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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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Craigus R. Johnson ...
Stevie Taylor
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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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Lou B. Washington ...
Tiny (as Ludie Washington)
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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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20 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle  »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,228,617
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the "Death of a Breakdancer" segment, Robert Townsend's character is a film noir private eye named Sam Ace. This is an obvious reference to Sam Spade, a classic film noir private eye once played by Humphrey Bogart. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of "Chicago Jones" movie clip, the girl is bare-legged. At the end, she complains about a run in her stocking. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Jones: The Winky Dinky Ho Cake... hoes gotta eat too.
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Connections

Featured in TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Not Just One in a Million
(Bobby's Theme)
Sung by Patrice Rushen
Music by Patrice Rushen
Lyrics by Patrice Rushen and Sheree Brown
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A Super Classic!
21 May 2002 | by 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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