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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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

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29 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los Heartbeats  »

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

As the group starts singing the acapella version "A Heart is a house for love", Leon (JT) starts off snapping his fingers on the wrong beat. See more »

Quotes

Sarge: Hold my cane. Step outside & I'll kick both of ya's ass like you stole something!
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Connections

References New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

We Haven't Finished Yet
Written by Tena Clark & Gary Prim
Produced by Tena Clark
Performed by Duck's Baby Sister
Lead Vocals by Tressa Thomas
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One of the best black themed musicals movies ever made
31 October 2001 | by (Woodbridge,VA) – See all my reviews

The Five Heartbeats is clearly one of the best black musicals ever made. The songs are catchy, it has heart and humor. Robert Townsend is clearly one of the most talnted black directors of our time and he proved it with this film. Check it out for a good timne.


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