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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

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
Sarah Kaite Coughlan ...
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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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,228,617 (USA)
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Trivia

Shot without permits. The crew wore UCLA T-shirts so they could pass themselves off as students learning how to film in the field. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mr. Jones: Winky Dinky Dog - isn't that beautiful? C'mon, say it with me: Winky... Dinky... DOG! Oh, yes. Oh, oh oh...
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Connections

Featured in The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Closer to You
Sung by Howard Smith and Patrice Rushen
Music by Patrice Rushen
Lyrics by Patrice Rushen and Sheree Brown
Publisher Baby Fingers Music/Shownbreree Music
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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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