The Five Heartbeats
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- Featurette Robert Townsend Profile
- Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots
- Widescreen (Anamorphic)
- Audio: English [CC]
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours
- Video: Color
- Released: January 22, 2002
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Surround - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
- Robert Townsend
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry J. Lennix & Tico Wells|
|Performer:||Diahann Carroll, Harold Nicholas, John Canada Terrell, Troy Beyer, Hawthorne James, Theresa Randle, Kasi Lemmons, Anne-Marie Johnson & John Witherspoon|
|Directed by||Robert Townsend|
|Edited by||John Carter|
|Screenwriting by||Robert Townsend & Keenen Ivory Wayans|
|Composition by||Stanley Clarke|
|Cinematography by||Bill Dill|
|Produced by||Robert Townsend & Loretha C. Jones|
"...Fundamental sweetness and sincerity....[In cameo, Harold Nicholas's] very presence expands the range of this film..."
"...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..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle) directs and stars in this perfect-pitch production and captures the Motown era of the Sixties at its most soulful and sizzling. Featuring a score by Stanley Clarke and music from the soundtrack album by After 7, Patti LaBelle and The Dells, it's packed with electrifying musical showstoppers, gripping characters and a mesmerizing cast that includes Leon (All The Right Moves, Colors), John Canada Terrell (She's Gotta Have It) and Diahann Carroll (TV's "Julia").
- Theatrical release date: March 29, 1991.
- Filmed entirely on location in Southern California.
The film introduces thirteen original songs and features performances of numerous Motown favorites. Also featured are two R&B classics by The Dells, "Stay in My Corner" and "Oh What A Night." Townsend did research for his fictional R&B group by hanging out and travelling with The Dells, an R&B group that has been together for 38 years. The Dells acted as techincal advisors on the film.
- THE FIVE HEARTBEATS is "dedicated in loving memory of John Sherrod."
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 124 ratings.