An entertaining, highly charged musical biography, THE FIVE HEARTBEATS is based on the sagas of such legendary 60s R&B groups as the Temptations and the Dells. Although mired in show-biz musical cliches, director-writer-producer and star Robert Townsend unfolds the story of the Five
Heartbeats with such energy and exuberance that the cliches become markers in an electrified mix.
The story is told in flashback as a middle-aged Duck (Robert Townsend) sees a cover story in Rolling Stone Magazine consisting of a picture of the Five Heartbeats with the caption, "Where are they now?" Back in the 60s, the career of the Five Heartbeats is followed on its rocky r...