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
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Their sound made them famous. Their struggle made them legends.
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1 November 1998 (USA)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?
The film depicts Otis and Melvin's connecting with the Primes as occurring through the nearly blundered machinations of Melvin. In reality, the connection took place through one well-timed phone call that Eddie Kendricks made to Otis. In 1960 the Primes disbanded after their third member Kell Osbourne, moved to California. Paul Williams and Eddie moved back to Alabama, as they no longer had musical prospects. That same year, Eddie visited family members in Detroit and gave Otis a friendly call. Otis, explained that he had gotten an audition with Motown but still needed 2 more singers. (As "The Distants" had also disbanded) He asked Eddie to be one of them. Eddie eagerly agreed but solely on the condition that Paul Williams be the second; Otis pleaded no contest and the Primes moved back to Detroit to join with Otis, Melvin and Elbridge Bryant to form the Elgins. See more
The beginning of the film is supposed to take place in 1958, yet the song played over the opening credits is "I Just Can't Help It" by Jackie Wilson, a record that was recorded and released in 1962. See more
I'm the one sellin' the records. They're comin' to see me.
They're comin' to see the Temptations.
Ain't nobody comin' to see you, Otis! You wish you could work it the way I do, but you can't! Because there is only one David Ruffin. And without him, the Temps ain't nothin' but a group in SEARCH of a David Ruffin. Matter of fact, I been thinkin'. We should call the group David Ruffin And The Temptations. Yeah, that sound good to me. Y'all beggin' me not to leave you.
"And I refuse to let ...