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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 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)  »

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

Producer/director/star Robert Townsend put US$40,000 of the film's US$100,000 budget on ten personal credit cards, and obtained free film stock by splicing together leftovers from the production of Odd Jobs (1986) and Ratboy (1986), in which he had appeared. The 17 days of shooting were spread over two years, since he had to tour as a stand-up comedian whenever he could not afford to continue production. 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

Bobby Taylor: We give "Dirty Larry" the finger!
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References Mommie Dearest (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A clever, underappreciated satire
18 June 2000 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

Robert Townsend's independent debut is a light-hearted farce that explores the struggles of black actors of Hollywood. But the issues that the film could be applied to talented folks in any field who are prevented from reaching their full potential because of stereotypes.

Many of the cast were unknowns at the time but they did an excellent job in the various skits. My favorite is the parody of Siskel and Ebert's TV show, where two street hoods sneak into the movies to give their own rather unique reviews. Amadeus is slammed by the amateur critics because "the movie's title is too hard to pronounce" while a movie about Zombie Street Pimps is given the thumbs up, because of the attention to detail. This is typical of the kind of humor employed throughout the movie - Townsend takes a racial stereotype and turns it outside out, making us think and laugh out loud at the same time.

I wish more directors, black or not, would follow Townsend's personal, self-effacing approach to movie-making but I guess it's easier to produce yet another violent shoot-em up or special effects showcase. Oh well.


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