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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
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George
Kai Winding ...
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Martha (as Jeanette DuBois)
Michael Lipton ...
Bobby Gales
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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 Swinging World You Had to Be Tough Just to Survive! See more »

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Drama | Music

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7 December 1967 (Hungary)  »

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Mellan jazz och gryning  »

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This movie never had an official theatrical release in Sweden, so it's very belated premiere came on Swedish television in 1993. See more »

Quotes

Claudia Ferguson: [after their confrontation with two racist policemen] That's right. Two jerks came up here to do their job to find you, me and a white boy, which they weren't too thrilled about anyway, and you have to give them some lip. Save your heroism for something important.
Adam Johnson: It was important. Don't you know that, Claudia? Take a piece of you here, a piece of you there, so there's nothing left... except yessah, boss!
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.174 (2012) See more »

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Claudia
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Music by Benny Carter
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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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