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The Five Heartbeats [15th Anniversary] [WS] [DVD] [Eng/Fre/Spa] [1991]
  • SKU: 7548095
  • Release Date: 01/10/2006
  • Rating: R
  • 4.9 (15)
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 15)

Special Features

  • Bonus footage viewing option - see the filming of exclusive deleted scenes as you watch the movie
  • Robert Townsend profile
  • Original "making-of" featurette
  • 5 all-new featurettes: "Meet the Five Heartbeats," "The Director's Process," "In the Studio," "The Look," & "The Nomination"
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Closed Captioned


The Five Heartbeats
Loosely based on the life and times of several R&B artists (The Dells, The Temptations, Frankie Lymon, Sam Cooke and others) The Five Heartbeats traces the rise and fall of a popular African-American 1950s singing aggregation. The story is told from the point of view of one of the "Heartbeats," played by Robert Townsend (who also co-produced, directed and co-wrote the script with Keenan Ivory Waynans). The film is an amalgam of anecdotes drawn from real-life experiences: the long struggle upward, the first rush of success, the dishonest record-company executives, the hard-nosed but nurturing managers, the sex, the drugs, the isolation and the precipitous downward slide. The film begins and ends in the 1990s, as the middle-aged "Duck" (Townsend) ruminates on the past and makes the best of the present. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert Townsend
    Robert Townsend - Duck
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    Michael Wright - Eddie
  • Leon
    Leon - J.T.
  • Harry J. Lennix
    Harry J. Lennix - Dresser
  • Tico Wells
    Tico Wells - Choirboy

Overall Customer Rating

4.9 (15 Reviews)
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