The Five Heartbeats

Synopsis: In the early 1960's, a quintet of hopeful young African American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats. After an initially rocky start, the group improve, turn pro, and rise to become a top flight music sensation. Along the way however, the guys learn many hard lessons about the reality of the music industry with it's casual racism and greed while the personal weaknesses of the members threaten to destroy the integrity of the band.
Genre: Drama, Music
Director(s): Robert Townsend
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

This is J. T., Mr. Jay,

coming at you live from Malibu.

Next, one of the hottest new cuts

going through the airwaves.




All right. That was

contestant number eight,

Baby Doll and the Crystals.

Good show.

jackie, have you seen Eddie?

No, but I know he'll be here.

Let's continue with the show.

Contestant number nine

are from Columbus, Ohio,

and they're going places.

After the show, they're going across

the street for a fried gizzard sandwich.

Lots of hot sauce.

Contestant number nine...

Flash and the Ebony Sparks.

Let's hear it for them.


What's wrong?

What's wrong?


All right, y'all up next.

Good luck.


Choirboy, would you

sit down someplace?

Damn, you're starting

to make me nervous. Relax.

How can I relax when...

Who's going to sing lead?

Bobby's not here.

He hasn't called. He missed

all the rehearsals this week.

We're on next.

Eddie's not here.

I said I'm gonna talk to them

when they get here, all right?

I don't like singing

in these nasty bars.

You're just nervous because last time we was here,

you got hit in the head with that bottle.


They could've booed or something.

They didn't have to hit me

upside my head with no bottle.

Start calling me little

peanut-head church boy.

All them names and stuff.

Nobody's forcing you.

Where the hell is Bobby?

I fold.

I'll raise you 1 0.

Too rich for my blood.

Easy, Eddie.

I think you guys

have been cheating.

I'm sorry.



Eddie! I'm going

to kill you, Eddie!

Aah! My f***in' leg!

Get up!

I'll get you!

Nobody's ever cheated me!


Stop it!

I don't understand you.

You say you love me,

but you never call.

Then you bring me up here

and try to screw me in a closet

like I'm a whore or something.

Stop it right there.

I brought you here because

I thought you were a woman,

not some little girl

afraid of life.

I'm not looking

for some cheap thrill

or some stolen moment.

I want to take you

to another level,

living out the chapter

from the most romantic novel.

I want you and I to walk

to the edge of erotica.

(Unzips Zipper)



Get out of the way,

you stupid son of a b*tch!

Hold it, Bobby!

You're not going nowhere!

Oh, God!


My other leg!




Duck, listen to me, man.

Bobby ain't here.

You're gonna have to sing his part.

Eddie ain't here either,

but we don't need him.

Bobby's not here?

Why does he keep doing this sh*t?

He knows I wrote all the music

in fve-part harmony.

Yeah, I know.

Don't worry about it.

Go get your brother.

Oh... oh...

Oh! Oh! Oh!



All right!

All right!

Our fnal act tonight

have been singing together

since high school.

Ladies and gentlemen,

the Five Heartbeats.

Let's hear it for them.

Hey, man!


Where's Bobby?

Let's go for it.


Take it,J.T. Take it.


Dresser, take the bass line.

Bass. Bass.


Choirboy, go to church.

Go to church!

Go to church!



That's... That's our cousins.

Our cousins.

Our cousins, our cousins.

One more time

for the Five Heartbeats.

Come on, give it up.


Let me get

all the contestants up.

Come on up.

We have a winner.

We have a winner.

We have a winner.

"Flash and the Ebony Sparks"!


My brother would like to meet you.

Why doesn't he come over?

Because he's shy.

Look at his face.

Don't he look shy?

Yeah, but who's that girl

he's sitting with?

That's our sister.

See? Look how shy he is.

So can I get your phone number

so he can call you sometime?

OK. 5 5 5...

Excuse me. I don't mean

to disturb anybody,

but my name is Jimmy Potter.

I just want to say

I really enjoyed the show tonight.

I especially liked that opening.

Shy brother works every time.

You looked like you

were running for your life.

I don't quite know

where to begin this,

but I was wondering

if you fellas could

use a good manager.

See, I've managed

a lot of groups.

I think you guys

have what it takes

to go all the way to the top.

Now, you don't have

to sign anything.

Your word and your handshake

are good enough for me.

If you give me just one month,

I guarantee

when you come back,

you'll win that talent contest.

Yeah? And if you don't win,

I'll give you the $1 00.

Man, I like them odds.

Well, then,

you just think about it.

And if you're ready,

I mean really ready,

you be at my house tomorrow night

at 7:
00, all right?

Mr. Potter,

Eddie's supposed to be here.

I don't know where he at.

Stop apologizing for him,


Sit down. Call meJimmy.

Yes, sir.

Ladies, next week,

we will work on posture

and also each individual

makeup base, OK?

I promise you, next week

is going to be more fun.





Come on, Tanya.



Bye-bye, Mr. Potter.

Bye, Tanya.

jimmy, may I see you

for a second, please?

jimmy, why are you doing this

to yourself again?


I know what I'm doing, OK?

(Horn Honks)




What's wrong?

What's wrong?

You know what's wrong.

I thought we agreed that

you would not do this.

I have such a good feeling

about these kids.

Aw, Jimmy,

you had such a good feeling

about the Brownsville Boys.

You had a great feeling

about the Four Clovers.

Great feeling about the Esquires.

And when they made it big,

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