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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 ... Sitcom Girlfriend / Rehearsing Actress (as Sarah Kate Coughlin)
Sean Michal Flynn Sean Michal Flynn ... Sitcom Boyfriend
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 »

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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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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

When the casting directors say they want the lead actor to act like Eddie Murphy, some of the shots are reversed. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Taylor: There's always work at the post office.
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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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A clever, underappreciated satire
18 June 2000 | by slaususe2See all my reviews

Robert Townsend's independent debut is a light-hearted farce that explores the struggles of black actors of Hollywood. But the issues that the film could be applied to talented folks in any field who are prevented from reaching their full potential because of stereotypes.

Many of the cast were unknowns at the time but they did an excellent job in the various skits. My favorite is the parody of Siskel and Ebert's TV show, where two street hoods sneak into the movies to give their own rather unique reviews. Amadeus is slammed by the amateur critics because "the movie's title is too hard to pronounce" while a movie about Zombie Street Pimps is given the thumbs up, because of the attention to detail. This is typical of the kind of humor employed throughout the movie - Townsend takes a racial stereotype and turns it outside out, making us think and laugh out loud at the same time.

I wish more directors, black or not, would follow Townsend's personal, self-effacing approach to movie-making but I guess it's easier to produce yet another violent shoot-em up or special effects showcase. Oh well.


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