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The Five Heartbeats (1991)

 -  Drama | Music  -  29 March 1991 (USA)
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The story of the rise and fall of an African American vocal group.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Duck
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Eddie
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J.T.
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Dresser
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Choirboy
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Eleanor Potter
Harold Nicholas ...
Sarge
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Duck's Baby Sister
John Canada Terrell ...
Michael 'Flash' Turner
Chuck Patterson ...
Jimmy Potter
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Big Red
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Bird
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Baby Doll (as Troy Beyer)
Carla Brothers ...
Tanya Sawyer
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Rose
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Storyline

In the early 1960's, a quintet of hopeful young African American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats. After an initially rocky start, the group improve, turn pro, and rise to become a top flight music sensation. Along the way however, the guys learn many hard lessons about the reality of the music industry with it's casual racism and greed while the personal weaknesses of the members threaten to destroy the integrity of the band. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for language
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29 March 1991 (USA)  »

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$8,750,400 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Wright's character's name is popularly mispronounced as Eddie "Kane", or "Caine", because of the southern drawl. However, his name is actually Eddie King, Jr. See more »

Goofs

When Duck and his sister are singing "We Haven't Finished Yet", she sings "We can't let go", but her mouth doesn't follow the "Oh no, no" on the track. See more »

Quotes

Sarge: Hold my cane. Step outside & I'll kick both of ya's ass like you stole something!
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Connections

References New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

America
Performed by Duck
Lead Vocals by Robert Townsend
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Wonderful film!!!!
28 January 2004 | by (Ypslianti, MI) – See all my reviews

This is a great film. It displays the passion and purity if music during that time and a real world depiction of the music world even today. Robert Townsend did a wonderful job of taken the story of a great group and telling it in a "cinemagraphic" manner. By far one of the best biographical films to date.


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