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Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

R | | Comedy | 20 March 1987 (USA)
An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity, dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, the film takes a satiric look at African American actors in Hollywood.

Director:

Robert Townsend

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Townsend ... Bobby Taylor / Jasper / Speed / Sam Ace / Rambro
Craigus R. Johnson Craigus R. Johnson ... Stevie Taylor
Helen Martin ... Bobby's Grandmother
Starletta DuPois ... Bobby's Mother
Marc Figueroa Marc Figueroa ... Sitcom Father / Client #2
Sarah Kaite Coughlan Sarah Kaite Coughlan ... Sitcom Girlfriend / Rehearsing Actress (as Sarah Kate Coughlin)
Sean Michal Flynn Sean Michal Flynn ... Sitcom Boyfriend
Brad Sanders Brad Sanders ... Batty Boy
David McKnight ... Uncle Ray
Keenen Ivory Wayans ... Donald / Jheri Curl
Lou B. Washington Lou B. Washington ... Tiny (as Ludie Washington)
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Lydia / Willie Mae / Hooker #5
Don Reed ... Maurice
Kim Wayans ... Customer in Chair
Gregory 'Popeye' Alexander Gregory 'Popeye' Alexander ... Pimp / Eddie Murphy-Type
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Storyline

Bobby Taylor wants to be a respected actor. From Sam Spade to Shakespeare to superheros, he can do it all. He just has to convince Hollywood that gangstas, slaves and "Eddie Murphy-types" aren't the sum of his talents. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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Taglines:

Bobby Taylor was on his way to becoming a star, when a funny thing happened.....

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,228,617
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Conquering Unicorn See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the film, just after Bobby Taylor walks into the TinselTown Pictures offices, there is a close-up of the interview sheet showing his appointment for 10:30. The other names on the sheet are the actual names of other actors appearing in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the "Chicago Jones" movie clip, the girl is wearing a white dress. When they jump, her dress is red. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Ray: There ain't nothin to it but to do it.
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Connections

Featured in A Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Rebels of the Night
Sung by Richard McGregor (as R. McGregor), Angela Teek (as A. Teek), Roy Fegan (as R. Fegan),
Dom Irrera (as D. Irrera)
Music by Bruce Cecil, Morris O'Connor
Lyrics by Bruce Cecil, Robert Townsend
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It's quite a story . . .
30 March 2001 | by harry-76See all my reviews

. . . just the idea of having the audacity to finance a major movie using one's credit cards. And while it's unclear what those card companies thought of the project, the movie-going public are the recipients.

Robert Townsend, infant terrible of the late 80s makes a splashy, dynamic debut in "Hollywood Shuffle." There's no doubting Townsend's unbridled energy, imagination, and punch. Here's a man who has something to say, and uses comedy, parody and satire to make his points.

How the film will appeal depends on individual tastes. However, Townsend has assembled a good looking cast, which throws itself into the proceedings with enthusiasm and verve.

More power, Mr. Townsend.


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