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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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In Theaters:
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Studio:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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Cast

Tico Wells
as Choirboy
Leon
as J.T.
Harry Lennix
as Dresser
Diahann Carroll
as Eleanor Potter
The Nicholas Brothers
as Ernest 'Sarge' Johnson
Tressa Thomas
as Duck's Baby Sister
John Canada Terrell
as Michael `Flash' Turner
Chuck Patterson
as Jimmy Potter
Roy Fegan
as Bird
Troy Beyer
as Baby Doll
Carla Brothers
as Tanya Sawyer
John Witherspoon
as Wild Rudy
Anne-Marie Johnson
as Sydney Todd
Lisa Mende
as Marcia Sayles
Don Barnes
as Lester
O.L. Duke
as Monroe
Lamont Johnson
as Bobby Cassanova
Arnold Johnson
as Mr. Matthews
Tommy Townsend
as Matthew's Kid
Veronica Redd
as Mrs. Matthews
David McKnight
as Pastor Stone
Phyllis Applegate
as Myra Stone
Paul Benjamin
as Mr. King
Marilyn Coleman
as Mrs. King
Norma Donaldson
as Mrs. Sawyer
Harris Peet
as Phil Shumway
Kasi Lemmons
as Cookie
Monique Mannen
as Sandra Tillman
Suzanne Suter
as Member of The Crystals
Gigi Bolden
as Member of The Crystals
Kathleen Mitchell
as Member of The Crystals
Ron Jaxson
as Member of The Ebony Sparks
Recoe Walker
as Member of The Ebony Sparks
Gregory "Popeye" Alexander
as Midnight Falcon
Bob Mardis
as Member of The Midnight Falcons
Jimmy Woodard
as Member of The Midnight Falcons
Brian Bradley
as Member of The Five Horsemen
Mike Conn
as Member of The Five Horsemen
Barry Diamond
as Member of The Five Horsemen
Carl Edwards
as Member of The Five Horsemen
Joey Gaynor
as Member of The Five Horsemen
Roger Rose
as Member of The Five Horsemen
James Anderson
as Member of Big Red's Guys
Freddie Asparagus
as Member of Big Red's Guys
Randy 'Roughhouse' Harris
as Member of Big Red's Guys
Al Simon
as Member of Big Red's Guys
Tammy Townsend
as Member of Matthew's Kids
Shannon Chambers
as Member of Matthew's Kids
Devin C. Huff
as Member of Matthew's Kids
Wayne "Crescendo" Ward
as Ebony Sparks
Lakisha Luke
as Member of Matthew's Kids
Jeannel Phillips White
as Member of Matthew's Kids
Fred Asparagus
as Big Red's Guy
Kamar Phillips White
as Member of Matthew's Kids
Brandon Wright
as Member of Matthew's Kids
Christopher Bradley
as Theatre Security Man
Aaron J. Galang
as Theatre Security Man
Harry Stanback
as Speakeasy Guy
Tiffanique Webb
as Speakeasy Girl
Timmie Rogers
as Buddy Lewis
Craig Eisner
as Jimmy's Doorman
Tommy Redmond Hicks
as Pastor Blake
David Drummond
as Policeman
Griff Ruggles
as Policeman
Joel Weiss
as St. George Hotel Doorman
Regina McLeod
as Jackie
Shanel Cason
as J.T.'s Little Girl
Jimmy Jackson
as Little Duck
Alexis Johnson
as Little Girl
John Pittman
as Hitman
Vince Isaac
as Hitman
Ron Smith
as Poker Player
Frank Fontaine
as Poker Player
Donnie Simpson
as Himself
Eugene Robert Glazer
as David Green
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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 5, 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

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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