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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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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

Diahann Carroll turned down a role in Boyz n the Hood (1991) to appear in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Duck is eating Kentucky Fried Chicken in the hallway of the hotel, the logo on the bucket of Colonel Sanders is clearly one that did not exist until the 1980's. 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

La La (Means I Love You)
Written by Thom Bell (as Thomas Bell) & William Hart
Performed by The Delfonics
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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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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