The Temptations (1998)

The Temptations


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This biographical TV miniseries tracks members of the famed Motown group, The Temptations, faithfully following their rise to fame and the subsequent downhill race in a chronological coverage spanning 40 years. In 1958, when Detroit high-schoolers harmonize on street corners to meet girls, Otis Williams (Charles Malik Whitfield) finds his mom Haze (Tina Lifford) supports his singing but not his stepfather Edgar (Harold Surratt). When Williams brings together his group The Siberians -- with … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Johnson, Kevin Arkadie
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On DVD: Nov 1, 1998



as Eddie Kendricks

as David Ruffin

as Paul Williams

as Otis Williams

as Melvin Franklin

as Shelly Berger

as Mama Rose

as Berry Gordy

as Elbridge 'Al' Bryant

as Johnnie Mae Matthews

as Smokey Robinson
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A solid bio-pic that I'm hoping is handled better in the future.

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Love this movie, love the music, but it's so heartbreaking!

Remi Logan

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One of the best biographies I've seen in a long while. I'm a very big fan of Motown music, so I was thoroughly enjoyed with each hit they included in this film. Before watching this film, I really didn't know that much about how they formed and what they went through to keep their group alive. I actually felt each characters pain and loss when showed.

The top actor for me here was probably Leon who played David Ruffin. His battles with drug addiction and his powerful voice, was in my opinion; The Temptations. All the way down to his demise in the mid 90's. They were a powerful force in Motown and they still shine today for me. This film proves they will forever live on.

Rob Cisneros

a great movie, loved the songs love how they acted JUST loved it... it also made m cry ... not for long though

eric conley

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