Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical act, The Temptations.
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 Otis Williams (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Melvin Franklin (2 episodes, 1998)
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 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)
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 Cholly Atkins (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Flynn (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Glenn Leonard (2 episodes, 1998)
Peter Anthony
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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
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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
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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 ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1998)
Melvin Franklin ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1998)
Michael Fullmer
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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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 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
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Maurice Walker ...
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 The Cadillacs (2 episodes, 1998)
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Otis 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 story of a dream come true and the struggle to keep that dream alive. 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 »

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When Johnnie Mae rips Otis Williams and the Distants off, Al's microphone is hanging out of his pants when they are all standing in the alley. See more »

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David Ruffin: I heard about Paul.
Eddie Kendricks: They got the doctors and everybody in on it.
David Ruffin: And you next.
Eddie Kendricks: Me?
David Ruffin: Yeah, you. I sang "My Girl", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg". Look what they did to me. Paul's gonna be gone and that's your boy. Shark's eatin' his own guts, Corn. And after you, ain't gonna be nothin' but O and Blue. And he gonna eat Blue, too, 'cause that's the way them types is. You better quit, save yourself some dignity.
Eddie Kendricks: You don't know what you're talking about, Ruff. We're supposed to be back in the studio. When ...
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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

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Genius is in this film
19 December 2004 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Watching this film on network TV had me mesmerized in the 90's. A few months ago when we finally got a DVD player, well, we had to have films to watch. I only bought one that day. The Temptations. The film made me research the group and photos of them, but I expected to see the actors faces instead of the real faces of the Temps. All of the people who worked on this film did a masterful job in bringing to the world a story of some young men that filled the world with music and joy. The story of how they did this was never known, but now that the film is available, everybody and anybody who loves music must see this film. Overlooked is was, but brilliant it will always be. Whether you liked the group or not, whether you liked their music or not, you should take 3 hours of your life and watch how the passion for excellence permeated the souls of a group brilliant musicians. The film is enthralling, the acting superb, and the story is as beautiful as it is tragic. I wish I had known them, but except for Otis, they are lost to the ages. The Temptations is a film for all young people to see if they want to pursue a career as a musician. It is one of the most magnificent stories of music and life and dreams that has ever, or will ever be made. We are so fortunate the Temptations gave us their soul and love and life. They are almost all gone, but the joy and music they gave us will outlive us all. Buy it, rent it, or borrow it, but watch this film. There is genius in this film.


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