The Five Heartbeats

1991 film by Robert Townsend

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.

Eddie KingEdit

  • Duck! Yall,come on! Let’s do it like we did in the tunnel.
  • Is there a heart? Is there a heart in the house tonight?
  • How does it feel to be me?
  • Nights like this…IIII wish…that raindrops would…fa-a-a-a-lll
  • You sure you want to hang with ol’ Eddie Kane Jr.

Eddie King SrEdit

  • He ain't gone be sh** neither. You ain't gonna be sh**, cause I ain't sh**.

Big RedEdit

  • Tell Jimmy he can't hide.
  • I'm just and ol' country boy, but I do work hard for my artists.
  • My office hours are from...

Donald "Duck" MatthewsEdit

  • Choir Boy! Go to church! Go to church!
  • Work it JT! Work it!


  • Eddie, we told you about this drinking and drug sh** before, thinking you would calm down.


  • Huh my ass! Show me your best combination.
  • Hold my cane. Let's step outside and I'll kick both of ya's ass like you stole something!

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