The Five Heartbeats
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

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"The rise and fall of a flashy, fictional 1960s rock group."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"A once or future 'VH1 movie that rocks.'"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The charitable might be tempted to describe The Five Heartbeats as wholesome and well-intentioned -- but so is a 6-year-old who just crayon-scrawled "I love cookies" on the living room wall."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com
"An underrated drama about the ups and downs of a Temptations-like r&b group with solid acting and fine music. If you haven't seen it, rent it. It's worth it."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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