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Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

R  |   |  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

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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20 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle  »

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$100,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,228,617 (USA)
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Trivia

At the end of the film, the audience sees a flying black superhero, played by Robert Townsend. 6 years later, he would star as a flying black superhero, The Meteor Man. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) When the casting directors say they want the lead actor to act like Eddie Murphy, some of the shots are reversed. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Ray: There ain't nothin to it but to do it.
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Spoofs Siskel & Ebert (1986) 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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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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