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The Five Heartbeats (1991)

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

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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
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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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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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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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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

Towards the End of Flash and the Ebony Sparks performance, the background singer on the left goes from being Shirtless to unbuttoning the shirt to open shirt and back again. He's pretty quick! See more »

Quotes

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

In the Middle
Written by K. Jones, K. Salas, D. Austin & K. Phillips
Produced by George Duke & Steve Tyrell
Performed by Flash and The Five Heartbeats
Lead Vocals by Demetrius Harvey
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Film was loosely based on The Dells
27 February 2004 | by (california) – See all my reviews

On almost all the comments everyone assumes this film is based on The Temptations. Which is a fair assumption given The Temps' lead singer David Ruffin had a serious drug problem,as did the 'Hearts in this film.

This film is actually based on a group named The Dells. The Dells started recording in 1953 (as The El-Rays, and changed to the Dells in '55). They have atleast 3to4 dozen R&B hits in every decade from the 1950s to the 90s. Everything in the Film except for the lead singer being a drug addict is based on their experiences. As with most Hollywood films somethings were embelished for Dramatic effect. The Dells also sang just about every song the soundtrack. The theme song "A Heart Is A House For Love" was a #13 R&B in 1991. Happy to say the Dells are still performing and recording together after 51 years, with no personell changes since 1957. The Dells served as Technical advisors on the film, and at the end of the credits they show a picture of them and the Film is dedicated to them.


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