The Five Heartbeats

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The Five Heartbeats is a 1991 musical-drama film directed by Robert Townsend, who co-wrote the script with Keenan Ivory Wayans. Distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film's main cast includes Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon Robinson, Harry J. Lennix, Tico Wells, Harold Nicholas of the Nicholas Brothers, and Diahann Carroll. The plot of the film (which is loosely based on the lives of several artists; The Dells, The Temptations, Four Tops, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Frankie Lymon, Sam Cooke, David Ruffin and others) follows the three decade career of the fictional band The Five Heartbeats.


  • Can't nobody sang like Eddie King, Jr.!
Eddie King Sr

He ain't gone be shit neither. You ain't gonna be shit , cause I ain't shit.

Sarge Let me see your best combination. Dresser: Huh?! Sarge: Huh my ass! Show me your best combination.

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