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Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

 -  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
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle  »

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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

A headshot of actress Helen Martin can be seen behind Robert Townsend at his big audition. See more »

Goofs

In the "Chicago Jones" movie clip, the girl has on a white dress, in the split second that they are shown jumping, she has a red dress on. See more »

Quotes

Body Guard #2: [inspecting the limo] A bomb!
Body Guard #1: No, that's the muffler.
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Connections

Spoofs Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Rebels of the Night
Sung by Richard McGregor (as R. McGregor), Angela Teek (as A. Teek), Roy Fegan (as R. Fegan),
Dom Irrera (as D. Irrera)
Music by Bruce Cecil, Morris O'Connor
Lyrics by Bruce Cecil, Robert Townsend
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A Super Classic!
21 May 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

There seems to be a real mix of reviews for this movie. It seems either people really like it or really hate it. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground on this one. For me, it has been one of my all-time favourites. I am amazed that Robert Townsend made this '80s classic on a shoestring budget & with credit cards to boot! In all the comedy, there is a serious message of how blacks are perceived in Hollywood & the roles that they would receive during the '80s. Even though things have changed a little bit, this movie is still a fun parody & demonstrates to me the skills Robert Townsend has to pull off a movie with what he had at the time, and make it look like it has a decent budget. This is another movie that I am glad to see available on DVD, for it's a movie you can watch over & over again.


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