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A Man Called Adam -- Sammy Davis Jr. headlines a star-studded cast in this powerful drama.

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In Adam's World... The Music Never Stops! See more »
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A famous jazz trumpeter finds himself unable to cope with the problems of everyday life. | Add synopsis »
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Sammy Davis Jr’s overlooked movie
 (From ShadowAndAct. 26 February 2010, 1:19 PM, PST)

Music Makers
 (From JustPressPlay. 18 January 2010, 8:00 AM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Sammy Davis Jr. ... Adam Johnson

Louis Armstrong ... Willie Ferguson

Ossie Davis ... Nelson Davis

Cicely Tyson ... Claudia Ferguson

Frank Sinatra Jr. ... Vincent

Mel Tormé ... Guest Singer at Party)

Peter Lawford ... Manny

Johnny Brown ... Blind Les
George Rhodes ... Leroy
Michael Silva ... George
Kai Winding ... Trombonist

Ja'net DuBois ... Martha (as Jeanette DuBois)
Michael Lipton ... Bobby Gales
Lola Falana ... Theo

Kenneth Tobey ... Club Owner

Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Red - the Sheriff
Carl Lee ... Minor Role
Morris D. Erby ... Minor Role
Lester Wilson ... Minor Role
Matt Russo ... Minor Role
Will Hussung ... Judge (as Will Hussing)
Ted Beniades ... Minor Role
Roy Glenn ... Police Detective Sergeant
Don Crabtree ... Minor Role
Elvera Davis ... Minor Role
Brunetta Bernstein ... Minor Role
Nathaniel Adderly ... Trumpet Soloist for Mr. Davis (as Nat Adderly)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Favata ... Bass player - party scene
Vance Robinson ... Audience member
Benny Carter ... Benny Carter (uncredited)

Morgan Freeman ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Michael V. Gazzo ... (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack E. Leonard ... Jack E. Leonard, Party Guest (uncredited)
Hal Miller ... Minor Role (uncredited)
S. Pearl Sharp ... Party guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Leo Penn 
 
Writing credits
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Lester Pine 
Tina Pine  (as Tina Rome)

Produced by
Merrill S. Brody .... associate producer
Ike Jones .... producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer
James Waters .... producer
 
Original Music by
Benny Carter 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Priestley 
 
Film Editing by
Carl Lerner 
 
Casting by
Bernie Styles 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Rosen 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Robert 
 
Costume Design by
Frank L. Thompson 
 
Makeup Department
Peter Garofalo .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Merrill S. Brody .... production manager
Sidney J. Kaufman .... production executive (as Sidney Kaufman)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Glickman .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Shelly Bartolini .... scenic artist (as Shelley Bartolini)
Hubert J. Oates .... properties (as Hubert Oates)
Carlos Quiles .... master carpenter
Sam Robert .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Al Gable .... sound editor
Al Gramaglia .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennis Maitland .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Garbarini .... camera operator (as Peter Gabarini)
Homer Gardner .... chief construction grip
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera
Milton Moshlak .... chief electrician (as Milt Moshlak)
Robert Royal .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
T. Jones .... wardrobe: Miss Tyson
Cye Martin .... wardrobe: Mr. Davis
George Newman .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
Marc Laub .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Benny Carter .... conductor
Nat Adderley .... musician: trumpet solos (dubbed for Mr. Davis) (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sidney Becker .... script supervisor
Edward Folger .... production assistant
Jennifer Ryan .... assistant to the producers
 

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99 min
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Adam's trumpet playing was actually done by Nat Adderley.See more »
Quotes:
Adam Johnson:You don't know what it's like to sit up and stand and blow your guts out night after night and let some idiot sittin' there sayin,' 'Why don't you play Melancholy Baby' man! Well, I'm finished with it. I don't have to take it anymore. Any musician that's worth anything will tell you I'm right!See more »
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Jazz is king, 28 April 2016
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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