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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 (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)
Russell Clark ...
 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
(2 episodes, 1998)
Melvin Franklin
(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)
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)
(unknown episodes)
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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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Smokey Robinson is the only Motown celebrity to make an appearance as himself during the movie. 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

Eddie Kendricks: Makin' a big mistake, Otis.
Melvin Franklin: [to Eddie] Ain't no one man bigger than this group. Now, you remember that.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

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pretty good
4 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The camera work has the usual claustrophobic box look of most television films. The editing is incredibly choppy, and the continuity is really awful sometimes. There are also clichés in abundance - David Ruffin getting tossed out of a car is pure detective-show melodrama, but doesn't really resolve the whole Ruffin problem in the film. And there's plenty of lag-time, especially in the second half.

All that said, the story is surprisingly very strong, the characters fascinating, the performances energetic, and the music is very well presented. The sense of the historical change of context surrounding the characters is also accurate and convincing, although played quietly (actually works better that way).

The first half especially is a treat. A strong effort to do the group, its music, and its history justice.


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