The Five Heartbeats

The Five Heartbeats is a 1991 American musical drama film directed by, co-written by & starring Robert Townsend, which was released by 20th Century Fox on March 29, 1991.


The film follows the three decade career about the ups & downs of fictional R&B group, The Five Heartbeats.


  • Robert Townsend as Donald "Duck" Matthews
  • Leon Robinson as J.T. Matthews
  • Michael Wright as Eddie King, Jr.
  • Tico Wells as Anthony "Choirboy" Stone
  • Harry J. Lennix as Terrence "Dresser" Williams
  • Hawthorne James as Big Red Davis
  • Chuck Patterson as Jimmy Potter
  • Diahann Carroll as Eleanor Potter
  • John Canada Terrell as Michael "Flash" Turner
  • Roy Fegan as Victor "Bird" Thomas
  • Harold Nicholas as Ernest "Sarge" Johnson
  • Troy Beyer as Baby Doll
  • Theresa Randle as Brenda
  • Lamont Johnson as Bobby Cassanova
  • Carla Brothers as Tanya Sawyer
  • Tressa Thomas as Duck's Little Sister
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