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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
Harold Surratt ...
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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1960s | singer | motown | flashback | argument | See more »

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

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1 November 1998 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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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 »

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David Ruffin: I'm the one sellin' the records. They're comin' to see me.
Otis Williams: They're comin' to see the Temptations.
David Ruffin: 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.
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Fantastic doesn't even begin to describe this movie!!!
9 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Temptations" mini-series was an excellent film!! Terron Brooks(Eddie Kendricks), DB Woodside(Melvin Franklin), Charles Malik Whitfield(Otis Williams), Christian Payton(Paul Williams), and Leon(David Ruffin) do a fantastic job of portraying the fabulous five! This movie is based on Otis Williams' book and the storyline is incredible. Once I saw it for the first time, I was definitely hooked on it. Now I watch it at least once a week. I can't get the songs out of my head, and I am now an even bigger fan of The Temptations. The cool thing about it is that Brooks, Payton, and Woodside are actually singing the parts! I would recommend this movie to any music lover!!


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