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The Temptations (1998)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Music  -  1 November 1998 (USA)
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Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown muisical act, The Temptations.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Haze
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Mama Rose
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Josephine
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Erik Michael Tristan ...
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Richard Street
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Edgar
Charles Ley ...
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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The unforgettable story of one of Motown's hottest acts. See more »

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Otis Williams' ex-wife Josephine, Melvin Franklin's mother Rose, and David Ruffin's family, filed suit against Williams, Motown, De Passe Entertainment, Hallmark Entertainment, and NBC for use of their likenesses in the film, defamation of character, and emotional distress. The plaintiffs claimed that they and/or their relatives and certain events were portrayed inaccurately. The judges ruled in favor of the defendants. The plaintiffs appealed but the original ruling was upheld. Otis Williams later stated that while his book was the source material for the film, he did not have control over the making of the film. See more »

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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

David Ruffin: I'm back! I quit all that stuff, O.
Eddie Kendricks: I told you he was clean.
Otis Williams: I don't care!
David Ruffin: [takes off his glasses] Look, I'm straight, man. Can't you see I'm straight?
Eddie Kendricks: He's straight. Listen to him.
David Ruffin: I'm back in the group, O. Tell me I'm back in the group.
Otis Williams: You ain't in this group. Don't you get it? You blew it!
Eddie Kendricks: The crowd went wild when he jumped on stage.
Otis Williams: He's the one who blew it, Corn!
David Ruffin: Paul... Corn... Blue, baby, all I'm asking y'all is for another chance. Come on now!
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Great biopic
13 November 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The TV movie story of the street-doowop to soul-superstar Temptations from 1958 to 1995 when bass singer Melvin Franklyn died. Strict historical accuracy is not what this film is about, but what is accurate is the reconstruction of the act and the music, which is what matters in a movie. The first half is full of vignettes of the (black) music biz in Detroit in the early Motown days, which is genuinely moving in a few places; and although the second half tends towards the schmaltzy, it's good to be reminded of the seminal records that the group continued to put out after David Ruffin parted company, and of the way that members of a group that big have deeper bonds than most people, including their own families. It's told from the viewpoint of Otis Williams, who is the only Temp to survive all incarnations of the group, so he naturally he tends to get an easy ride, but it does acknowledge (in the great end sequence) that the David Ruffin lineup was the best there could be. The scene where he and Eddie Kendricks sing to the punter in the supper club is a killer. Well worth the two-and a half hours running time, which is not something you can say of many TV movies this long. Better IMHO than 'Walk the Line', which was no turkey itself. If you love Motown, don't miss it.


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