Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

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Hollywood Shuffle follows Bobby Taylor, an aspiring actor facing stereotypical roles for African Americans in Hollywood. Using humor, it explores the challenges of racial typecasting and the pursuit of authentic representation in the entertainment industry. Through a series of comedic sketches, the film addresses systemic issues of racism and discrimination in the film industry while showcasing Townsend’s talent and creativity.

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‘Hollywood Shuffle’ Movie Summary

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Hollywood Shuffle (1987)Bobby Taylor, a young black actor in the 1980s, aspires to achieve Hollywood success with his talent, ambition, and the unwavering support of his loving family. While working his day job at Winky Dinky Dog, Bobby daydreams about becoming a successful actor.

Unfortunately, the available roles for young black actors are limited to stereotypical portrayals such as pimps, drug dealers, slaves, and gang members. Despite having principles, Bobby faces a dilemma. After numerous auditions, he is finally offered the lead role in a significant film titled “Jivetime Jimmy’s Revenge.” This movie has the potential to make him a star and earn accolades at the Oscars.

Bobby’s character, Jimmy, is a gang leader, a role that could propel him to stardom but comes at the cost of his family’s disapproval and a clash with his personal morals. The film explores Bobby’s internal conflict as he grapples with the decision to either compromise his principles for fame or uphold his ethics, risking his dreams of becoming a star.

To uncover Bobby’s ultimate choice, viewers are taken on a journey through his daydreams and sketches in the captivating narrative of 1980s Hollywood Shuffle.

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The Samuel Goldwyn Company released Hollywood Shuffle on March 20, 1987. Robert Townsend directed the film starring Robert Townsend, Craigus R. Johnson, and Helen Martin.

User Rating: 3.58 ( 3 votes)
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