Hollywood Shuffle

Hollywood Shuffle

Robert Townsend
 Cast: Robert Townsend
Robert Townsend
, Anne-Marie Johnson
Anne-Marie Johnson
, Starletta DuPois
Starletta DuPois
, Helen Martin
Helen Martin


$22.99 $24.99 Save 8% Current price is $22.99, Original price is $24.99. You Save 8%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


This satirical look at the ambivalent relationship between Hollywood power brokers and African-American performers marked the writing, producing, and directing debut of Robert Townsend. The filmmaker also stars as Bobby Taylor, a struggling actor looking for his big break despite his family's and co-workers' reservations about his chosen career path. While working a day job flipping burgers, Bobby heads out to insulting cattle calls where white casting agents pass judgement on whether he seems "black enough." Meanwhile, he imagines himself playing Sam Spade, Rambo, and other movie heroes rather than the stereotypical roles actually available to him. When Bobby actually does win one such pimp-daddy part, however, he is forced to choose between accepting work that opens doors, but ultimately demeans him and returning to obscurity with his principles intact. Hollywood Shuffle's enormous supporting cast includes a wealth of black actors, from then-unknowns such as Damon Wayans to veterans such as 227 star Helen Martin. Self-financed and filmed on scraps of hand-me-down celluloid, the film helped establish actor Townsend as a director of note and also kick-started the career of co-screenwriter and co-star Keenen Ivory Wayans, who would cast Townsend in his own directorial debut the following year.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2015
UPC: 0887090097901
Original Release: 1987
Rating: R
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:18:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Townsend Bobby Taylor,Jasper,Sam Ace,Speed
Anne-Marie Johnson Lydia/Willie Mae/Hooker #5
Starletta DuPois Bobby's Mother
Helen Martin Bobby's Grandmother
Craigus R. Johnson Stevie, Bobby's Brother
Dom Jack Irrera Writer
Paul Mooney NAACP President
Lisa Mende Casting Director
Robert R. Shafer Commercial Director
John Witherspoon Mr. Jones
Ludie Washington Tiny
Keenen Ivory Wayans Donald/Jerry Curl
Gregory "Popeye" Alexander Pimp
Sarah Katie Coughlin Sitcom Girl Friend
Tommy Morgan Actor
Howard Allen Actor
Beverly Brown Actor
Marc Figueroa Sitcom Father,Client #2
Brad Sanders Batty Boy
David McKnight Uncle Ray
Don Reed Maurice
Kim Wayans Customer in Chair
Conni Marie Brazelton Hooker
Lorrie Marlow Hooker #2/Reporter
Sena Ayn Black Receptionist
Roy Fegan Jesse Wilson,Slave #2,Zombie
Jesse Aragon Audition Actor/Student #1/Punk
Verda Bridges Audition Actor/Bessie/Hostage
Bobby McGee Audition Actor/Zombie Pimp/Eddie
Rusty Cundieff Audition Actor/Slave #1/Zombie
Carl Craig Audition Actor/Basketball
E.J. Murray Actor in Audition
Nancy Cheryl Davis Audition Actor,Hooker
Tony Edwards Audition Actor/Eddie Murphy
Grand L. Bush Mandingo Ricky Taylor/Hood #5
Richard Cummings Slave #3/Hood #1
Michael Smith Student #2/Zombie Pimp
Michael Conn Teacher #2/Police Detective #1
Jimmy Woodard Advance Student/Basketball
Franklyn Ajaye Body Guard #1
Damon Wayans Body Guard #2/Willie
Michael Colyar Body Guard #3
Donald Douglass Basketball Player/Eddie Murphy
Christopher Jackson Punk #1
Jim Beaver Postal Worker
Wren T. Brown Picketer #2
Steven Fertig Agent #2
Myra J. Picketer #1
Steve W. James Hood #3
Lydia Nicole Make-Up Woman
Nancy Scher Client #1
Nick Stewart Cookie's Father
Le Tari Rudy
Eugene Robert Glazer Director

Technical Credits
Robert Townsend Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Gregory "Popeye" Alexander Songwriter
Sheree Brown Songwriter
Bruce Cecil Songwriter
Carl Craig Executive Producer,Production Manager
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Donald Douglass Choreography
Melba Farquhar Art Director,Production Designer
W.O. Garrett Editor
Udi Harpaz Score Composer
George James Hopkins Songwriter
Steve James Stunts
Morris O'Connor Songwriter
Patrice Rushen Score Composer
William Shaffer Sound/Sound Designer
Keenen Ivory Wayans Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hollywood Shuffle
1. Chapter 1 [13:56]
2. Chapter 2 [8:47]
3. Chapter 3 [9:31]
4. Chapter 4 [10:16]
5. Chapter 5 [11:36]
6. Chapter 6 [5:01]
7. Chapter 7 [5:34]
8. Chapter 8 [8:39]
9. Chapter 9 [8:17]

Customer Reviews