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The Five Heartbeats


Rated: 7.6
Run time: 121 min
Director: Robert Townsend
Actors: Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry Lennix, Tico Wells, Diahann Carroll, Harold Nicholas, Tressa Thomas, John Canada Terrell, Chuck Patterson, Hawthorne James, Roy Fegan, Troy Byer, Carla Brothers, Deborah Lacey, Theresa Randle, John Witherspoon, Anne-Marie Johnson, Lisa Mende, Bobby McGee, Don Barnes, O.L. Duke, Lamont Johnson, Arnold Johnson, Veronica Redd, David McKnight, Phyllis Applegate, Paul Benjamin, Marilyn Coleman, Norma Donaldson, Harris Peet, Kasi Lemmons, Monique Mannen, Suzanne Suter, Gigi Bolden, Kathleen Mitchell, Ron Jaxon, Recoe Walker, Wayne 'Crescendo' Ward, Gregory 'Popeye' Alexander, Bobby Mardis, Jimmy Woodard, Brian Bradley, Michael Conn, Barry Diamond, Carl Edwards, Joey Gaynor, Roger Rose, James Anderson, Fred Asparagus, Randy Harris, Al Simon, Tammy Townsend, Shannon Chambers, Devin C. Huff, Lakisha Luke, Jeannel Phillips White, Kamar Phillips White, Brandon Wright, Christopher Bradley, Aaron J. Galang, Harry Stanback, Tiffanique Webb, Eugene Robert
Year: 1991


In the early 1960's, a quintet of hopeful young African American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats. After an initially rocky start, the group improve, turn pro, and rise to become a top flight music sensation. Along the way however, the guys learn many hard lessons about the reality of the music industry with it's casual racism and greed while the personal weaknesses of the members threaten to destroy the integrity of the band. Written by Kenneth Chisholm