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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)

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Sammy Davis Jr.'s A Man Called Adam was a fine dramatic showcase for him See more (6 total) »

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:
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)
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 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Rosen 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Robert 
 
Costume Design by
Frank L. Thompson 
 
Production Management
Merrill S. Brody .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Al Gramaglia .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe master
 
Music Department
Nat Adderley .... musician: trumpet solos (dubbed for Mr. Davis) (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
 
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Edward Folger .... production assistant
 

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Adam's trumpet playing was actually done by Nat Adderley.See more »
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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 loves me. And he gave up his manhood for me. Oh... he was always talking about what he was doing to me. Dear God! What did I do to him? What did I do to him?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Sammy Davis Jr.'s A Man Called Adam was a fine dramatic showcase for him, 3 March 2014
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

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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