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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language
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Release Date:

29 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los Heartbeats  »

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Box Office

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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

In a concert scene dated 1972, Duck appears onstage playing a keytar (a portable combination of a keyboard and guitar). The keytar was first commercially introduced in 1980. 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

I Love Joey
Written by Michael Baker & Aisha Ahmad
Produced by George Duke & Steve Tyrell
Performed by Babydoll & The Crystals
Lead Vocals by 'Troy Bailey' (as Troy Beyer)
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Masterpiece!!!
12 December 1999 | by (st.louis mo. usa) – See all my reviews

This film is a masterpiece, it combines an excellent cast, with motown style music, a great story, and a great film all around, Robert Townsend is a genius! after watching this film you get an idea of what it was like for bands struggling to make it to the top, and what happens when they get there, I highly reccomend this film!!!


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