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The Five Heartbeats

The Five Heartbeats (1991)

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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

Jan 22, 2002

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The rise and fall of a flashy, fictional 1960s rock group.

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The charitable might be tempted to describe The Five Heartbeats as wholesome and well-intentioned -- but so is a 6-year-old who just crayon-scrawled "I love cookies" on the living room wall.

February 5, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
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An underrated drama about the ups and downs of a Temptations-like r&b group with solid acting and fine music. If you haven't seen it, rent it. It's worth it.

October 19, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A once or future 'VH1 movie that rocks.'

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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SOULFULLY delightful...see this the go to "Dreamgirls"... as a follow up...you will...float on a soulful cloud. See it!
September 23, 2008
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