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The Temptations (1998)

The Temptations (1998)





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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 Franklin (D.B. Woodside) and Al Bryant (Chaz Lamar Shepherd) -- producer Johnnie Mae Matthews (Vanessa Bell Calloway) records the group as Otis Williams and the Distants. They perform with The Primes, including Kendricks (Terron Brooks) and Paul Williams (Christian Payton), and The Primettes (later The Supremes). When group members merge as The Elgins, Berry Gordy (Obba Babatunde) begins grooming the group. The name is changed to The Temptations, and a 1963 New Year's Eve altercation results in David Ruffin (Leon) replacing Bryant. The Motortown Revue is launched, and Smokey Robinson (Erik Michael Tristan) teams with Norman Whitfield (Mel Jackson) to compose/produce My Girl and Ain't Too Proud to Beg. As Ruffin becomes hooked on coke, Gordy moves to intro The Temptations to white record-buyers. In part two, Dennis Edwards (Charles Ley) replaces Ruffin, and after Paul Williams' suicide and some members leave the group, the act is dropped by Motown, later returning for a reunion tour and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This four-hour miniseries premiered November 1 on NBC.
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Television
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Terron Brooks
as Eddie Kendricks
as David Ruffin
Christian Payton
as Paul Williams
Charles Malik Whitfield
as Otis Williams
Alan Rosenberg
as Shelly Berger
Obba Babatundé
as Berry Gordy
Jenifer Lewis
as Mama Rose
D.B. Woodside
as Melvin Franklin
Chaz Lamar Shepherd
as Elbridge 'Al' Bryant
Vanessa Bell Calloway
as Johnnie Mae Matthews
Erik Christian
as Smokey Robinson
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Critic Reviews for The Temptations

All Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | June 25, 2014
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Audience Reviews for The Temptations

It's amazing to me how critics can just so easily ignore Black films. Sure, it was a miniseries, made for TV production; that doesn't negate the clear and overwhelming praise it's garnered and the majesty it delivers. I love this film, and this sentiment is shared with the vast majority of those who've viewed it.

Sin Kirabo
Sin Kirabo

Amazing. I didn't thought it would be that good. This movie is a must-see for any fan of pop music. The actors are superb- especially the one playing David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks. It made it seem as if you were watching the real Temptations. The music was excellent and the story was believable and well done. Very similar to "The Jacksons."

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot

I'm 18 right now and was about 10 when my father showed this movie to me. I really enjoyed it then, and now. It taught me a little bit of history about the genre and showed us what really hapenned behind the scenes of the legendary group.

Julian Alvarez
Julian Alvarez

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