, California) – See all my reviews

Interesting and impressive, Hollywood Shuffle allows the characters to make the point that Townsend is making, without being too harsh or lecture-like. The film incorporates some great parody scenes such as the Siskel and Ebert inspired "Speed and Tyrone" where the reviewers sneak into movies.

Most impressive is the background to the film, which makes the finished product all the more impressive. Townsend's freshmen effort is a true success, and goes where few first timers are normally able to go.

8/10


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