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A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

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Storyline

In the weeks before his death, Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009) was rehearsing a show, "This Is It," that was to open in July. This film begins with a few of the auditioning dancers speaking to the camera about why they're trying out and what Jackson means to them. Then we plunge into rehearsals at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The film is arranged by musical number with pre-recorded material and footage from Jackson's various rehearsals edited together to take us through what would have been the concert's set list. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Like You've Never Seen Him Before See more »

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Rated PG for some suggestive choreography and scary images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Michael Jackson's This Is It  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£4,877,255 (UK) (30 October 2009)

Gross:

$71,844,424 (USA) (27 November 2009)
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Trivia

In 1983, Paul Anka co-wrote with Michael Jackson the song 'I Never Heard', which was retitled and released in 2009 under the name 'This Is It'. This was not noted in the film credits, although it has been confirmed by Anka on ABC's The View (1997). See more »

Quotes

Michael Jackson: [when explaining to his Musical Director/ Keyboardist the proper way to start "The Way You Make Me Feel"] I want it the way I wrote it, I mean like the audience hears it.
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After the closing credits there is another clip of Michael Jackson rehearsing. See more »

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Edited from Tokyo Joe (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

HIStory
Written by Michael Jackson, Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III) and Terry Lewis
Performed by Michael Jackson
Original master excerpt courtesy of MJJ Productions/Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Awesome, I have to watch it again and again.
28 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just came from seeing the movie and plan to go and see it again soon, probably tomorrow. I am a MJ fan since I was 10. I hope I was going to be cry but I was just admiring the priceless piece of work in front of me. There was so much creativity, sweetness, professionalism, understanding, effort, energy in that film that didn't leave me any chance of crying. The professionalism and patience of ortega was outstanding, he was perfect for this whole production, the cast was phenomenal, MJ was awesome. Come on! 50 years old and dancing, singing like that? Absolutely amazing. This movie deserves to be seen over and over. My final thought: Michael Jackson will be forever the king of pop and music and he did really give us a final precious work..."this is it".


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