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Moonwalker (1988)

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Anthology movie by, and starring, Michael Jackson in his prime, combining a number of music videos from his bestselling "Bad" album with a fantasy tale of Michael's confrontation with a ruthless drug dealer known as Mr. Big (Joe Pesci).

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself / Michael
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Sean
Kellie Parker ...
Katie
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Zeke 'Baby Bad' Michael (as Brandon Adams)
Ben Aaron ...
Maestro (as Ben Hoag)
Bilal ...
Dancer (segment 'Badder')
Brent Kelly ...
Jay O'Connor
Danial Brown
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Asian Madam (segment "Smooth Criminal")
Jose Chaidez
Garland Spencer ...
Dancer (segment 'Badder')
D.J. Dellos ...
Dancer (segment 'Badder')
Dylan Stewart ...
Ellan
Dove Dellos ...
Dancer (segment 'Badder')
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A movie that starts out with the "Man in the Mirror" music video, it then changes to a montage of video clips of Michael's career. Next comes a parody of his Bad video by children, and then Michael is chased by fans in a fantasy sequence. 2 more videos are shown, and then a movie in which Michael plays a hero with magical powers. In it he is chased by drug dealer Mr. Big and saves three children. Videos included in the movie are "Smooth Criminal" and "Come Together". Written by Tony Meier

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29 October 1988 (Japan)  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 2,740,282 (Sweden)
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It is reported the spontaneous gun shots by Jackson's character after "Smooth Criminal" was improvised by Jackson himself, who used a functional tommy gun and fired blanks to surprise everyone on and off set. See more »

Goofs

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View It For What It Is- A Music Video Collection
2 March 2000 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I was quite surprised to read some of the comments on this work, honestly. Some people were looking for a plot??? OK, when this video came out over a decade ago, I watched it for what it was: a collection of music videos. It's not a movie. It doesn't have a plot, nor a central storyline. It's a rather artistic anthology of mostly long-form videos, all of them rather smartly or creatively done. Michael Jackson may be considered a freak these days, but, after all, this was the man who gave us Thriller (considered by many to be the greatest music video of all time) and set trends with Billie Jean and Beat It. With Moonwalker, he and the filmmakers and artists who collaborated with him once again took his music and dance moves to create some vividly entertaining stuff, incorporating claymation, special effects, live performance footage, and even self-parody (the "Badder" sequence). And for those wondering what Joe Pesci was doing there, this video came out just a tad before he became a household name, and was one of his most memorable appearances on film. And, IMHO, I think the Smooth Criminal sequence (the choreographed section) beats anything else Michael Jackson did up to that point!


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