For over four decades Michael Jackson has been entertaining the world. From his many #1 smash hits to his incredible short films that dominated MTV, Michael is one of the greatest ... See full summary »
Anthology movie by, and starring, Michael Jackson in his prime, combining a number of music videos from his bestselling "Bad" album with a fantasy tale of Michael's confrontation with a ruthless drug dealer known as Mr. Big (Joe Pesci).
Motown greats come home to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Motown Records. Big names like Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The ... See full summary »
Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration (1990)
**** (out of 4)
This excellent tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr. also has a bittersweet nature to it because the legendary performer would die of throat cancer just three months after this first aired. As sad as that is, thankfully a large group of people go to show up for this event and pay respects to Sammy and tell him what a wonderful and devilish person he was.
When I say there's a large amount of talent that showed up that certainly isn't a lie. Eddie Murphy hosts and gets to throw out some very funny moments including one about Sammy's "eye" for talent. From here we're given some excellent tributes as well as some great musical performances. These include Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Goldie Hawn, Frank Sinatra and even Shirley MacLaine. Gregory Hines shows up for some tap dancing and even manages to get Davis on stage who still impresses even though you can tell his health wasn't the greatest.
There are countless other tributes including one by Richard Pryor who introduces the wonderful Gregory Peck who talks about Davis and his acting. Other memorable moments include Clint Eastwood throwing out some jokes, Bob Hope talking about their friendship and even Mike Tyson gets a good joke. Of course, seeing Sinatra and Martin (not together sadly) paying their respects were priceless.
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