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The Five Heartbeats (1991)

R | | Drama, Music | 29 March 1991 (USA)
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The story of the rise and fall of an African American vocal group.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Duck
... Eddie
... J.T.
... Dresser
Tico Wells ... Choirboy
... Eleanor Potter
... Sarge
... Duck's Baby Sister
John Canada Terrell ... Michael 'Flash' Turner
Chuck Patterson ... Jimmy Potter
... Big Red
... Bird
... Baby Doll (as Troy Beyer)
Carla Brothers ... Tanya Sawyer
... 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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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29 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Los Heartbeats  »

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$8,750,400
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1.85 : 1
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Michael Wright's character's name is popularly mispronounced as Eddie "Kane", or "Caine", because of the southern drawl. However, his name is actually Eddie King, Jr. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie's dad is telling him he will not amount to anything you can see that his moustache is falling off of his face. See more »

Quotes

Sarge: Hold my cane. Step outside & I'll kick both of ya's ass like you stole something!
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Soundtracks

Stay in My Corner
Written by Wade Flemons, Bobby Miller & Barrett Strong
Performed by The Dells
Courtesy of MCA Records
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real, honest, memorable
18 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Five Heartbeats was a real, honest, remarkable film. It was packed with emotion. Well acted by all involved. A must see to appreciate! The portrayals on the members in the group were believable. It is my understanding that this is a story based upon the popular singing group, "The Dells". I don't know how true it is. I feel that Robert Townsend not only acted well in this film but, he did a fantastic job in directing it, too. To me, it's one of if not the best piece of work that he has done. I also enjoyed his film, "The Hollywood Shuffle" but the Five Heartbeats is my overall favorite. Kudos to Mr. Townsend for a job well done and may we say his greatest works are yet to come. Thank you Mr. Townsend and I hope to meet you one day!


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