Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical 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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Josephine
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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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The story of a dream come true and the struggle to keep that dream alive. See more »

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There are a number of scenes where the Temptations' performances are filmed using recordings of the original group, and numerous others where the actors recorded voices are used. (For example, songs like "The Way you do the things you Do", "My Girl", and "Cloud Nine" were filmed with the original Temptations' recordings. But songs like "Can't get next to you", "Ball of Confusion" and "I'm Losing You" were performed by the actors.) See more »

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The beginning of the film is supposed to take place in 1958, yet the song played over the opening credits is "I Just Can't Help It" by Jackie Wilson, a record that was recorded and released in 1962. See more »

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David Ruffin: [after reading a memo firing him from the group] Y'all are stupid! You can't fire me! I made your asses! Do you hear me? DO YOU HEAR ME? You can't do me like this! You ungrateful son of a bitches!
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An illuminating drama about the reigning kings of 1960's R&B
17 December 1998 | by (New York, NY) – 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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