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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 Paul Williams 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
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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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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
Melissa Linton ...
 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
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 Cholly Atkins 2 episodes, 1998
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 Glenn Leonard 2 episodes, 1998
Peter Anthony
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
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 Damon Harris 2 episodes, 1998
Charles Brown
Ronnie Beasley ...
 The Voice Masters 2 episodes, 1998
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Thomas Martell Brimm ...
Albridge Bryant
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 ...
Melvin Franklin ...
Michael Fullmer
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
Leonard Julien III ...
 David Ruffin 2 episodes, 1998
Robert Knowles ...
 The Cadillacs 2 episodes, 1998
Mandell Loman ...
 The Voice Masters 2 episodes, 1998
Tremayne McCoy ...
 Student leaving school 2 episodes, 1998
Larry John Meyers ...
 Dr. Klein 2 episodes, 1998
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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
Maurice Walker ...
 The Voice Masters 2 episodes, 1998
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 The Shooter 1 episode, 1998
Yves Jean ...
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Eddie Kendricks
Otis Williams
Paul Williams
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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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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 Eddie and Paul are singing "Stay" and Eddie starts singing "Oh won't" in one shot his hand is on the microphone. Then it cuts to another shot for "you stay" and his hand is not on the microphone. See more »

Quotes

David Ruffin: Y'all ain't the same without me.
Otis Williams: Oh, yeah? Not the same but nominated for a Grammy!
David Ruffin: That's mine!
Otis Williams: No, no, that ain't you on "Cloud Nine". That's Dennis' voice!
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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

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"Wonderfully acted depiction of the greatest soul group in history.
29 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

I was delighted by this movie. Not only is it largely educational and offers very introspective looks into the lives of all members of the group, but the acting is fantastic. The film truly captures the soul music scene of early 1960's Detroit, and further on as the Temptations rise to fame, and fall to ruin. It offers breathtaking and somewhat disturbing scenes which make the film seem almost too real. The soundtrack is amazing, and you will truly sympathize with this group of real-life legends who sang their hearts out in Motown's heyday.


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