WorldCat Identities

Townsend, Robert 1957-

Works: 97 works in 253 publications in 4 languages and 5,775 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Children's films  Juvenile works  Musical films  Nonfiction television programs  Filmed operas  Nonfiction films  Comedy films  Film adaptations  Filmed stand-up comedy routines 
Roles: Director, Actor, Producer, Author of screenplay, fld, Author, Scenarist, fmp, fmd, Film editor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Robert Townsend
The Five Heartbeats by Robert Townsend( Visual )

24 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and French and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five young friends are drawn together by music. Their dreams of fame and fortune take them from amateur nights in ghetto clubs to the pinnacle of show business success and personal tragedy. When the vocal group The Five Heartbeats get to the top of music world they learn the hard reality of the music industry
Hollywood shuffle by Robert Townsend( Visual )

20 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comedy about Bobby Taylor, a young black actor trying to get a foothold in Hollywood but running into problems of stereotyping at every turn
Bill Cosby-- far from finished by Bill Cosby( Visual )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Cosby partners up with Comedy Central for his first comedy special in over two decades. The highly anticipated look back into the funny, satirical and heart-warming style of the iconic comedy legend himself
10,000 black men named George by Not Available( Visual )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The true story of the formation of the first black-controlled union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Asa Philip Randolph, a black journalist establishes a voice for the forgotten workers of the Pullman Rail Company, were all black porters were simply named "George", after George Pullman, the first person to employ emancipated slaves
The Mighty Quinn by Carl Schenkel( Visual )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, Maubee, becomes associated with murder and a briefcase full of ten thousand dollar bills, the mighty Quinn must clear his name - or try to catch him, which could be even trickier
In the hive by Loretta Devine( Visual )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixteen-year-old Xtra Keys lives by a few simple rules, all rooted in a world of brazen retaliatory violence. Only his infant son is excluded from his hard-shell persona. Xtra hopes to raise his son better than his boozy, razor-edged mother raised him and his younger siblings and he just might get his wish when he's thrust into the world of the HIVE, an unorthodox alternative school full of other discarded boys
Carmen by Georges Bizet( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A timeless story of desire, passion, and betrayal told through song by a cast of today's hip-hop stars
Of boys and men( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set on Chicago's West Side, this moving drama highlights the strength of family and the power of love. The long-awaited day has finally arrived: Holden and Rieta Cole's eldest son Terrell is graduating from college! But tragedy strikes suddenly, and now the Coles are forced to cope with overwhelming grief on top of life's everyday challenges. While Holden battles demons of pain and regret, his sister Janay steps in to help guide her loved ones on a healing path
Saturday night live : the best of Eddie Murphy by Eddie Murphy( Visual )

6 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eddie Murphy entertains with celebrity impersonations and his observations on '80s love, sex, marriage, his remembrance of Mom's hamburgers, and more
Holiday heart( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Holiday heart" is a poignant heartfelt drama about how love can overcome addiction and prejudice
Why we laugh( Visual )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrates African-American comedians and their cultural influence on American society. Includes performances, interviews, and insights from some of the most celebrated and outspoken comedians of all time. Icons of comedy Chris Rock, Bill Cosby, and Keenan Ivory Wayans, among others, all weigh in on what it means to be a black comic in America, while cultural critics, noted scholars, and prominent politicians trace the evolution of black comedy from the days of Stepin Fetchit and blackface minstrels straight through to Russell Simmons', Def ComedyJam, highlighting the ways in which individuals can inspire cultural change
The best of the original An evening at the Improv( Visual )

2 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four DVD box set features the best and funniest comedians to have performed at the iconic Improv Club in Los Angeles including the likes of; Billy Crystal, Howie Mandel, Jim Carrey, Phyllis Diller, Leslie Nielsen, Jackie Mason, and 67 other outstanding comedians. Twelve hours of classic comedy chosen from the first 52 original hours of the television series called 'An Evening At The Improv.' This Special Edition is the first time this rare original footage has ever been released on DVD
The Meteor Man( Visual )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A substitute teacher finds himself endowed with super powers when he is hit by a meteor. He uses his newfound power to bring peace to his neighborhood and learns a few valuable life lessons along the way
B.A.P.S : (Black American Princesses)( Visual )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nesi is a waitress who moves to California with dreams of opening her own restaurant and hair salon with a friend, but instead scams a sick billionaire into thinking she is the daughter of his long lost love in return for the use of his mansion
Phantom punch( Visual )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A visceral uppercut to the gut portrays controversial former world heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston, resurrected as a brooding menace to society and tragic hero. Chronicles Liston's triumphs and tragedies: his run-ins with racism, the mob, and the law, to become the champion of the world. Highlighted by bone-crunching matches and crime-filled drama
Love songs( Visual )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trilogy of stories loosely related to one another, about people living in an urban neighborhood
Playin' for love( Visual )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coach Banks is used to calling all the shots for his championship high school basketball team and in his own love life. But that's about to change when he meets, Talisa McCoy, the mother of a star player, new to Jackson high. She's a beautiful, strong-willed single mom, with her own ideas on a winning team, and the perfect man. Now, this coach will have to learn a few new plays if he's going to stay in the game
Rumpelstiltskin by Paul Galdone( Visual )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jonae's father tells the king she can spin straw into gold. When she is required to perform this task, an impish man appears and offers to help. Jonae soon learns that assistance sometimes comes with a price, expecially when dealing with Rumpelstiltskin
I was a teenage Faust( Visual )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr. Five (Robert Townsend) is in deep trouble with his boss, the Devil, aka Satan. He desperately needs more souls. Brendan (Josh Zuckerman) is a teenager who desperately wants to be cool. This is a match made, not in heaven, but in ... you know where. When Brendan has a change of heart, he realizes he must find some way to outsmart Mr. Five and get out of the deal or spend eternity feeling the heat
Great drives( Visual )

2 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Townsend takes viewers on a transcontinental journey from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California along historic Route 66
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Alternative Names
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English (129)

French (3)

Spanish (1)

German (1)

CarmenThe Meteor ManLove songs