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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for language
Did You Know?
The scene where Big Red beats up and dangles a singer out of a window over royalties is alleged to have actually happened to Jackie Wilson
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During the talent show, as Choir Boy is returning to the stage (after being booed off), both JT and Duck stop singing and momentarily turn to him. Although their lips have clearly stopped moving, the song continues (it wasn't Dresser and Eddie doing the chorus, since Dresser is singing bass and Eddie is doing lead). See more
Hold my cane. Step outside & I'll kick both of ya's ass like you stole something!
Arranged by Jennifer Holliday
& Jerry Peters
Produced by George Duke
Lead Vocals by Jennifer Holliday See more