Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical act, The Temptations.
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 Richard Street 2 episodes, 1998
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 Dennis Edwards 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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 Glenn Leonard 2 episodes, 1998
Peter Anthony
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 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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 The Voice Masters 2 episodes, 1998
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Albridge Bryant
Ezra S. Coles ...
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Anthony Dixon ...
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Melvin Franklin ...
Michael Fullmer
Shelly Hall ...
 Grocery Lady 2 episodes, 1998
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 Allan age 8 2 episodes, 1998
Tony Haris ...
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Eric Hersh ...
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Amanda Iwanonkiw ...
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Robert Knowles ...
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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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Their sound made them famous. Their struggle made them legends. See more »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Paul Williams' death was ruled a suicide. In the film, he is depicted as shooting himself in his car. In real life however, there were some factors at the scene of his death that suggest foul play. For starters, Paul was found lying next to his car in an alley, his body positioned as if he'd been standing. (Why get out of the car only to stand up and shoot himself? ) Paul was also right handed but had been shot on the left side of his head. Forensics proved that the gun that was used to kill Williams, was fired twice, yet Williams only sustained the one wound to the head. And finally, a bottle of liquor was found near Williams left side; positioned as if he had dropped the bottle while being shot. See more »

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When two of the Temptations are discussing their success, we are shown a date of 1964, but the car parked directly behind them on the curb is a 1966 Ford. Unlike today, in 1964, all new car models were still very closely guarded secrets and prototype models were kept draped at the factory until the release date, usually September or October previous to the model year. See more »

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Otis Williams: Temptations... Forever
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An illuminating drama about the reigning kings of 1960's R&B
17 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Based on Otis Williams' book, this movie had all of the elements of young guys making it into music stardom -- youthful exuberance, success and excess, and the inevitable decline. Charles Malik Whitfield, DB Woodside, Terron Brooks, and Leon all gave strong performances as the Tempting Temptations. Christian Payton gave an especially effective performance as the tortured, self-destructive Paul Williams, in spite of the fact that it didn't seem that he had anything to really draw on to fully explain Williams' decline and subsequent suicide (incidentally, neither did Otis Williams in his book). All in all, the cast was wonderful and the true story of The Temptations was a story not to be missed by anyone who ever snapped their fingers in time to a song from this Supergroup!!


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