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Making the Five Heartbeats

Making the Five Heartbeats is a movie starring Alex Gibbs, Hawthorne James, and Leon. The behind the scene look at the casting calls; selection of cast members, story board ideas producers, and directoral commentary. Plus never...

Running Time
1 hours 25 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Robert Townsend
Robert Townsend
Robert Townsend, Hawthorne James, Leon, Alex Gibbs
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

The behind the scene look at the casting calls; selection of cast members, story board ideas producers, and directoral commentary. Plus never before scene footage of this iconic cult classic with additional commentary from selected cast members and other leading consultants involved in the making of this memorable film.

Comments about documentary «Making the Five Heartbeats» (9)

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Frances Wagner

This film has a very strong message, and I am sure that most people will be on board with its message. It's nice to see a documentary about the struggles of those who suffer from mental illness. The film itself is a good documentary. It covers many issues that all people suffering from mental illness face, from depression, to anxiety, to post traumatic stress disorder, and even to suicide. This film is definitely worth seeing.

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Virginia C.

I've enjoyed this film. I loved the way it captured the essence of the period in the two brothers' lives. I like to see the film when it is done at the Portland International Film Festival. I thought the film was excellent. It was very well made and well acted. I enjoyed it.

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Lauren C.

It is clear that much of the impetus for this documentary was behind the playing of the Black Eyed Peas. You see, after the release of their hit single "Can't Stand Losing You," they were considered a social media phenomenon. It was from the response of this and other videos that resulted from a famous photo of the girls sitting on a beach with the words "I love you, love you, love you" written on their body that made them famous. That is, until the video of "Black Eyed Peas" went viral and people started to think that they were actually celebrities and the world was no longer looking for their art. Unfortunately, the music video for "Can't Stand Losing You" was made for a hundredth of a second, and the song became a huge hit. As a result, the Black Eyed Peas found themselves with no fans and only selling a few hundred thousand albums. Much of this is due to the fact that the video was rushed and its success wasn't properly earned. This film shows that the Black Eyed Peas had never really been "famous" at all. You see, much like other popular artists, the Black Eyed Peas were always known for being famous for being famous, and for making a few albums and not really making a lot of money. This documentary is important in that it tells the stories of these artists and their struggle with the music industry and the backlash it caused. They don't see the industry as a job or something that was given to them, but as a means of making money. To many, it is a life goal, something that was necessary to get the job done and to make money. But what is meant to be a way of making money becomes a means of making money and even becomes a life goal. The stories of these artists show how, no matter how much you have, the money doesn't really matter when people start to take away your most important things. This film shows how one thing, the fame, could ruin someone's life. Although the Black Eyed Peas were always known for being famous, the people didn't really take to them as an actual thing. But as the years went by and the band's fame increased, it was clear that their careers would never be the same. You see, the Black Eyed Peas never really had a fanbase. After all, they never really did much and never really had anything to live for. This film shows that as the fame of the band increased, the people started to take to the band more. When you hear these stories, you see how fame can take you to a new level, especially when the fame is not really important. This is something that other music artists have experienced as well. You see, some musicians never make money from their music, and this is true for the Black Eyed Peas. They never had a reason to make money. They were just artists, and they just wanted to make money for themselves. This film shows that

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Daniel Sandoval

I must say I was a little surprised to see that it wasn't a lot of people in attendance. Even with all the bad press that is going on regarding this film and the very poorly received special effects that were on display in the film, I was actually pleasantly surprised. But that's only because I knew what to expect. All the negatives that were mentioned were well described and I was able to give the film a chance. The film is not perfect. But it is far from it being an unforgivable mess. And for those of you who want to make this film your own, I am actually more than willing to make a few adjustments. The first is, you do not have to put your brain to work for this film. It is all in the dialogue. The movie is actually a very good script and the actors and actresses delivering the dialog are great. But with the script, you do not have to use your brain. Just do your work and you will enjoy this film. For example, when the director said something like, "They are coming.they are coming", the viewer thinks, "Oh, okay. That's a clever line." But it is not. It is an interesting line that the director is using to say something new and interesting about black music and its relationship to hip hop culture. There are other examples of how the filmmakers use these lines. For example, the scene in the video store, when the director says something like, "Are you willing to see this?" The viewer knows exactly what he or she is getting into and the movie gets better as a result. If you are the type of person who has to work to enjoy a film, I do not suggest this film. But if you have the drive, I highly recommend this film. I know I will be recommending this film to others. It is a film that you will not be able to turn away from. It is an amazing film. I also want to mention the original soundtrack. I was very impressed by the sound quality and the tracks that were chosen. Not only were the tracks great, but the director and music producers put a lot of work into selecting the tracks. They put their hearts and souls into the process. And I think that was one of the best aspects of the movie. The film does not just have to be about black music. It is about music. I also want to mention the supporting cast. Sure, this is a movie about a group of young African Americans. It does not have to be a Hollywood type film. But the supporting cast was very impressive. Overall, I think this is a great film. It is not perfect and I think that is part of what makes it so great. I would be willing to make changes, but this is a great movie. I give this film a 9/10.

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Margaret P.

This is one of the best documentaries I have seen about a subject that is not so widely discussed. It tells the story of a child who is born with a rare genetic disorder that makes her heart defect. The heart defects are very rare but when she is born there is no other reason to have her taken to a hospital. Her mother had a miscarriage but they thought that she could be a mother to the baby and make a lot of money. Her mother, with the help of her friends, she found the people that could help. The heart defect is called heart defects. This is a very beautiful movie that shows how a heart disease can be overcome through love and support. The heart defect is also the name of the movie. The movie shows how difficult it is to have a heart defect but it is very easy to overcome it. The movie is very inspiring. I recommend it to everybody. It will show how heart disease can be overcome through love and support.

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Judith S.

I saw this film on cable, and the first thing that hit me was how touching it was. I thought it was so well done. I mean, it's all over the place, but the film is really wonderful. It's based on a book by the same name, and I think it's one of those movies that gets better with repeated viewings. It's very emotional, and I think that's a good thing, because a lot of people who aren't necessarily heart-broken by the loss of a loved one, but just like to cry, will find it hard to get through the movie. The actors are all very good, and I think that's the most important thing. They all give really great performances. I've watched it a dozen times, and it's still as powerful as the first time. It's really nice to see that someone had the guts to make a film like this, and that there's a really good script. I think that's what really makes this movie so good, and it's not just the acting. I've seen it three times and I still find myself wanting to watch it again. I think it's so well done, and that's why I give it a 10 out of 10.

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Benjamin P.

I think the key to what makes a great film is the overall message of the film. After seeing "5 Heartbeats" I felt the overall message of the film was to be hopeful, but to also know that things happen for a reason. I felt this message could have been emphasized more, and I felt that the more negative aspects of the film would have been left out. However, the film is still a very good film, and the message of the film was delivered in a very powerful and emotional way. I would recommend this film to anyone who is interested in learning more about the role that media has in shaping our lives.

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The point of this film is to show the ways the Western European cultures used to conduct themselves with some beautiful music. People in the old days used to make recordings of songs to sell to the people in other countries. But after some time, the music stopped being an important part of the life. You see some wonderful musicians and the story of their lives. Some of them still use to play the old instruments and sing, but they're very old now. They're living in some distant part of the world, living in a culture that is dying out. What would have been a beautiful story of life in a dying culture can be looked at by people who don't even know the culture, or don't like the culture.

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Albert Reed

The background of the Chilean uprising against General Pinochet is well-documented in this documentary, which consists of a series of interviews with key characters in the anti-Castro movement. Most of the interviews are conducted by journalist/activist Rodolfo Maciel, but there are also interviews with former Chilean officials and supporters of the current government, including officials from the CIA and the State Department. A number of documentaries have been made about the revolution, but this is the first time a documentary about the Chilean Civil War has been produced. It's a useful addition to the growing body of anti-Castro documentaries, and one that provides a very timely reminder of what the future may hold for the democratic world.