A Man Called Adam (1966)

 |  Drama, Music  |  3 August 1966 (USA)
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A famous jazz trumpeter finds himself unable to cope with the problems of everyday life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Johnson
Willie Ferguson
Nelson Davis
Claudia Ferguson
Guest Singer at Party)
Blind Les
George Rhodes ...
Michael Silva ...
Kai Winding ...
Martha (as Jeanette DuBois)
Michael Lipton ...
Bobby Gales
Lola Falana ...
Club Owner


A famous jazz trumpeter finds himself unable to cope with the problems of everyday life.

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3 August 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O tragoudistis me tin hrysi trompeta  »

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Nelson Davis: Stop it, Claudia. Stop it! How long do you intend to go on punishing yourself like this? You're not responsible.
Claudia Ferguson: How can you say that, Nelson? I fell in love with a beautiful, sensitive man. A hurt man. A man who hits back. Who never let's anybody step on him. He was proud. And what did I do? I lectured him. 'Adam, you can't do this. Adam, you mustn't do that.' I would rather he fought on that street corner and died.
Nelson Davis: Claudia!
Claudia Ferguson: Yes, died! Instead he stood there and did nothing. Because of me. He ...
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Whisper To One
Music and Lyrics by Benny Carter
Sung by Sammy Davis Jr.
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Sammy Davis Jr.'s A Man Called Adam was a fine dramatic showcase for him
3 March 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this on Netflix disc with my mom. We both enjoyed this obscure film from 1966 about a jazz musician who suffers ups and downs because of a past he can't escape. Sammy Davis Jr. is Adam Johnson, a trumpeter with a short temper and a messed up social life. Ossie Davis is his club owner friend Nelson, Frank Sinatra Jr. is his Caucasion protégé Vincent, Cicely Tyson is his activist lover Claudia, Louis Armstrong is her grandfather who's also a jazz musician named Willie, and Peter Lawford is his agent Manny. All are very compelling in their roles which takes on many issues with racism and why Adam feels the way he does. Also interesting seeing such up-and-coming stars like Ja'net Du Bois, Johnny Brown (both eventually of "Good Times"), and Lola Falana in some roles. Oh, and the director is Leo Penn, father of Sean Penn. So on that note, I highly recommend A Man Called Adam. Oh, and I also loved Mel Torme doing his thing in one number.

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