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The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  15 November 1992 (USA)
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The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show ... See full summary »

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The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show after talent show they soon hit it big when Motown calls. From there they become the now famous Jackson 5. But along the way their success brings trouble and turmoil Written by Tony Meier <discokid@aol.com>

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There's fame...there's fortune...and then there's family. Sometimes it's hard to choose.

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Broadcast as two episodes with a total audience of 38.3 million viewers, a huge success for the ABC network. See more »

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During their performance at the Apollo, the strap on Jermaine Jackson's bass snaps off, nearly dropping the bass guitar. But since Michael Jackson's character is obviously the focus, this scene was never corrected. See more »

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Joseph Jackson: You know, Berry Gordy's not gonna be satisfied until he has one of my boys calling him "Daddy".
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A Sympathetic Portrait of the Jackson Family!
4 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First, this mini-series was produced by Suzanne De Passe who played by Vanessa Williams in the mini-series. I didn't realize so much about the Jacksons as a family before. Angela Bassett gives a moving performance as the family's matriarch that Katherine is both strong and loving. Her controversial husband, Joe Jackson, becomes more sympathetic to the viewer. Maybe his portrayer Laurence Hilton Jacobs has done a brilliant job in showing his complex relationship with his children. Holly Robinson is casted as Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams plays the legendary Berry Gordy (founder of Motown and not inducted into the Kennedy Center Honors is bewildering). Once the Jacksons win the amateur night at the Apollo Theatre then they get to go to Detroit, home of Motown Records, and first sing for Suzanne who must persuade Berry to listen to them. He was hesitant at first but he liked what he saw. From there on, the Jacksons were going to be big but there were problems in the family as always. Since the loss of Michael Jackson, this mini-series is a tribute for both him and the family.


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