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Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

R | | Comedy | 20 March 1987 (USA)
An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity, 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.

Director:

Robert Townsend
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Townsend ... Bobby Taylor / Jasper / Speed / Sam Ace / Rambro
Craigus R. Johnson Craigus R. Johnson ... Stevie Taylor
Helen Martin ... Bobby's Grandmother
Starletta DuPois ... Bobby's Mother
Marc Figueroa Marc Figueroa ... Sitcom Father / Client #2
Sarah Kaite Coughlan Sarah Kaite Coughlan ... Sitcom Girlfriend / Rehearsing Actress (as Sarah Kate Coughlin)
Sean Michal Flynn Sean Michal Flynn ... Sitcom Boyfriend
Brad Sanders ... Batty Boy
David McKnight ... Uncle Ray
Keenen Ivory Wayans ... Donald / Jheri Curl
Lou B. Washington Lou B. Washington ... Tiny (as Ludie Washington)
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Lydia / Willie Mae / Hooker #5
Don Reed Don Reed ... Maurice
Kim Wayans ... Customer in Chair
Gregory 'Popeye' Alexander Gregory 'Popeye' Alexander ... Pimp / Eddie Murphy-Type
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Storyline

Bobby Taylor wants to be a respected actor. From Sam Spade to Shakespeare to superheros, he can do it all. He just has to convince Hollywood that gangstas, slaves and "Eddie Murphy-types" aren't the sum of his talents. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Bobby Taylor was on his way to becoming a star, when a funny thing happened.....

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$95,667, 22 March 1987

Gross USA:

$5,228,617

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,228,617
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Conquering Unicorn See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Townsend put $40,000 of the film's $100,000 budget on ten personal credit cards. He got free film stock by splicing together leftovers from the production of Odd Jobs (1986) and Ratboy (1986). The 17 days of shooting were spread over two years, between Townsend's tours as a stand-up comedian. See more »

Goofs

Just right before Bobby gets the call for a callback, the car in the shot outside was preparing to reverse out to the street. The shot looks like a leftover shot used for the intro sequence. See more »

Quotes

Body Guard #1: Don't say "drugs" around the man. And don't say "coke" or "freebase" neither. Unless you got some.
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Connections

References Kojak (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Not Just One in a Million
(Bobby's Theme)
Sung by Patrice Rushen
Music by Patrice Rushen
Lyrics by Patrice Rushen and Sheree Brown
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A great movie!
3 December 1998 | by Sonic-6See all my reviews

Robert Townsend has made a great movie about the stereotyping of blacks in Hollywood. The movie mocks both the people who created the stereotypes, and the stereotypes themselves. A lot of great little sketches are spliced in among the main plotline, and they all are....I can't think of a better word than wacky. They're all wacky. The movie also has Keenan Ivory Wayans, and Damon Wayans (if you look closely). A great movie, especially for the miniscule $100,000.00 budget.


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