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Though it's been some twenty years since they have spoken with one another, two estranged soul-singing legends agree to participate in a reunion performance at the Apollo Theater to honor their recently deceased band leader.


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When R&B legend Marcus Hooks dies suddenly, VH-1 invites his original back up duo, Floyd Henderson and Louis Hinds, "The Real Deal," to appear at a memorial tribute at the Apollo Theater. Floyd, who's bored in retirement, wants this more than anything; Louis, a philosophical ex-con, does not. Plus, there's bad blood between them (Louis's wife Odetta left him to marry Floyd - then left Floyd). Floyd begs, Louis consents but won't fly, so they leave L.A. in Floyd's flashy Cadillac with five days to get to New York. On the road, they must get back their vocal chops, renew their friendship, and sort out the past. With Floyd's bad hip and Louis's bad kidneys, will they even make it? Written by <>

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Out of sync. Never out of style.


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, and sexual content including nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A tuti duó  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,401,605 (USA) (7 November 2008)


$12,081,447 (USA) (30 January 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final film of Isaac Hayes and Bernie Mac. Old Dogs (2009) was released later, but Mac's scenes were shot before Soul Men (2008). See more »


When Louis is in the Eldorado with Floyd, and they flash a silver .38 pistol. After they almost crash, the .38 is a black .22 pistol. See more »


Louis Hinds: [opens the door for Floyd to leave] get the fuck out.
Floyd Henderson: Well, I guess you don't give a fuck about the money then, huh?
Louis Hinds: What money? It's a funeral! Don't nobody get paid to sing at no damn funeral!
[suddenly looks at Louis and raises his eyebrows]
Louis Hinds: How much?
Floyd Henderson: Forty grand.
Louis Hinds: [closes the door] Apiece?
Floyd Henderson: No, down the middle.
Louis Hinds: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO. That ain't even enough.
Floyd Henderson: The fuck you mean "that's not enough", man?
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References Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »


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Written by Johnny Lee Schell (as Johnny Schell)
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3 February 2009 | by (Bourgas, Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

When I first saw the movie, I was completely blown away from this movie! It is absolutely hilarious! This is one of the most funny movies I have ever watched. Bernie Mac was absolutely terrific in the movie. I haven't seen this kind of performance for years. I Can't even fully describe him...he is electrifying in Soul Men. For me he is one of the best comedians ever. I love it when he makes that crazy eye look.

The movie is by far the best comedy of 2008! It's full of the that typical humor in the "black" comedies. I have not been laughing as this for a long, long time! I Wanted to see this movie again and again, i can't stop watching it! If you look for a superb comedy - THIS IS THE MOVIE! Forget Burn after reading and all other so called comedies!

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