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The Temptations (1998)

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Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical act, The Temptations.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Otis Williams
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Melvin Franklin
Terron Brooks ...
Eddie Kendricks
Christian Payton ...
Paul Williams
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David Ruffin
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Shelly Berger
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Josephine
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Richard Street
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Edgar
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Dennis Edwards
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Johnnie Mae Matthews
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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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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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The film portrays the Primes as consisting of only Paul Williams & Eddie Kendricks. In reality, there was a third member of the Primes named Kell Osbourne who left the group in 1960 to start a family. See more »

Goofs

When Otis gets off the bus and "Ooh, Baby, Baby", is playing, he eagerly gets out to find his wife, Josephine. His hair is permed, which had been discussed in an earlier scene at the beginning of the movie. But the next shot when he does find his wife, his hair is not permed. See more »

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[During a concert break, Paul rushes off stage into the bathroom, coughs and throws up]
Shelly Berger: That was a disaster.
Melvin Franklin: Yeah, Shelly, we know. All right?
Shelly Berger: The next set's in 45 minutes. There's no way he'll be ready.
Eddie Kendricks: He'll be ready.
Shelly Berger: Falling down drunk doesn't get better in 45 minutes, Eddie. You know what we have to do, Otis...
Eddie Kendricks: No! If Paul's not on that stage, I'm not on that stage.
Shelly Berger: The Temptations are known for precision, Eddie. I don't know what that was, but that wasn't it.
Eddie Kendricks: What's it to you, Shelley? You ...
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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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