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Cast

  (in credits order)

Sammy Davis Jr. ... Adam Johnson

Ossie Davis ... Nelson Davis

Cicely Tyson ... Claudia Ferguson

Louis Armstrong ... Willie Ferguson

Frank Sinatra Jr. ... Vincent

Peter Lawford ... Manny

Mel Tormé ... Mel Torme
Lola Falana ... Theo
Jeanette Du Bois ... Martha

Johnny Brown ... Les
George Rhodes ... Leroy
Michael Silva ... George
Michael Lipton ... Bobby Gales
Kai Winding ... Kai Winding

Kenneth Tobey ... Club Owner
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Red - the Sheriff
Morris D. Erby

Michael V. Gazzo
Matt Russo
Will Hussung ... Judge (as Will Hussing)
Ted Beniades
Roy Glenn ... Police Detective Sergeant
Don Crabtree
Elvera Davis
Brunetta Bernstein
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benny Carter ... Benny Carter (uncredited)

Morgan Freeman ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Carl Lee ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack E. Leonard ... Jack E. Leonard (uncredited)
Lester Wilson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
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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)
 
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Edward Folger .... production assistant
 

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99 min
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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A Must See Film, 30 December 2006
Author: coon28 from United States

This film, made in 1966, was a bold attempt at addressing the contemporary conflicts of race and identity as it affected an African American jazz musician during the turbulent civil rights era. Adam (Sammy Davis Jr.) is a celebrated yet self destructive jazz musician and womanizer. Possessing a mean temper with a short fuse, he also has a serious drinking problem. In the opening scenes we are introduced to Adam leading his band in a sensuous slow number to an appreciative audience at a jazz club. When a drunken audience member insists he play something up-tempo, the volatile Adam abruptly stops playing and nearly assaults his heckler before storming out of the club and hopping a plane back to New York without explanation. Arriving home drunk with a sexy stewardess whose name he can't remember (a very lovely Lola Falana in her first screen role, which amounts to a brief cheesecake walk-on) Adam inconveniently discovers his apartment has been loaned for the week-end by his best friend (played by Ossie Davis) to a respected, elderly jazz musician (Louis Armstrong) and his chaperon/grand-daughter, a young civil rights activist (Cicely Tyson). Honored by the presence of the senior musician and attracted to his grand- daughter's sharp wit, politic-ism, and natural beauty (unlike the other African American actresses in this film, Tyson wears her hair in a short afro and wears little to no make-up). To his best friend's dismay, Adam attempts to embark upon a serious relationship with the activist, and to meet her challenge to him to be "nothing less and nothing less" than what what he is, "a man. With the support of his no-nonsense girlfriend and his young protégé (Frank Sinatra Jr.) Adam's efforts to tame his drinking and his anger look promising until an unexpected confrontation with the police tips the scale. Neither the elder musician's (Armstrong) brand of courteous subservience nor Tyson's subscription to non- violent protest works for Adam, In an era where his art cannot shield him from the stigma and crisis of his race, Adam is a time-bomb waiting to happen. Davis' performance is riveting as is Tyson's. The issues presented in this film were raw at the time of its making, and Davis and Tyson present African American characters that were almost unprecedented in their dramatic intensity and three dimensionality--an exception would be Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln's startling performances in "Nothin' But AMan", (1961). Rat-pack bad boy Peter Lawford joins the cast as Adam's powerful and vindictive agent who, after twice being humiliated by Adam (don't miss the scene in famed NY restaurant, 21), blackballs him, then forces him back to the humiliation of the segregated south. Also look for a brief yet strong performance from an uncredited Jan'et DuBois ("Willona" on 1970s TV show, "Good Times") as Adam's pride-less sometimes girlfriend, and Academy award winning actor Morgan Freeman an extra in a party scene featuring singer Mel Torme.

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