A former soldier leads street vigilantes against organized crime in this parody of black exploitation films of the 1970s.
The Meteor Man -- One night Jefferson Reed gets hit in the chest by a souped-up chunk of meteor. So he can fly, but he's scared of heights. He can master the information in any book ...
The Five Heartbeats -- Trailer for The Five Heartbeats
The Five Heartbeats -- The story of the rise and fall of an African American vocal group.
House Party 3 -- Post
Hollywood Shuffle -- This film takes a satirical look at the ambivalent relationship between Hollywood power brokers and African-American performers. The filmmaker also stars as Bobby Taylor, a struggling actor looking for his big break in the entertainment industry.
House Party 3 -- Play throws Kid the 'mutha' of bachelor parties when the high-haired one decides to get married. Starring Kid 'n Play, TLC and Bernie Mac.
An inner city school teacher becomes a superhero after being struck by a meteor. All-star black cast, with a cameo by Bill Cosby!
Townsend's semi-autobiographical comedy about a black actor's tough time finding a decent role in Hollywood. 'In Living Color's' Wayans brothers are featured!
Trailer for The Meteor Man.
Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle) leads an all-star cast including Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume, James Earl Jones and Bill Cosby in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good comic fantasy about a reluctant superhero on a crusade to save his neighborhood. Move over, Superman! Spineless Jefferson Reed (Townsend) has just discovered his backbone and it's stronger than steel! Amild-mannered substitute teacher, Jefferson would rather run than fight until he's hit by a strangegreen meteor that gives him superhuman abilities. And when a gang led by a powerful drug lord begins terrorizing his family and neighbors, Jefferson has no choice but to don his homemade spandex suitand take it on in a war of cunning, wit and super-powered, super-modeling prowess'to save his 'hood!
A group of people picket in front of Bobby Taylor's home for taking on stereo type roles.
Rhythm-and-blues artists such as the Temptations and Sam Cooke served as the inspiration for filmmaker Robert Townsend's ambitious movie about five urban friends who climb the stairway to stardom.
Five friends leave their poor neighborhood and head for a new type of music - Motown - in this exciting film starring Diahann Carroll, Leon, and Robert Townsend (who also directs).
Loosely based on the life and times of several R&B artists, The Five Heartbeats traces the rise and fall of a popular African-American 1950s singing aggregation. The story is told by one of the "Heartbeats," played by Robert Townsend. The film is an amalgam of anecdotes drawn from real-life experiences: the long struggle upward, the first rush of success, the dishonest executives, the hard-nosed but nurturing managers, the sex, the drugs, the isolation and the precipitous downward slide.
This ultra-hip comedy in the tradition of 'The Naked Gun' and 'Airplane' stars Keenen Ivory Wayans in an action-adventure filled with screwball gags and side-splitting one-liners.
This film takes a satirical look at the ambivalent relationship between Hollywood power brokers and African-American performers. The filmmaker also stars as Bobby Taylor, a struggling actor looking for his big break in the entertainment industry. While working a day job flipping burgers, Bobby heads out to insulting casting calls where white casting agents pass judgement on whether he seems "black enough." When Bobby actually does earn a big role, he is forced to choose between accepting work that opens doors, but ultimately demeans him and returning to obscurity with his principles intact.
This film takes a satirical look at the ambivalent relationship between Hollywood power brokers and African-American performers. The filmmaker also stars as Bobby Taylor, a struggling actor looking for his big break in the entertainment industry.
Martin's worried when Gina's role in a play requires that she kiss another man, but when the actor is injured, Martin stands in -- creating an outrageous version of "Romeo and Juliet" for a benefit performance.
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