Five Heartbeats

Townsend, Robert

SKU: 024543894780

UPC 024543894780
Release Date 2014-01-21
Studio 20th Century Fox
Discs 1
Length 121
Format Color
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis 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.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....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...
Cast Robert Townsend (Director)
Robert Townsend (Star)
Robert Townsend (Screenwriter)
Leon (Star)
Michael Wright (Star)
John Canada Terrell (Star)
Harry J. Lennix (Star)
Harold Nicholas (Star)
Diahann Carroll (Star)
Tico Wells (Star)
Keenen Ivory Wayans (Screenwriter)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Note: Deleted scenes Meet the five heartbeats In the studio The look The director's process The nomination Eddie Griffin outtake Behind the scenes on set Original publicity campaign TV spots Dual Layer Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish Subtitles - English, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.15000
Height 0.25000
Width 5.50000
Depth 6.50000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama
Attribute Additional Footage,Behind The Scenes,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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