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The Five Heartbeats -- The story of the rise and fall of an African American vocal group.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Robert Townsend (written by) &
Keenen Ivory Wayans (written by)
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Release Date:
29 March 1991 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The story of the rise and fall of an African American vocal group. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Film was loosely based on The Dells See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Townsend ... Duck

Michael Wright ... Eddie

Leon ... J.T.

Harry Lennix ... Dresser

Tico Wells ... Choirboy

Diahann Carroll ... Eleanor Potter
Harold Nicholas ... Sarge

Tressa Thomas ... Duck's Baby Sister
John Canada Terrell ... Michael 'Flash' Turner
Chuck Patterson ... Jimmy Potter

Hawthorne James ... Big Red

Roy Fegan ... Bird

Troy Byer ... Baby Doll (as Troy Beyer)
Carla Brothers ... Tanya Sawyer

Deborah Lacey ... Rose

Theresa Randle ... Brenda

John Witherspoon ... Wild Rudy

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Sydney Todd
Lisa Mende ... Marcia Sayles

Bobby McGee ... Leon
Don Barnes ... Lester

O.L. Duke ... Monroe
Lamont Johnson ... Bobby Cassanova
Arnold Johnson ... Mr. Matthews
Veronica Redd ... Mrs. Matthews

David McKnight ... Pastor Stone
Phyllis Applegate ... Myra Stone
Paul Benjamin ... Mr. King
Marilyn Coleman ... Mrs. King
Norma Donaldson ... Mrs. Sawyer
Harris Peet ... Phil Shumway

Kasi Lemmons ... Cookie
Monique Mannen ... Sandra Tillman
Suzanne Suter ... The Crystals
Gigi Bolden ... The Crystals
Kathleen Mitchell ... The Crystals
Ron Jaxon ... The Ebony Sparks (as Ron Jaxson)
Recoe Walker ... The Ebony Sparks
Wayne 'Crescendo' Ward ... The Ebony Sparks
Gregory 'Popeye' Alexander ... The Midnight Falcons
Bobby Mardis ... The Midnight Falcons (as Bob Mardis)
Jimmy Woodard ... The Midnight Falcons
Brian Bradley ... The Five Horsemen
Michael Conn ... The Five Horsemen (as Mike Conn)
Barry Diamond ... The Five Horsemen
Carl Edwards ... The Five Horsemen
Joey Gaynor ... The Five Horsemen

Roger Rose ... The Five Horsemen
James Anderson ... Big Red's Guys
Fred Asparagus ... Big Red's Guys (as Freddie Asparagus)
Randy Harris ... Big Red's Guys (as Randy 'Roughhouse' Harris)
Al Simon ... Big Red's Guys

Tammy Townsend ... Matthew's Kids
Shannon Chambers ... Matthew's Kids
Devin C. Huff ... Matthew's Kids
Lakisha Luke ... Matthew's Kids
Jeannel Phillips White ... Matthew's Kids
Kamar Phillips White ... Matthew's Kids
Brandon Wright ... Matthew's Kids
Christopher Bradley ... Theater Security
Aaron J. Galang ... Theater Security
Harry Stanback ... Speakeasy Guy
Tiffanique Webb ... Speakeasy Girl

Eugene Robert Glazer ... David Green (as Eugene Glazer)
Timmie Rogers ... Buddy Lewis
Craig Eisner ... Jimmy's Doorman
Tommy Redmond Hicks ... Pastor Blake
David Drummond ... Policeman
Griff Ruggles ... Policeman

Joel Weiss ... St. George Hotel Doorman
Regina McLeod ... Jackie
Shanel Cason ... J.T.'s Little Girl
Jimmy Jackson ... Little Duck
Alexis Johnson ... Little Girl
John Pittman ... Hitman
Vincent J. Isaac ... Hitman (as Vince Isaac)
Ron Smith ... Poker Player
Frank Fontaine ... Poker Player

Donnie Simpson ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sam Dobbins ... Jimmy potters doorman (as Craig Eisner)

Robin Ray Eller ... Heartbeat Dancer (uncredited)

Eddie Griffin ... Ventriloquist (uncredited)
Michael Peters ... (uncredited)

Gina Ravera ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Townsend 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert Townsend (written by) &
Keenen Ivory Wayans (written by)

Produced by
Kokayi Ampah .... associate producer
Loretha C. Jones .... producer
Christina Schmidlin .... associate producer
Robert Townsend .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stanley Clarke 
 
Cinematography by
Bill Dill 
 
Film Editing by
John Carter 
 
Production Design by
Wynn Thomas 
 
Art Direction by
Don Diers 
 
Set Decoration by
Susan Raney 
Samara Schaffer 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter 
 
Makeup Department
Susan A. Cabral .... makeup artist: Diahann Carroll
Frank Fontaine .... assistant hair stylist
Arthur Johns .... hair stylist for Diahann Carroll
June Josef .... assistant makeup artist
LaLette Littlejohn .... assistant makeup artist
Edna Sheen .... makeup artist (as Edna Mae Sheen)
Ronald W. Smith .... key hair stylist (as Ron Smith)
Laini Thompson .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Nancy Israel .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sandra M. Middleton .... second assistant director
Joel Wang .... dga trainee
Richard A. Wells .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Carl Aldana .... storyboard artist
Kai Blomberg .... set dresser (as Kai Blumberg)
Will Blount .... property master
Christopher Carlson .... key set dresser
Carol Lee Davis .... scenic artist
Jennifer Dawson .... on-set dresser
Leslie Sue Dicker .... scenic artist (as Leslie Dicker)
Robert Eviangelisto .... set dresser: swing
Pat Garling .... assistant art director
Wendy Gayner .... scenic artist
Michael Gooch .... carpenter
James Hurd .... set dresser
Tim James .... set dresser: swing
Cindy Johnson .... buyer
Cindy Johnson .... set dresser
Anton Karprow .... carpenter
Erik Knight .... art department coordinator
Jeffrey Kushon .... lead person (as Jeff Kushon)
Stacy Lande .... scenic artist (as Stacey Lande)
Glenn Matayoshi .... property assistant
Roger Nall .... scenic artist
Brian Polk .... set dresser: extra swing
Michael Reinhart .... construction coordinator
Chris Santini .... carpenter
Karen Sorum .... scenic artist
Michael P. Sweeney .... set dresser (as Michael Sweeney)
Judith Wyle .... draftsperson
Kevin Taylor .... scenic painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Sara Bolder .... dialogue editor
Lynn Bopeley .... boom operator
David Brownlow .... production sound mixer
Tom Caton .... boom operator (as Huckleberry Caton)
Dan Engstrom .... assistant sound editor
Frank E. Eulner .... assistant sound editor (as Frank Eulner)
Ken Fischer .... sound effects editor
Rob Fruchtman .... dialogue editor
J.R. Grubbs .... assistant sound editor
Jane Hudson .... adr typist
Richard Hymns .... supervising sound editor
Donna Jaffe .... assistant sound editor
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Mary Helen Leasman .... foley editor
Brad Marshall .... sound: video crew
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Tom Myers .... foley recordist
Michael Silvers .... dialogue editor
Gary Summers .... re-recording mixer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist (as Dennis Thorpe)
Christina Tucker .... adr mixer (as Chris Tucker)
James Allen .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Tom Myers .... foley mixer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Branagan .... stunts
Alonzo Brown Jr. .... stunts
Harold Burns .... stunts
Bob K. Cummings .... stunts
Gregg Dandridge .... stunts
Mike De Luna .... stunts
Greg Wayne Elam .... additional stunt coordinator
Ousaun Elam .... stunts
Jimmy Lewis Jr. .... stunts
Irving E. Lewis .... stunts
Rusty McClennon .... stunts
Mark Orrison .... stunts
Rick Seaman .... stunts
John Sherrod .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Art Adams .... additional second assistant camera
Brian Adams .... additional second assistant camera
Dasal Banks .... camera operator: video crew
Brian Bernstein .... additional first assistant camera
Findlay Bunting .... additional first assistant camera
Joseph W. Calloway .... camera operator
Philippe Carr-Forster .... additional camera operator
Richard Clarkson .... first assistant camera
Michelle Colbert .... electrician
Ken Fisher .... assistant Steadicam operator
Warren Fox .... electrician
Aaron J. Galang .... grip
Vincent Galindez .... additional first assistant camera
Kirk R. Gardner .... Steadicam operator
Alan Gitlin .... additional first assistant camera
Mark Gutterud .... additional first assistant camera
Emil Hampton .... assistant Steadicam operator
Elisha Harris .... gaffer
Wendell Harris .... swing electrician
Chris Hayes .... additional camera operator
Frank James .... electrician
Frank James .... rigging gaffer
Stephanie F. Johnson .... electrician
Stan Keitt .... second assistant camera
Bob Leitelt .... grip
Cliff Lipson .... additional still photographer
Willie Mann .... best boy grip
Mike Moad .... dolly grip
Donald O'Hare .... video assist operator
Marie Pedersen .... first assistant camera
Les Percy .... key grip
Brian T. Pitts .... additional second assistant camera
Mark Rappaport .... grip
Eli Reed .... unit photographer
John Simmons .... additional camera operator
Adam Milo Smalley .... playback operator (as Adam Smalley)
Charles Smith .... grip
Kathina Szeto .... additional second assistant camera
Suzanne Tenner .... additional still photographer
Anthony Troy .... swing electrician
Joe Viles .... additional still photographer
O'Shana Walker .... best boy electric (as Oshanna Walker)
Riccardo Walker .... swing electrician
Philip Alan Waters .... additional camera operator (as Phil Waters)
Bob Witkowski .... additional still photographer
Tom Yatsko .... additional first assistant camera
Elizabeth Ziegler .... Steadicam operator
 
Casting Department
Michael G. Abrams .... casting associate: New York
Chemin Sylvia Bernard .... casting associate
Darin D. Brown .... casting assistant
Victor David .... extras casting assistant
C. Josetta Evans .... extras casting assistant
Sarah Hyde Hamlet .... additional casting associate: New York (as Sarah Hyde-Hamlet)
Dwayne Hargray .... extras casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Robyn M. Mitchell .... casting assistant
Marti Reese .... extras casting assistant
Ima Sumac Rosario .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darlene Jackson .... wardrobe supervisor
Darryle Johnson .... costumer
John Lemons .... costumer (as John K. Lemons)
Sharlene Williams .... costumer
Ceci .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
April Hunter .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Glenn Bell .... post-production assistant
Mia Farrell .... post-production assistant
Joanne Higgins .... post-production assistant
Kevin Lindstrom .... assistant editor
Donald Rounds .... editorial production assistant
Rex Stewart .... assistant editor
Darrell Upshaw .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Terry Coffey .... composer: additional music
Jeff Marsh .... orchestrator
David Slusser .... music editor
Adam Milo Smalley .... music editor (as Adam Smalley)
Brad Gilderman .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ted Basso .... production van driver
Greg Bauer .... driver
Louise Del Araujo .... driver
D.J. Gardiner .... driver
Krister C. Johnson .... driver
Chaz Merriam .... driver
Griff Ruggles .... transportation coordinator
Danny Westerberg .... driver
Craig Williams .... driver
Terry York .... driver: honeywagon
Jason Belsky .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David L. Aaron .... title designer
Matthew R. Altman .... production assistant
Kokayi Ampah .... location manager
Chris Bradley .... stand-in
Benita Brazier .... script supervisor
Effie Brown .... intern
Yule Caise .... betacam director
Frank Claridge .... police
Marsha Cole .... production assistant
Cleo Conder-Smith .... executive assistant to Ms. Jones
The Dells .... technical advisors
Rodney Dennis .... craft service
Wanda Earl .... executive assistant to Mr. Townsend
Antonio Franchi .... fueler
Antonio Franchi .... mechanic
Beverlyn Fray .... production assistant
Edgar Godineaux .... assistant choreographer
Diane Gutterud .... production office coordinator
Lota Hairston-Hadley .... production assistant
Robert Heine .... stand-in
Cliff Howard .... stand-in
Carol Hunt .... production assistant
Graig Hutchison .... production auditor
Terry Jackson .... intern
Judy Johnson .... craft service
Neil Kundworth .... production assistant
Lucy Kwak .... intern
Kojo Lewis .... co-location manager
Jonas C. Matz .... medic
Regina McLeod .... production assistant
Sharon Park .... intern
Mathew Pearson .... intern
Brian Peterson .... graphics assistant
John Pitman .... stand-in
Pamela Poitier .... assistant location manager
Carlos Ramírez .... location assistant
Harry Stanback .... security officer
Allison Stovall .... intern
Suzanne Suter .... director: vhs video
Dennis E. Tindall .... police
Lili Ungar .... publicist
Robert Wayne Vaupel .... assistant production office coordinator
Recoe Walker .... production assistant
Dee Watkins .... stand-in
Earl West .... assistant location manager
Martine White .... assistant location manager
 
Thanks
Solomon J. LeFlore .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
121 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Michael Wright's character's name is popularly mispronounced as Eddie "Kane", or "Caine", because of the southern drawl. However, his name is actually Eddie King, Jr.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the theater scene where Eddie asks if a heart is a house for love, when he says "Stand Up", the audio is about a half-second faster than the visual motion.See more »
Quotes:
Sarge:Hold my cane. Step outside & I'll kick both of ya's ass like you stole something!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Oh What a NightSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Film was loosely based on The Dells, 27 February 2004
Author: mikeydoowops from california

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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