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This Is It (2009)

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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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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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Documentary | Music

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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

Guitarist Orianthi Panagaris states in an interview that she received an invite to audition for a spot on the tour via MySpace. When she showed up to audition, Jackson and other producers asked her to play the solo from the song "Beat It." After playing the piece, Jackson approached Panagaris, took her arm, and asked if she could play the solo walking across the stage at a specific speed. When she responded she could handle the assignment, Jackson hired her on the spot. See more »

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Michael Jackson: Let it simmer.
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Crazy Credits

Additional Thanks to The Michael Jackson Fan Clubs Worldwide and everyone involved in the development and creation of "This Is It" See more »

Connections

Edited from Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

The Love You Save
Written by Freddie Perren, Fonce Mizell (as Alphonso Mizell), Berry Gordy (as Berry Gordy,
Jr.) and Deke Richards
Performed by Michael Jackson
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Thank You MJ
28 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw This Is It today and all i can say is that it is fitting for the man Michael. That will say more than anything else about how well done this movie is. It makes me sad when i see what a fantastic production this could've been to know that the world never got a chance to see it. But i know it would've been amazing, that's more than enough for me.

For the film it is basically all of his biggest hits that would've been performed in the shows on the big screen instead. It's just rehearsal but he's still amazing in them. Between each song you got some insight into the bigger picture of the shows themselves, and sometimes you'd even get to see Michael as himself.

Michael you were truly one of God's greatest gifts to those of us lucky to be alive now. R.I.P


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