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
Don Reed ...
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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Trivia

John Witherspoon improvised the "ho-cake" monologue. See more »

Goofs

In the outside clip right before Bobby gets the call for a callback, the car in the shot outside was not parked, it was preparing to reverse out to the street. The shot looks like a leftover shot supposedly used for the beginning intro sequence. See more »

Quotes

Speed: Welcome to Sneakin' In The Movies. My name is Speed and this is my homeboy Tyrone. And we are like movie critics and shit
Tyrone: Well not really. Peep this. Each week me and my boy, you know, we go to different theaters and stuff and sneak in and check out the movie.
Speed: Then we come back and tell you all what's up. Like if you should pay money and shit.
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Spoofs Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »

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There's a Bat in My House
(Batty Boy's Theme)
Sung by Robert Townsend
Music and Lyrics by Robert Townsend
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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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