The Five Heartbeats Movie Review 1991

Information and Film Reviews for The Five Heartbeats the Movie

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Well told story of five black singers in the 1960s, their successes and failures as a group and as individuals. Although every horror story of the music business is included, the story remains fresh and the acting excellent. Music is fine, but secondary to the people. Well written characters with few cliches. Skillfully directed by Townsend (of "Hollywood Shuffle") who did research by talking to the Dells. Less than memorable showing at the boxoffice but fun and entertaining.


Fox Home Entertainment, PO Box 900, Beverly Hills, CA 90213, Phone: (310)369-3900, Toll-free: 888-223-4FOX, Fax: (310)369-5811, URL:, Remarks: Also known as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 122 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Comedy Drama, Rock Flicks, Price of Fame, Buddies, African America, Struggling Musicians, New Black Cinema
Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans
Robert Townsend, Tressa Thomas, Michael Wright, Harry J. Lennix, Diahann Carroll, Leon, Hawthorne James, Chuck Patterson, Roy Fegan, Tico Wells, John Canada Terrell, Harold Nicholas, Paul Benjamin, Norma Donaldson, Eugene Glazer
Bill Dill
Robert Townsend
Stanley Clarke
20th Century-Fox

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