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The Five Heartbeats (1991)

R | | 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

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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 | See all certifications »

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29 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Los Heartbeats  »

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

The song Didn't I Blow Your Mind (This Time) wasn't released until 1971. This movie was supposedly set in the 60s. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie and "Bobby" are escaping from the card game, "Bobby" bounces off a light blue Pontiac Firebird, but this scene is set in 1965, and the Firebird wasn't released until the 1967 model year. See more »

Quotes

Eddie: Can't nobody sang like Eddie King Jr!
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Connections

References New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time
Written by Thom Bell (as Thomas Bell) & William Hart
Performed by The Delfonics
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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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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