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


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)


$5,228,617 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Townsend put US$40,000 of the film's US$100,000 budget on ten personal credit cards. He got free film stock by splicing together leftovers from the production of Odd Jobs (1986) and Ratboy (1986). The 17 days of shooting were spread over two years, between Townsend's tours as a stand-up comedian. See more »


Helen Martin's head shot, visible in one shot at Jimmy's big audition, is replaced by another comp card after a cut. See more »


The guy from the Dirty Larry clip: What you say, honky sucker pig-head jive-turkey fool?
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References Trading Places (1983) See more »


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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10 August 2003 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

I've forced this film on all my friends and there isn't one who regrets seeing it. A couple haven't been that enthusiastic at first; thought it was all right but didn't understand the fuss I make about it, but the next day they'll want to watch it again.

I find it pretty embarrassing when someone quotes the inevitable Austin Powers, but for months after seeing this film I just couldn't help it - probably the reason I had to get everyone I know to watch it.

Some films have great scenes and some are just good films; this is both. Genuinely funny with real heart.

Say it with me now: WINKY DINKY DOGGG.

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