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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
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Robert Townsend
Writer
Robert Townsend
Actors
Alex Gibbs, Hawthorne James, Robert Townsend, Leon
Country
USA
Year
2018
Audio Languages
日本語, اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
Japanese, اللغة_العربية, 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» (23)

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Theresa Fox

After seeing this movie, I was expecting it to be something similar to the Making the Fins videos, but instead it became a very interesting look at the process of film making and the history of filmmaking, and the most interesting part of this documentary was how it tied in with his other movies. Seeing them alongside this one made me realize that Steven used this documentary as a sort of preparation for his next movie. I was expecting it to be something more like the Making the Fins videos, but instead I was surprised to see that he really really loves the documentary and was proud of it, and also pretty glad that he got to meet so many great people along the way. It is also funny to hear people complimenting him on the original title of the documentary, as it would be impossible to come up with something as interesting as this! Overall, I was very impressed by the documentary, and I really hope that he makes more documentaries like this one.

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Russell Sanchez

The most exciting thing about this documentary is that it provides a sense of closure. No doubt, there will be a number of years (and decades) where you will still not understand this film. However, for those who do understand, there is a significant amount of truth and we are all better for it. It has been my experience that there are many Americans who have very little understanding of what the United States went through during the last six months. This documentary is an important reminder of that. For those of us who have been part of the military and who have lost a brother or a father or a brother or a sister in action, the documentary brings up many memories. But there are many others, even those who don't know a great deal about the Vietnam War, who should see it. It is a reminder that what we did was not enough. The truth is that, although we did not win the war, we did win the hearts of millions of people. This documentary has many images that will be in the minds of many people. It is hard to express how much I appreciate the great work of the editors, screen writers, directors, and cast and crew members. This documentary is, without a doubt, a milestone in the American film industry. Without this film, no more films like it would have been made. To those of us who served, there is no way we could ever express the emotions we feel because we would never have been able to capture the essence of the sacrifice. I commend the filmmakers and the cast and crew of this film for their great accomplishment.

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Alexander Sullivan

This movie was presented in two parts, The first part about the Billy Joel and Nick Cave albums, and the second part about the story of Jeff Buckley and his widow. The first part was really interesting and it reminded me a lot of the movie Out of the Blue, which was based on the same basic idea. Both albums are pretty powerful, and though they are only about 50 minutes long, it's worth the time to watch them. The music videos for both albums are also very impressive. I think the director really knows how to tell a story, even though it's not very original, and although it is pretty violent, it doesn't really ruin the movie. I especially liked the relationship between Joel and Mark, which is so real and moving. All in all, this is a very interesting movie about a famous musician and his wife's story. It is also very moving and really shows the respect a person can have for his or her family. Definitely worth watching!

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Teresa Porter

I would give the short version of this doc about the producers of the 1995 'Highway 66' movie. Their goal was to make a movie that would be as depressing and depressing as the events of the real highway. It succeeded in doing just that. The focus of the movie was always on the 'effects' of the movie and how bad they were. It made me want to go see it, but I didn't get the chance. Don't be put off by it being 'low-budget' or not having a real budget. This was done to make it look realistic, and to hide the fact that they couldn't make a decent movie. I can't blame them for that. It's possible they used a lot of stock footage. I think that's what the 'production' could have used, but I know this has been done before. You don't have to have an Oscar to make a movie good. I am sure that the producers would have loved to have their movie seen by the public. It made me wonder if they would have made it into a better movie if they would have had the money. It's a good idea to see it when you have the chance, but be ready to laugh at some of the scenes.

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Daniel

This was my first time watching a documentary from the original five. I loved the fact that this documentary was not one of those VHS films, it was on DVD format. The way the documentary was edited was also very neat and I really appreciated it. The documentary had a good amount of music which I really liked. In this case, the music made me feel like I was there in the same space as the people that were involved with the making of the film. Although I think that the films were very good and I recommend it to everyone I would say that you should definitely see it. It is very interesting and worth watching.

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Kelly W.

This film was made in the late '70's and at that time, the Jazz scene in New Orleans was completely different from what it is now. The film shows how a young pianist, Rudy Burnette, ended up working for the Jazz legend, Charlie Parker, and how he grew up listening to his music. It is great to see how the 'new' music of the time was played out, including the three classic jazz albums, "The Beatles' Complete Recordings", "Jazz at the BBC" and "Jazz Is My Name". You can also see how the most famous Jazz band, the All-Stars, were formed. They were inspired by the music that was played in the early part of the 20th century, but you can also see how some of the best musicians of that era, played in the All-Stars. I really enjoyed this film, especially the music. I recommend it.

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Beverly W.

I am the author of the book 'Five Heartbeats' which tells the story of how the whole story is told from a heartbroken, depressed and very tired child to a whole community and a city's reaction to the riots. This documentary is not perfect but it is one of the most effective documentaries I have seen for a while. After seeing the first 10 minutes, I did not believe it was possible to make a documentary that would involve the entire city. But, it was done and I don't want to say any more. It is a well made documentary but you cannot help but feel like you are watching it from a different point of view. It is not a perfect documentary, but it is one of the most powerful documentaries I have seen for a while. Highly recommended. Although some parts of the documentary are hard to believe, they still are enjoyable. Some scenes are so depressing that I would have rather never seen them. However, they are still very good and should be seen. I give it an 8/10. It is a well made documentary that is not perfect but does a good job. One thing that I would like to comment on is that I would have preferred a better writing style. The writing style was well done, but there is a certain piece of writing that could have been better. Another thing that I would have liked to have seen is a more creative way to show people's reactions to the riots. I am not talking about the way people are shocked when a vehicle is hit by a car, but how some people react to a young boy smoking, how a young woman breaks her father's glass to get out of the club, etc. Also, it would have been interesting to see the people's reactions to the main man's death. I can't say that the writing style is bad, it is just that a better writing style would have given the documentary a better experience. However, the writing style is still very well done and makes the documentary very enjoyable. If you liked this documentary, you should also see my book, the book 'Five Heartbeats' which details the whole story of how the whole story is told from a heartbroken, depressed and very tired child to a whole community and a city's reaction to the riots. This book is not perfect, but it is an amazing book to see if you have not read it already. I also recommend you see 'Bash on Heaven's Door' which is the same documentary from a different point of view. However, if you haven't read any of my books, then I suggest you see them. I strongly recommend this documentary.

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Lisa

I wanted to see this movie, not because it was coming out on DVD, but because of the director's previous work and the subject matter, 'Five Heartbeats' is an interesting and informative film about a dying woman, who, in a sense, did the same thing as she did at the age of 49 years and 11 months. And she does not want to end her life, because she wants to live on and continue living. The movie is well-crafted and well-shot, and the people who made the film should be commended for their work, especially the director. I enjoyed the film immensely and hope it finds an audience and people will go and see it.

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Michelle

I had the privilege to meet Russell for the first time at a private screening of his film, "The Language of Our Hearts", in 2012. During our conversation I saw that he has a genuine love and passion for cinema, and that he is very accessible and honest. I am fortunate enough to have a great network of film industry friends, which I consider extremely valuable when it comes to getting new films. Russell explained that he got the idea for his movie when he was preparing for the making of "The Five Heartbeats" of a fictitious theatre company that would screen new work from film veterans. He said that it became clear to him that the movie would not only be a great vehicle for new film artists, but would be also a great way for the community to interact with and have a conversation with the film veterans, to find out what they are doing next and to share their stories. He explained how the film was made, and how it was approved, and the very passionate way that Russell made this film. He said that he always prides himself on not going for the "high-budget" look, but the unique style that can be found in just about any other film. The cast of actors that were chosen for the film were very genuine and believable, and the people that were behind the camera were very talented. The film has a very "cinematic" feel, as it is shot in monochrome and shot in 3-D. He said that the technology was used very well, and that he was surprised by the talent that they brought to the project. His question was "why not use normal cameras?" I explained to him that the world has changed so much since the beginning of film making, and that 3-D is the way to go. He agreed, and it seemed to me that he could see a lot of growth and improvement in this film, and I am glad that we met on this topic. In conclusion, I highly recommend this film. It is a beautiful film, and I really hope that it is shown again at the most important film festivals, such as Sundance and SXSW. It would be an important film for film industry professionals to see. There is a sense of recognition for this film that I have not seen since I saw "A Walk to Remember". I hope that you will see it, too. Thank you for reading my review.

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Kathryn

What you see in this film is what I saw as a ten-year-old kid watching the original "Seven". The special effects are realistic, but not the plot or the acting. The difference between this and the original is that while the original had excellent special effects, the film made a point of keeping the acting to the highest standard. While some of the actors may have been better than others, I believe they were well cast. I believe many of them were disappointed by the original. I can only hope that the "Seven" trilogy continues on, and if they do, I hope that we can see the best of them in the next film.

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Laura

It is hard to believe that I have sat through this long, I do not think this film is really worth it, I think it is very "deep" and has a great director and camera work. But, it is not, the director used too many devices to make his point, I was not sure if I was watching a documentary or a documentary on the drug war. The thing I do not understand is the time that it took to make this film. I am not sure what this film is really about and what it is trying to say. This is a "very long" film that is very hard to follow. The film seems to run on a very long time and its kind of sad.

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Alan B.

I don't understand how anyone could not like this film. It is so good that it makes you feel as if you are part of the documentary. The first half of the film shows you about the makers of the movie and how they got started, and the second half of the film shows you the results. This film is excellent. I have to give it a higher rating than it deserves because it is too long, but it is still worth watching.

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Paul

I saw this film on DVD, and I was really impressed. The director has a lot of work to do with the narrative, but it's not like I was overwhelmed. The film takes place in 10 days, with the protagonist getting the top 5 names in the school and the main character getting the top 5 names in his class. However, we're told there are at least 3 times that we aren't told the names. This is why I like this film, because the director wants us to go into the students mind and feel a part of it. The whole thing is really well made, and I think the people involved should be proud of their work. I can see how some people may be disappointed in this film, but I think the director really got to the heart of it. I think it's a really interesting film to look at and talk about.

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Harry Chavez

In a world of big budget special effects and big stars, this documentary about the people behind the movie is a beautiful tribute to the people who created it. As a film student, I was intrigued by the filmmakers' dedication to their subject. They asked the same questions I had, and they presented the story in a way that made it so personal. I think they were able to capture the emotional and intellectual impact that the film had on so many people. I think the documentary has the potential to be a great source of inspiration for people who want to understand more about the people who created the film.

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Nancy M.

I found this film to be quite entertaining. The documentary approach was very effective in conveying the very real pain and grief that many of these people must have felt, but it was also a very important story that should be told. The documentary was entertaining, informative and at times moving. The people in this documentary were engaging, funny, and poignant. The fact that they were able to stay composed and focused throughout the entire film was amazing. The camera work was great and the editing was excellent. The fact that they were able to stay focused on the issues, as opposed to moving through them, was also very impressive. I found the documentary to be very well-made and interesting. It is a film that is worth watching, and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the topic.

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Harry S.

Well, what a day! I'm a proud father of an adult child and the first person who has ever attended the beginning of the film in a public screening. I know how emotional it can be. That's why I have a personal reason for going. My son has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and his family's experience is the impetus for this documentary. We learned so much and at the end of it, my son thanked me for helping him, and that's what I'm going to remember. If you have the opportunity to go to the screening of this documentary, don't miss it. This is a great film to share with friends, and it will change the way you see bipolar disorder. This film was directed by William Jones, and his experience was great. I loved it.

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Lisa S.

The Good: The right amount of footage of some of the finest German filmmakers - Rudolf Hoffman, Hans Hartmann, Hans Zeller, Peter Konig, Katja Boelnick, Nadiya Pappas, Wolfgang Witt, Adem Yildiz and many more. The very good German soundtrack too. The bad: A bit of a rush and the editing is not very fast paced. (The movie is actually 3 hours, just got done with some editing) The only thing that really bugged me is the background music. It was almost like they were making a music video in one go. And it was all out of tune. One more thing, and this is just a personal thing, the sound effects weren't very well done. They didn't look authentic and that was even more noticeable because the dialog was in German. Not to mention, there were several really bad instances in which the music just didn't match the mood of the scene. It was as if the director couldn't figure out how to keep the music and dialogue going at the same time. That is just my personal opinion. Not to mention, there are some really good shots of cities and countries in Germany. That's why I gave it a 7/10 instead of a 8/10. All in all, this is a very good documentary. The 10/10 is for the work they did in the editing. The film just didn't make it. But I can't help but wonder what if they had the editor work on it. The film would have been much more polished.

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Gerald

This movie covers 5 of the best practices for driving in the Denver metro area. The first half of the movie follows the group as they journey around Denver. The second half focuses on several topics including traffic jams, traffic cameras, street cleaning, and traffic calming. The final half of the movie is devoted to recommendations of five areas that are in the Denver metro area that can benefit from your efforts. I would highly recommend this movie for anyone who has ever driven and want to learn some valuable skills.

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Randy E.

After seeing the movie "Heartbeats" I felt as though I had an opportunity to know something about the life of a man named William Penn. I have read a lot of articles and seen a lot of documentaries about William Penn and his life, and this documentary offered a much different perspective than what I had expected. Penn was an important figure in American history. His influence and passion for the people of the new world is undeniable. He lived a life of poverty and loneliness and his dedication to his people has come back to him as an enduring legacy. In addition to the documentary, Penn gave us a look into his personal life and family life. What Penn did not do was live in a very secretive manner, for which he is forever remembered by his fellow survivors. This is a great documentary for any people interested in the life of William Penn.

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Lori

This is one of those documentaries that should be seen by everyone. It really makes you understand what is going on in our society and makes you realize that these problems are much bigger than any one person. If you like to listen and learn, this is for you. I am looking forward to seeing the second film by the same director, and I think the title of this film should be "The Five Heartbeats of the Unfinished Business."

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Juan

This documentary follows a family of five who lost their daughter in a motorcycle accident. It is beautifully filmed, it is full of tears, but not only those of the parents. This documentary does not show the family life as it is, it does not show the relationship between the father and his two daughters. The father is a former racer, he is not a little old-fashioned when it comes to women and racing. He has many faults, but when you look at the end of the documentary, you will see that there is a real sense of hope in his daughter's life. It shows the incredible feeling of having lost your daughter, and the need to make a new beginning in life, but the heartbreak of having lost a daughter that was so close to you.

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Mark Freeman

The documentary told a story about the brutal murder of Mike Brown. I felt the documentary was too long, especially when it got very dark. At times it was hard to understand what they were talking about, so I tried to be patient. I think that people who are going to see this documentary should be patient and wait for it to be over. This documentary really only tells one side of the story. I felt that the documentary should have been shorter and more concise. I know people will want to compare it to Michael Brown, but it really isn't like that. The documentary doesn't really tell the whole story. It is more of a middle-ground documentary that's more about the characters in the community and the community's reaction to the murder. I would have liked to see the documentary be a little shorter, but that was just my opinion. There was a lot of information and I felt like it was important for the community to be educated about how the police handled the investigation of this case. The documentary was very informative and showed people who were there that day and what they saw. I would have liked to see more information on how the community reacted to the murder, but I guess they weren't able to get to the police that day. The movie was very violent and disturbing, but I think it was necessary for the documentary. The documentary was very well-made and the main actor in the documentary really did a good job. Overall, I think the documentary is important and worth watching. I think that the community should have had more information about the investigation of the murder and that the community should have been educated about how the police handled the case. I think that it was a good documentary and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the Michael Brown case.

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Gerald Matthews

This is a very interesting documentary about the making of a movie, and the process of film making. It's well worth watching, and is well worth the time and money spent to see it.