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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Robert Townsend
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On DVD: Jan 22, 2002
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as Sydney Todd

as Big Red's Guy

as Marcia Sayles

as Lester

as Monroe

as Bobby Cassanova

as Mr. Matthews

as Mrs. Matthews

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as Mr. King

as Mrs. King

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as Phil Shumway

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Critic Reviews for The Five Heartbeats

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 29, 1991
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Five Heartbeats

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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!

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