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The Five Heartbeats [15th Anniversary] [WS] [DVD] [1991]

Release Date:01/10/2006

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (19 out of 19)

    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

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