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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

De La Soul sampled the "Why do we have to cross over?/Why are niggas always crossing over, huh?/I mean, what's the matter?/They can accept our music as long as they can't see our faces?" dialogue for their song "Patti Dooke" from their 1993 album "Buhloone Mindstate." See more »

Goofs

In the restaurant scene when Duck asked the girl her phone number she said 555-.... In the 1960s phone numbers had five numbers preceded by two letters. See more »

Quotes

Big Red: Tell Jimmy he can't hide.
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References New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

We Haven't Finished Yet
Written by Tena Clark & Gary Prim
Produced by Tena Clark
Lead Vocals by Patti LaBelle with Billy Valentine and Tressa Thomas
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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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