The Five Heartbeats (1991)

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This tuneful drama looks back upon the career of a fictional rhythm & blues group and chronicles their rise and fall. Filmmaker Robert Townsend based much of his plot on the true stories and experiences from several popular '60s soul groups including the Temptations and the Dells.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Studio:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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Cast

Diahann Carroll
as Eleanor Potter
Troy Beyer
as Baby Doll
Lamont Johnson
as Bobby Cassanova
Kasi Lemmons
as Cookie
John Witherspoon
as Wild Rudy
Arnold Johnson
as Mr. Matthews
Tommy Redmond Hicks
as Pastor Blake
James Anderson
as Member of Big Red's Guys
Eugene Robert Glazer
as David Green
Roger Rose
as Member of The Five Horsemen
Anne-Marie Johnson
as Sydney Todd
Leon
as J.T.
O.L. Duke
as Monroe
Carla Brothers
as Tanya Sawyer
David Drummond
as Policeman
Paul Benjamin
as Mr. King
Christopher Bradley
as Theatre Security Man
David McKnight
as Pastor Stone
Tammy Townsend
as Member of Matthew's Kids
Fred Asparagus
as Big Red's Guy
Monique Mannen
as Sandra Tillman
John Canada Terrell
as Michael `Flash' Turner
Tico Wells
as Choirboy
Marilyn Coleman
as Mrs. King
Frank Fontaine
as Poker Player
Randy Harris
as Big Red's Guy
Norma Donaldson
as Mrs. Sawyer
Roy Fegan
as Bird
Harry Lennix
as Dresser
Ron Smith
as Poker Player
Chuck Patterson
as Jimmy Potter
Brian Bradley
as Member of The Five Horsemen
Joey Gaynor
as Member of The Five Horsemen
Joel Weiss
as St. George Hotel Doorman
Harris Peet
as Phil Shumway
Tommy Townsend
as Matthew's Kid
Carl Edwards
as Member of The Five Horsemen
Barry Diamond
as Member of The Five Horsemen
Veronica Redd
as Mrs. Matthews
Craig Eisner
as Jimmy's Doorman
Lisa Mende
as Marcia Sayles
Don Barnes
as Lester
Jimmy Jackson
as Little Duck
Jimmy Woodard
as Member of The Midnight Falcons
Donnie Simpson
as Himself
The Nicholas Brothers
as Ernest 'Sarge' Johnson
Harry Stanback
as Speakeasy Guy
Wayne "Crescendo" Ward
as Ebony Sparks
Phyllis Applegate
as Myra Stone
Gigi Bolden
as Member of The Crystals
Shanel Cason
as J.T.'s Little Girl
Shannon Chambers
as Member of Matthew's Kids
Mike Conn
as Member of The Five Horsemen
Aaron J. Galang
as Theatre Security Man
Devin C. Huff
as Member of Matthew's Kids
Ron Jaxson
as Member of The Ebony Sparks
Alexis Johnson
as Little Girl
Lakisha Luke
as Member of Matthew's Kids
Bob Mardis
as Member of The Midnight Falcons
Regina McLeod
as Jackie
Kathleen Mitchell
as Member of The Crystals
John Pittman
as Hitman
Timmie Rogers
as Buddy Lewis
Griff Ruggles
as Policeman
Al Simon
as Member of Big Red's Guys
Suzanne Suter
as Member of The Crystals
Tressa Thomas
as Duck's Baby Sister
Recoe Walker
as Member of The Ebony Sparks
Tiffanique Webb
as Speakeasy Girl
Jeannel Phillips White
as Member of Matthew's Kids
Kamar Phillips White
as Member of Matthew's Kids
Brandon Wright
as Member of Matthew's Kids
Gregory "Popeye" Alexander
as Midnight Falcon
Freddie Asparagus
as Member of Big Red's Guys
Randy 'Roughhouse' Harris
as Member of Big Red's Guys
Vince Isaac
as Hitman
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Critic Reviews for The Five Heartbeats

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | February 22, 2011
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.

Full Review… | February 4, 2006
DVDTalk.com

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.'

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
Film Freak Central

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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January 11, 2007
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Five Heartbeats

Thats bullshit! This was one of the best movies of the 90's. I had all the elements of life! I almost forget these guys are acting! I love them!

amenra mccarthy
amenra mccarthy

Nothing spectacular but entertaining nonetheless. The Five Heartbeats would have been much more affective if it were a true story but as is some decent performances made this film, even with its made for tv production value, enjoyable enough for fans of music.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

Critics can sometimes get it sooo wrong. This is a fun and entertaining film with great music and performance numbers. See it!!

Michael  Bryant
Michael Bryant

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