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The Five Heartbeats (1991)

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

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Robert Townsend
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Townsend ... Duck
Michael Wright ... Eddie
Leon ... J.T.
Harry Lennix ... Dresser
Tico Wells Tico Wells ... Choirboy
Diahann Carroll ... Eleanor Potter
Harold Nicholas ... Sarge
Tressa Thomas ... Duck's Baby Sister
John Canada Terrell John Canada Terrell ... Michael 'Flash' Turner
Chuck Patterson Chuck Patterson ... Jimmy Potter
Hawthorne James ... Big Red
Roy Fegan ... Bird
Troy Byer ... Baby Doll (as Troy Beyer)
Carla Brothers Carla Brothers ... Tanya Sawyer
Deborah Lacey ... Rose
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Storyline

In the early 1960's, a quintet of hopeful young African American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats. After an initially rocky start, the group improve, turn pro, and rise to become a top flight music sensation. Along the way however, the guys learn many hard lessons about the reality of the music industry with it's casual racism and greed while the personal weaknesses of the members threaten to destroy the integrity of the band. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los Heartbeats See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,750,400
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie starts off in 1965. The Delfonics song, "Didn't I Blow Your Mind (This Time)" wasn't released until 1971 See more »

Goofs

When JT and Flash are singing "Just in Case"; both of their mouths are moving when they recite the lyrics "... come back to me." Except only Flash's voice is actually heard. See more »

Quotes

Eddie: Can't nobody sang like Eddie King Jr!
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Soundtracks

We Haven't Finished Yet
Written by Tena Clark & Gary Prim
Produced by Tena Clark
Performed by Duck's Baby Sister
Lead Vocals by Tressa Thomas
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One of the best black themed musicals movies ever made
31 October 2001 | by DunnDeeDaGreatSee all my reviews

The Five Heartbeats is clearly one of the best black musicals ever made. The songs are catchy, it has heart and humor. Robert Townsend is clearly one of the most talnted black directors of our time and he proved it with this film. Check it out for a good timne.


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