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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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Otis Williams
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Melvin Franklin
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Eddie Kendricks
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Paul Williams
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David Ruffin
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Shelly Berger
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Mama Rose
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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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1960s | singer | motown | flashback | argument | See more »

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The story of a dream come true and the struggle to keep that dream alive. See more »

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1 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Eddie is shown quitting the group because Paul wasn't well enough to return to the group. In reality, Eddie left the group before Paul was made to step down and the Temptations recorded an album with just four singers; Paul being one of them. See more »

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When David and Flynn are riding in the car laughing, they pass an SUV. See more »

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David Ruffin: That's mine!
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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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