The Five Heartbeats

The Five Heartbeats

Robert Townsend
 Cast: Robert Townsend
Robert Townsend
, Michael Wright
Michael Wright
, Leon
, Harry J. Lennix
Harry J. Lennix

DVD (Special Edition / Anniversary Edition / Wide Screen)

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Loosely based on the life and times of several R&B artists (The Dells, The Temptations, Frankie Lymon, Sam Cooke and others) The Five Heartbeats traces the rise and fall of a popular African-American 1950s singing aggregation. The story is told from the point of view of one of the "Heartbeats," played by Robert Townsend (who also co-produced, directed and co-wrote the script with Keenan Ivory Waynans). The film is an amalgam of anecdotes drawn from real-life experiences: the long struggle upward, the first rush of success, the dishonest record-company executives, the hard-nosed but nurturing managers, the sex, the drugs, the isolation and the precipitous downward slide. The film begins and ends in the 1990s, as the middle-aged "Duck" (Townsend) ruminates on the past and makes the best of the present.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2006
UPC: 0024543225270
Original Release: 1991
Rating: R
Source: 20Th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 600

Special Features

Closed Caption; Bonus footage viewing option - see the filming of exclusive deleted scenes as you watch the movie; Robert Townsend profile; Original "making-of" featurette; 5 all-new featurettes: "Meet the Five Heartbeats," "The Director's Process," "In the Studio," "The Look," & "The Nomination"; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Robert Townsend Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Kokayi Ampah Producer
David Brownlow Sound/Sound Designer
John Carter Editor
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley Clarke Score Composer
Don Diers Art Director
William Dill Cinematographer
Bill Dill Cinematographer
Nancy Israel Co-producer
Loretha C. Jones Producer
Michael Peters Choreography
Samara Schaffer Set Decoration/Design
Christina Schmidlin Producer
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer
Keenen Ivory Wayans Screenwriter
Christopher Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Five Heartbeats
1. Main Titles
2. Where Are They Now?
3. Eddie Ain't Here
4. Nothing but Love
5. Jimmy Potter
6. Pay Attention and You Might Learn Something
7. Bird and the Midnight Falcons
8. Bringing Down the House
9. Big Red Davis
10. We Haven't Finished Yet
11. Making a Deal
12. On the Radio, On the Road
13. Cross Over the Album
14. Show Goes On
15. Fame, Fortune and Family
16. Eddie's Other Love
17. Tanya
18. Doing Business With Big Red
19. Jimmy's Recurring Nightmare
20. The Funeral
21. Getting to the Truth
22. The New Heartbeat
23. Eddie's Plea
24. The Autograph Says It All
25. The Gold Record Ceremony
26. A Letter From Choirboy
27. Together Again
28. End Titles

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