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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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Product Details

  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009QGBC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,884 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robert Townsend: Partners in Crime, Vol. 2" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dusk's Dawn on December 25, 2005
Format: DVD
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 By P. Mitchell on June 15, 2006
Format: DVD
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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By Robbin Rae Mcculloch on August 19, 2008
Format: DVD
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 By Ebony Willis on 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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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. What a loss.
Robbin from Chicago was also out from Babe's kids fame. He died too early and now he is not on the DVD.
The comedy I remember must be on the cutting floor.
Partners In Crime
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Hall on August 17, 2005
Format: DVD
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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By P. Crutchfield on May 16, 2010
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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 Townsend for nostalgic purposes. Robin Harris also debuts his "be be kids " routine. 4 stars because the stand ups r funny, the skits are not.
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