5 Heartbeats

Directed By: Robert Townsend Starring: Michael Wright

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A musical journey depicting the lives of a group of talented musicians who begin chasing their star in mid-'60s motown.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202014702
UPC 024543225270
UPC 14 00024543225270
Format DVD
Release Date 7/5/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
1960s
Friends
Music (General)
Musicals/Music Videos
R&B/Soul
Race Relations
Recommended
Soul
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Actor-director Robert Townsend came to fame depicting the pitfalls of the Hollywood experience for black actors with his 1987 film HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE. Four years later, he took on the mid-'60s music scene with THE FIVE HEARTBEATS. After doing extensive research with long-lived pop/R&B group the Dells, he painted a cinematic scene of five young friends in the 60s who share the dream of making music. They journey together through three decades, experiencing all the ups and downs show business had to offer, intensified by the difficulties faces by black acts in the era of civil-rights protest. Interacting as everything from a close-knit musical family to occasional bitter rivals, the fictional Five Heartbeats experience both success and tragedy in this excellent film. The multi-talented Townshend functions as both director and star, alongside compelling performances by a cast that includes Leon and Diahann Caroll. Featuring a mix of original songs and classic Motown material, THE FIVE HEARTBEATS is an irresistible combination of music and drama that captures a unique period in American cultural history.
Reviews
New York Times "...Fundamental sweetness and sincerity....[In cameo, Harold Nicholas's] very presence expands the range of this film..." 03/29/1991 p.C14
Los Angeles Times "...Musically, THE FIVE HEARTBEATS is on target all the way. It's hard to remember a recent film that had so many warm-hearted, rousing, big-souled song numbers..." 03/29/1991 p.F1
Directors
Robert Townsend
Actors
Michael Wright
Cast & Crew
Bill Dill - Cinematographer
Diahann Carroll - Actor
John Carter - Editor
Keenen Ivory Wayans - Writer
Leon - Actor
Michael Wright - Actor
Robert Townsend - Director
Robert Townsend - Writer
Robert Townsend - Actor
Robert Townsend, et. al. - Producer
Stanley Clarke, et. al. - Original Music By
Wynn Thomas - Performer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1991
Catalog ID 2232527
UPC 00024543225270
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 121 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review A propulsive score, spirited choreography by Michael Peters and evocative sets and costumes help Townsend re-create musical history.
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ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review With that first-rate cast, it's a shame that Townsend wastes time covering the well-worn ground of what fame, money, booze, drugs and the wrong women can do to a nice bunch of guys. But the movie, inspired by the hot and hard times of such groups as the Temptations, the Four Tops and the Dells, offers ample compensations. A propulsive score, spirited choreography by Michael Peters and evocative sets and costumes help Townsend re-create musical history. Even cliches can't muffle that joyful noise.
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ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Townsend,Robert
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Desson Howe, Washington Post ...a giddy mixture of comedy, music and drama.
Jim Whaley, PBS A stunning and exhuberant motion picture. Terrific acting and unforgettable music.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Townsend shows a real talent...to go for the human truth in his characters.

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