The Five Heartbeats
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 10, 2006
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby 4.0 - English
- Stereo - Spanish, French
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Meet the Heartbeats
- The Five Heartbeats
- The Nomination
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- The Look
- In the Studio
- The Director's Process
- Interactive Menus
- Easter Eggs
- Scene Access
- Biographies: 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..."
- 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 126 ratings.
One of my favorite flicks of all-times! "The Five Heartbeats has everything in a movie that I love: family, friendship,stuggle,success, conflict and redemption. Oh, and a slammin' soundtrack!! No doubt that you will love this crowd pleaser of a movie. Favorite line from the movie: When lead singer "Eddie" falls from grace, is replaced in the group and meets back up with his estranged band mates. "...Cain't NOBODY Sang, like EDDIE KING JR.!!!!"