Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical act, The Temptations.
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Series cast summary:
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 Otis Williams (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Melvin Franklin (2 episodes, 1998)
Terron Brooks ...
 Eddie Kendricks (2 episodes, 1998)
Christian Payton ...
 Paul Williams (2 episodes, 1998)
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 David Ruffin (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Shelly Berger (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Haze (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Mama Rose (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Josephine (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Berry Gordy (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Smokey Robinson (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Richard Street (2 episodes, 1998)
Harold Surratt ...
 Edgar (2 episodes, 1998)
Charles Ley ...
 Dennis Edwards (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Johnnie Mae Matthews (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Norman Whitfield (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Maxine (2 episodes, 1998)
Vincent A. Ponder ...
 James 'Pee-Wee' Crawford (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Elbridge 'Al' Bryant (2 episodes, 1998)
Stevland Parks ...
 Lamont, age 12 (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Joltin' Joe (2 episodes, 1998)
Chrystal Bates ...
 Mrs. Rogers (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Diana Ross (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Florence Ballard (2 episodes, 1998)
Taifa Harris ...
 Mary Wilson (2 episodes, 1998)
N'Tasha A. Pierre ...
 Martha Reeves (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Marvin Gaye (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Cholly Atkins (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Flynn (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Glenn Leonard (2 episodes, 1998)
Peter Anthony
(2 episodes, 1998)
Tommy Lafitte ...
 Drug Dealer (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Jimmy Ruffin (2 episodes, 1998)
Nyjah Moore ...
 Tammi Terrell (2 episodes, 1998)
Danni Vasser
(2 episodes, 1998)
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 Damon Harris (2 episodes, 1998)
Charles Brown
(2 episodes, 1998)
Ronnie Beasley ...
 The Voice Masters (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Dancer (2 episodes, 1998)
Thomas Martell Brimm ...
 Barber (2 episodes, 1998)
Albridge Bryant
(2 episodes, 1998)
Ezra S. Coles ...
 The Voice Masters (2 episodes, 1998)
Marcel Curges ...
 The Cadillacs (2 episodes, 1998)
Anthony Dixon ...
 The Cadillacs (2 episodes, 1998)
Dennis Edwards ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1998)
Melvin Franklin ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1998)
Michael Fullmer
(2 episodes, 1998)
Shelly Hall ...
 Grocery Lady (2 episodes, 1998)
Shelton Hall ...
 Allan age 8 (2 episodes, 1998)
Tony Haris ...
 Principal Dancer (2 episodes, 1998)
Eric Hersh ...
 Concert Member (2 episodes, 1998)
Amanda Iwanonkiw ...
 Family friend (2 episodes, 1998)
Jesse Iwanonkiw ...
 FAMILY FRIEND (2 episodes, 1998)
Stephaine Iwanonkiw ...
 Family Friend (2 episodes, 1998)
Robert Knowles ...
 The Cadillacs (2 episodes, 1998)
Mandell Loman ...
 The Voice Masters (2 episodes, 1998)
Tremayne McCoy ...
 Student leaving school (2 episodes, 1998)
Larry John Meyers ...
 Dr. Klein (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1998)
Thomas Ross ...
 The Cadillacs (2 episodes, 1998)
David Ruffin ...
 Man in Coppa Cabana (2 episodes, 1998)
Tim Stevens ...
 Hall of Fame Presenter (2 episodes, 1998)
Richard Street
(2 episodes, 1998)
Maurice Walker ...
 The Voice Masters (2 episodes, 1998)
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 The Cadillacs (2 episodes, 1998)
Yves Jean ...
 Bass Player (unknown episodes)
Eddie Kendricks
(2 episodes, 1998)
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Otis Williams
(2 episodes, 1998)
Paul Williams
(2 episodes, 1998)
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The true story of The Temptations, the Soul vocal group of the 1960s, as seen from the viewpoint of the last surviving member, Otis Williams. Beginning from their humble origins in the late 50s and continuing through the 90s and the deaths of the other 4 members. Written by Nic Cage <2cool@zebra.net>

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Their sound made them famous. Their struggle made them legends. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

After the New Year's Eve performance, (when the Tempts and David ate at Melvin's house) David told a story of how his mother gave him up to a pimp as Payment for a debt. This was not true of the real life David Ruffin. He and his brother Jimmy were raised by their father who was a minister. However like the character he describes in the film, David's father as vey abusive. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, Otis Williams is portrayed as more devoted to the mother of his children (Josephine) than is factually accurate. Otis Williams himself admits in his autobiography that he had romances with several women during and after the time of his relationship with the mother of his child. For example, he had a romance with Florence Ballard (that was actually portrayed in the film, but by this time, Josephine was much more "out of the picture" than the film depicts.) Also, there are scenes in the film that show Otis with Josephine during time periods that just aren't factually accurate - in real life, Otis was in his second marriage during a time-period in which he is shown with Josephine in the film. See more »

Quotes

[Melvin is in the hospital after being shot by a carjacker who stole his car]
Melvin Franklin: He shot me, then he recognized me, and then he kicked my butt out of MY car.
Otis Williams: Was it Ruffin?
[they both laugh]
Melvin Franklin: No, Ruffin would've killed me.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

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FANTASTIC, NEVER SEEN A BETTER MOVIE
21 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Unforgettable music, music that fits any time period. A dramatic plot that keeps moving. And the actors are fantastic. They fit their roles so well I could not believe they were acting. It didn't hurt that each actor resembled his real-life counterpart. It was terrific in every sense.


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