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>
Did You Know?
The lives of several performing R&B groups and artists inspired this film: The Dells, The Temptations, Frankie Lymon and Sam Cooke according to Robert Townsend in a Mademe Noir Interview. Townsend says the crux of the story was based on the breakup of the Temptations which was an event he took personally. See more
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
Can't nobody sang like Eddie King Jr!
Baby Stop Running Around
Written by Michael Baker & Aisha Ahmad
Produced by George Duke
& Steve Tyrell
Performed by Bird and The Midnight Falcons
Lead Vocals by Michael Baker See more