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Robert Townsend: Partners in Crime, Vol. 2 (1991)

Franklyn Ajaye , Jesse Aragon  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Franklyn Ajaye, Jesse Aragon, Carl Craig, Tommy Davidson, Barry Diamond
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Urban Works
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009QGBC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,440 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robert Townsend: Partners in Crime, Vol. 2" on IMDb

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Considered one of the most versatile talents in Hollywood today, Robert Townsend is regarded by many as a renaissance man. He is an actor, director, producer, comedian and writer with a career that spans 15 years. He has acted in films like A Soldier's Story, directed by Norman Jewison, and The Mighty Quinn with Denzel Washington. He truly broke ground in 1987 when he wrote, directed, produced and starred in the classic comedy Hollywood Shuffle. For the small screen, he created and produced two ground breaking variety shows, the Cable Ace Award Winning Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime for HBO and the Fox Television Variety Show Townsend Television. Originally aired on HBO, Robert Townsend's Partners In Crime will make its DVD and VHS debut! The release features some of America's top African American talent including: Sinbad, David Allen Grier, Marlon Wayans and more!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any true comedy fan December 25, 2005
So glad to find this on Amazon! As a teen, my friends and I watched the entire series. We still laugh about it and ocassionally repeat lines from the show. There is a lot of talent packed into this program. Many of his "Partners In Crime" were virtually unheard of when the special aired on HBO back in the 80's. An easy way to own footage of today's top sitcom and movie comedians before they made it big. Check out their style and see what they were like before blowing up. If you're a true fan of comedy, then this dvd is for you. This will no doubt become a classic (it already is in my book).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I remember watching Robert Townsend and His Partners In Crime back in the 80's on HBO. The Volume 1 DVD has some of the comedy items I remember, but it has unfortunately been edited or cut up and is not like the original was. One skit I recall in particular that was one of the funniest things I have seen to date was called "Farters Anonymous", where people confess that they are hooked and addicted, but the center helped them. As they continue, you realize they are talking about a rather large flatulance problem that they have overcome. At the end, several members of this group hold candles say their first name and admit they are a "farter" or they "poot", until one fellow admits that he just ate a "big old can of beans". The group immedately blows out the candles as a 1-800-555-POOT number flashes across the screen. This item is not in this DVD, which I found very dissapointing. However, I did enjoy watching the black version of "Dynasty" again and some of the stand up comedians were pretty funny. To sum it all up in a nutshell, I was not particularly thrilled with Volume 1 of Partners In Crime. It is rather blase. I have not watched Volumes 2 and 3 as yet, but hope that some of the missing comedy items I remember are included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best laughs on HBO are back! September 24, 2003
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I LOVED Robert Townsend from the beginning! The Partners in Crime specials on HBO were some of the most entertaining things ever. How could you not laugh at "the Bold, the Black, and the Beautiful"- one of the best soap opera parodies ever? Or the tribute to every kung-fu movie ever made (complete with bad dubbing)? Combine those with various musical guests- this episode has Howard Hewett- and some early appearances of various memebers of the Wayans family, and you've easily gotten your money's worth! (Did I mention that my mother even liked this series?) I only hope they release all 5 specials...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Duh!, it is the original! August 19, 2008
My first memory of Tommy Davidson and Robin Harris-this is why these are classics!! Check out Bobby Brown before crack!
Don't play, if you are my age(if you remember these episodes, you my age) and seriously disappointed with the crap wanna be comedy that is on TV today, collect you Robert Townsend and Def Comedy Jam before they disappear. You will crack up all over again and remember where you seen the top comics first! HBO as always been revolutionary, Robert did just that with his Partners in Crime. GET IT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I love it but there is a skit missing November 14, 2009
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I remember seeing this in the late 80's when I was a tween but the skit that's missing 1-800-POOP. They should of had it on here, because I was watching this with my family and we were looking for it. But we still had a lot of laughs especially seeing "The Bold, The Black, The Beautiful"
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! August 17, 2005
By A. Hall
I taped (put a small stereo to the tv and made an AUDIO tape) of this routine when it aired on HBO when I was young because I loved it so much. The range and talent in this production is rarely seen all together. I've been searching for the DVD and I am so happy to have finally found it. Paul Mooney we love you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy January 18, 2014
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I remember this is the first time I saw Robin Harris doing stand up & he was hilarious! Then came his future characters after this Partners in Crime- Sweet d**k willy, Pops, Butta bean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Townsend's Partners in Crime April 28, 2013
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I had been searching for this DVD for a period of time and finally found it in stock. I am a fan of Mr. Townsend [siince PBS], both Mr. Wayans and Mr. Mooney. Miss Williams as choreographer- excellent. Musical director- Miss
and Miss Johnson
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost on this one
This is not a review of the movie, just the package. The product may be good but the disc had a security tag stuck to CD face and got stuck in our player. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Frederick Nichelson
1.0 out of 5 stars WASTE OF MONEY
Published 20 months ago by IBUYALLTHETIME
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Brought back many old memories. Only two more to collect. Humor is somewhat raw, but I just like seeing the old comedians together with the up and coming crowd.
Published 21 months ago by Danny Skelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!!!
If you need a good laugh, THIS IS IT!!!! Robert Townsend is sssooooo funny!!!! This was first aired as an HBO special years ago and I thought it was funny then!!!! Read more
Published on July 4, 2012 by kimmiejhicks
2.0 out of 5 stars Comedy on the cutting floor
Partners In CrimeJust got Volume I and did not get the comedians I saw back in the 80's.
Barry Diamond, one of the funniest in the first HBO special was cut out. Read more
Published on August 22, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Townsend: Partners in Crime Vol. 2
If you liked the HBO special, heres a chance to collect and watch it again. Vol.2 was the second and was pretty good. Fans get them while they last.
Published on August 16, 2011 by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I remembered.
This seemed a lot funnier 20 years ago. The best thing about this was Franklin Ajaye. Other than that, blah.
Published on June 20, 2011 by BigLoo
4.0 out of 5 stars memories
I had been looking for routine from Tommy Davidson that I had remembered from years ago. I was so happy to find out that it was on this dvd because I was just ordering Robert... Read more
Published on May 16, 2010 by P. Crutchfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Robert Townsend: Partners in Crime, Vol. 2
I bought this DVD for my brother, and he seemed to be extremely happy with the DVD. Thank you for sending the product quickly and making sure the DVD was unharmed in transit.
Published on October 28, 2009 by H. Jordan
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