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Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

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 ... 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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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

When Bobby is first sitting down while he waits to read for the part of Jimmy at the beginning of the film, the head shot photo just behind him shows three women (with possibly a fourth, which is obscured by his head.) After the talk with the other actor sitting next to him (immediately after he tells him "Don't sell out, brother. Don't be a butler or a slave") the picture immediately changes to one of his grandmother, likely representing the sudden pull of his conscience in reading for this type of role. See more »

Goofs

Helen Martin's head shot, visible in one shot at Jimmy's big audition, is replaced by another comp card after a cut. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Taylor: We give "Dirty Larry" the finger!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Closer to You
Sung by Howard Smith and Patrice Rushen
Music by Patrice Rushen
Lyrics by Patrice Rushen and Sheree Brown
Publisher Baby Fingers Music/Shownbreree Music
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A Hilarious look at the "black" stereotypes in Hollywood.
17 August 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Hollywood Shuffle (1987) was the directorial debut of Actor/ Director Robert Townshend. His self financed film Hollywood SHUFFLE pokes fun at the struggles many black actors face whilst looking for an acting career in Hollywood. It's sad as well because many of these stereotypes are still true to this day. While progress has been made in the American Movie Industry, they still need to make more progress. This film showed people how the Movie making business handles the majority of young black actors who're trying to make it in the movies.

The story is about a young, talented and aspiring actor who wants to make it in Hollywood as a director. But when he tries out for roles, he meets a lot of stumbling blocks. Many of these are about his racial background (i.e. he's not black enough, he's too black, doesn't act black, etc. etc.). Eventually he's offered a role but will he throw away his dignity to accept it? Can young Robert make it in Hollywood without "selling out"? Will his peer drag him down? To find out you'll just have to watch Hollywood SHUFFLE.

Highly recommended film.


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