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A Man Called Adam (1966)

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

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Adam Johnson
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Willie Ferguson
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Nelson Davis
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Claudia Ferguson
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Vincent
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Guest Singer at Party)
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Manny
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Blind Les
George Rhodes ...
Leroy
Michael Silva ...
George
Kai Winding ...
Trombonist
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Martha (as Jeanette DuBois)
Michael Lipton ...
Bobby Gales
Lola Falana ...
Theo
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Club Owner
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A famous jazz trumpeter finds himself unable to cope with the problems of everyday life.

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In Adam's World... The Music Never Stops! See more »

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Film debut of Lola Falana. See more »

Quotes

Manny: You've gotta learn to behave. Discipline. All you have to do is blow your music, grab the money and run. Now I know you've had a lot of tough breaks. You had the accident and we all cried. But that's 10 years now. You've got to snap out of it!
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.174 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

All That Jazz
Music and Lyrics by Benny Carter and Al Stillman
Played over the credits by trumpeter Nathaniel Adderly
Sung at a party by Mel Tormé
Reprised by Mel Tormé at the end of the film
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Jazz is king
28 April 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For some reason this film has gone sadly neglected over the years when assessing Sammy Davis, Jr. The man sung and danced and acted with the best. His trumpet playing may have been dubbed, but Davis was as real a deal talent wise as we've ever had.

A Man Called Adam casts Davis as a trumpet player who's been on a downward spiral for 10 years ever since he lost a wife and child in a car accident. Even dissipated and drunk as he is the talent is there and he still gets bookings. But the jazz clubs are disappearing as well as his concentration.

When he gets himself involved with Cicely Tyson the only question has she come too late to be a salvation for him?

Ossie Davis plays Tyson's uncle and guardian and the great Louis Armstrong is Davis's mentor. No doubt Sammy was learning from the best. Might have been nice to see some of Satchmo's own playing.

I'd love to know how Davis managed to get Peter Lawford and Frank Sinatra, Jr. in the same film. Lawford and Sinatra Sr. had broken off all relations four years earlier. Still Davis of all the clan members kept up a friendship with Peter Lawford who plays a big booking agent. Sinatra, Jr. plays an up and coming jazz trumpeter who idolizes Davis and takes quite a bit of guff from him during the film.

A Man Called Adam is a nicely acted film all around by its cast and it should be better known. Especially when assessing the whole career of Sammy Davis, Jr.


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