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A Man Called Adam
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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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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
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
(in alphabetical order)
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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Adam's trumpet playing was actually done by Nat Adderley.See more »
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Bobby Gales:Musicians. You're children. All children.See more »
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4 out of 4 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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