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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 Joseph Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Katherine Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Diana Ross (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Martha Scruse (2 episodes, 1992)
Alex Burrall ...
 Michael Jackson (aged 6-8) (2 episodes, 1992)
Jermaine Jackson II ...
 Jermaine Jackson (aged 13-17) (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Jackie Jackson - age 12-16 (2 episodes, 1992)
Kelli Martin ...
 La Toya Jackson - Age 8-10 (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Marlon Jackson - age 7-9 (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Rebbie Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Michael Jackson (aged 9-14) (2 episodes, 1992)
Ángel Vargas ...
 Tito Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Jackie Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
(2 episodes, 1992)
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 Dee Dee (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Berry Gordy (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Suzanne de Passe (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Hazel Gordy (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Verla (2 episodes, 1992)
Finis Henderson III ...
 Apollo Theatre MC (2 episodes, 1992)
Grady Harrell ...
 Jackie Wilson (2 episodes, 1992)
Jimmy Castor ...
 Royal (2 episodes, 1992)
Eugene Lee ...
 Bill Bray (2 episodes, 1992)
Bobby Mardis ...
 Chicago Theatre MC (2 episodes, 1992)
Narcissa Marte ...
 High School Girl (2 episodes, 1992)
Charles E. Timbers Jr. ...
 Dr. Hayes (2 episodes, 1992)
Shakiem Evans ...
 Tito Jackson - Age 10-14 (2 episodes, 1992)
Ebonie Smith ...
 La Toya Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
Maya Nicole Johnson ...
 Janet (2 episodes, 1992)
Jacen Wilkerson ...
 Marlon Jackson - Age 10-12 (2 episodes, 1992)
Nicholas Phillips ...
 Randy Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
Wylie Draper ...
 Michael Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
Colin Steele ...
 Jermaine Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
Marcus Maurice ...
 Marlon Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
Robert Redcross
(2 episodes, 1992)
Randy Kirby ...
 Reporter (2 episodes, 1992)
Terry Coleman ...
 Tito's Friend (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Groupie 1 (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Groupie 2 (2 episodes, 1992)
Melanie Taylor ...
 Airport Fan 1 (2 episodes, 1992)
Emily Williams ...
 Airport Fan 2 (2 episodes, 1992)
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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Jermaine meets Hazel after de-planing and he says, "I've been dreamin' about this," his lips are saying something else. See more »

Quotes

Suzanne de Passe: When you get on stage, Michael, you like it.
Michael Jackson: Sometimes I like it. Sometimes I don't.
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Referenced in Plump Fiction (1997) See more »

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Despite some liberties, a must for Jackson fans
19 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that you know contains factual "liberties" but you don't care because it still does its job of entertaining you. Given the time constraints, even as long as it was, there just was not adequate time to tell each family member's mini story. Having said that, I think the public would very much enjoy a longer version to include the missing elements. Maybe now?

As far the performances, I was most impressed by the actors playing Michael, especially Wylie Draper. He was phenomenal at capturing Michael's style and personality. I also loved Angela Bassett and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs in their roles. Angela played Katherine Jackson as a loving mother that was a source of comfort for Michael. Lawrence's portrayal of Joeseph was excellent as a demanding task master that, underneath it all, just wanted more for his family than what they had waiting for them in Gary, Indiana. The other brothers were adequate and it was also interesting to see Terrence Howard at this early point in his career.

I agree with another reviewer who noted the glossing over of Michael's early solo career. As someone who distinctly remembers the "Off the Wall" period, I was disappointed that it was not given adequate screen time. Some of the highlights for me involved scenes where the brothers were all together having fun and goofing off, which showed them a close-knit family that cared for one another. I also loved the ending scene with the brothers singing "Thank You". Chills.

Overall, really enjoyable with great performances and choreography that sent me right back to my childhood. I was 4 when ABC came out. Whenever I see images of the Jackson 5 on stage or hear the familiar refrains of their songs, it just brings a smile to my face. This movie is a must for all Jackson fans.


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