Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical act, The Temptations.
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Series cast summary:
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 Otis Williams (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Melvin Franklin (2 episodes, 1998)
Terron Brooks ...
 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)
Russell Clark ...
 Cholly Atkins (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Flynn (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Glenn Leonard (2 episodes, 1998)
Peter Anthony
(2 episodes, 1998)
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
(2 episodes, 1998)
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 Damon Harris (2 episodes, 1998)
Charles Brown
(2 episodes, 1998)
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
(2 episodes, 1998)
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
(2 episodes, 1998)
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)
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
(2 episodes, 1998)
Maurice Walker ...
 The Voice Masters (2 episodes, 1998)
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 The Cadillacs (2 episodes, 1998)
Yves Jean ...
 Bass Player (unknown episodes)
Eddie Kendricks
(2 episodes, 1998)
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Otis Williams
(2 episodes, 1998)
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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Biography | Drama | Music

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1998 (USA)  »

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A Temptations  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jimmy Ruffin (David's older brother) almost became the 5th member of the Tempatations after Elbridge Bryant was fired. However, Jimmy was a poor dancer and did not make the roster due to what Otis Williams describes as , his "bad feet." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Melvin is in the hospital after being shot by a carjacker who stole his car]
Melvin Franklin: He shot me, then he recognized me, and then he kicked my butt out of MY car.
Otis Williams: Was it Ruffin?
[they both laugh]
Melvin Franklin: No, Ruffin would've killed me.
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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 (North Carolina) – 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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