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The Five Heartbeats

The Five Heartbeats
The Five Heartbeats
The Five Heartbeats
  • R
  • 2h 2m
  • 1991
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This fresh, engaging story directed by Robert Townsend is set to the rhythm of one of music’s most dynamic genres – Motown! Five young friends who leave their poor neighborhood to explore an innovative new kind of music find electrifying highs and shocking lows. With a sizzling cast that includes Townsend, Diahann Carroll and Leon, The Five Heartbeats is a thrilling homage to Motown’s early days.
© 1991 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Common Sense Says
The rise and fall of a flashy, fictional 1960s rock group.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that vulgar language is pervasive in this film, including multiple forms of "f--k," "s--t," and several instances of the "N" word. Though there are many musical numbers and comic scenes, from time to time the tone changes drastically and becomes intensely dramatic with self-destructive behavior, on-camera substance abuse (cocaine), and sequences depicting murderous rages. A man is severely beaten and held dangling through a window high over a city street. A very sympathetic character is killed when a truck purposefully careens into him. While there are several sequences in which characters kiss, embrace passionately and/or are seen in bed together, there is no actual sexual activity and no nudity. There is some seductive dancing and scantily dressed females engaging in teasing provocative behavior while they are being leered at by eager young men. A promiscuous character talks openly about his sexual addiction, and in one scene an abortion is considered.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:March 29, 1991
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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