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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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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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3 August 1966 (USA)  »

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O tragoudistis me tin hrysi trompeta  »

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Adam's trumpet playing was actually done by Nat Adderley. See more »

Quotes

Martha: I understand you were involved in sit-ins, demonstrations and all of that down there.
Claudia Ferguson: Yes.
Martha: Fantastic. You mean you sit on stools. A cat comes along and knocks you off and you just get back on it.
Claudia Ferguson: Well... I...
Martha: Messy cats! I hear they have special classes where they teach you how to take abuse. Why don't you teach me some of that damn abuse, you dirty, black bitch!
[She slaps Claudia across the face]
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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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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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