The Five Heartbeats

  • 1991
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  • R
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Keenen Ivory Wayans and Robert Townsend (who also directed and stars as the lead singer) co-wrote this story of a 1960s singing group trying to hit it big. Michael Wright, Tico Wells. J.T.: Leon.... More

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Coming in on the tail end of a rhythm and blues singing group explosion, The Five Heartbeats (Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry J. Lennix, Tico Wells) rise and fall within the space of seven years. Along the way, the group deals with all manner of fame and fortune distractions -- jealousy, greed, too much womanizing and drugs all take a toll. Their troubles culminate when executive Big Red (Hawthorne James) is arrested for the murder of manager Jimmy Potter (Chuck Patterson).
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