Hollywood Shuffle

1987 film by Robert Townsend

Hollywood Shuffle is a 1987 satirical film about an actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity who dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, the film takes a satiric look at African American actors in Hollywood.

Directed by Robert Townsend. Written by Keenen Ivory Wayans, Robert Townsend, and Dom Irrera (uncredited).
Bobby Taylor was on his way to becoming a star, when a funny thing happened...

Bobby TaylorEdit

  • I believe this movie. A dude could jump off a mountain and not hurt himself, 'cause he did brace himself, and knew something about the levels of gravitivity and polarity.
  • I have the respect of the community, and that makes me proud...So if you can't take pride in your job, remember, there's always work at the post office..

Mr. JonesEdit

  • Bobby, this ain't the 'Poot Butt League', man...ain't no 'Poot Butts' around here. This is not your average hot dog stand You know what this is? This is 'Winky Dinky Dog.' It sends chills up my spine every time I say it - Winky Dinky Dog! Bobby...say it with me...Winky Dinky Dog! WINKY DINKY DAAWWGG!


  • NAACP spokesman: They'll never play the Rambos until they stop playing the Sambos.
  • Uncle Ray: There ain't nothin to it but to do it.
  • The guy from the Dirty Larry clip: What you say, honky sucker pig-head jive-turkey fool?
  • Jheri Curl: Please! Gimme my activator!
  • Casting director: Bobby...I need a little more "Black." You know what I'm saying? Umm, like...Stick your ass out more. Bug the eyes - you know how they move.
  • Protestor: I think Bobby Taylor is a two bit goat smellin' spook, obviously from the Coon Repertoire Theater of America. We are out here sweatin' like niggas on the way to an election in Georgia because he chooses to bug his eyes, yank his dick, and pull his raggedy skid marked drawers out the cracka his Black ass! I have nothing else to say about Bobby Taylor!


Bobby Taylor: I wish Tiny would bring his big fat ass out here... Tiny! I'm going to make it up to you, I'm going to be a star.
Tiny: No, you're gonna be seein stars!

Mr. Jones: And I got a new one, Bobby! Winky Dinky Ho Cake.
Bobby Taylor: Ho cake?
Mr. Jones: Ho Cake! Hos got to eat too!

Bobby Taylor: How can you tell if you have a good script?
Batty Boy: Does your character…die?
Bobby Taylor: No.
Batty Boy: Then it’s a good script. Just one hit movie can give you success for life. It’s not about art! It’s about sequel!

Speed: Welcome to Sneakin' In The Movies. My name is Speed and this is my homeboy Tyrone. And we are like movie critics and shit
Tyrone: Well not really. Peep this. Each week me and my boy, you know, we go to different theaters and stuff and sneak in and check out the movie.
Speed: Then we come back and tell you all what's up. Like if you should pay money and shit.

Speed: [reviewing 'Dirty Larry'] Realism is important to me, and this was bullshit. This is the movie where the criminals wait for Dirty Larry to reach into his jacket and pull out a big ass gun. What did they think he was looking for, his American Express card?
Tyrone: Make my day? Do fifty bullets in yo' ass make yo' day?


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