The Five Heartbeats Poster

Release Date: March 29th, 1991

DVD Release Date: January 22nd, 2002

R|2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary
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).

Cast: Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon , Harry Lennix, Tico Wells, Chuck Patterson, Diahann Carroll, Hawthorne James

Director: Robert Townsend

Genres: Drama, Musical

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox

Keywords: Gritty, Fall, 1960s, Moving, 1970s, Friend, Rise, Rousing, Temptation