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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£4,877,255 (UK) (30 October 2009)


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

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


It's rumored that Sony enhanced the footage for the movie to make Michael look more energetic, because Michael wasn't physically in-shape for the tour. See more »


Michael Jackson: [Discussing a problem with his ear piece] It's like someone's shoving their fist in my ear!
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits there is another clip of Michael Jackson rehearsing. See more »


Edited from Tokyo Joe (1949) See more »


Beat It
Written and Performed by Michael Jackson
Guitar solo by Orianthi (uncredited)
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User Reviews

Moved with no expectations.
28 October 2009 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I went to see this movie as a non-Michael Jackson fan with absolutely no expectations. I bought the tickets for the world premiere as a birthday gift for my girlfriend. We went to the cinema in the morning and from the beginning I was moved. I have never done it before but in the very beginning a tear came to my eye. Thinking that this guy, with so much energy is 50 years old and about to die. When I bought the tickets I expected a movie with some biography of Michael, a lot of interviews etc, but there is none of this in the movie. The whole movie is about how the concerts would be, but I still didn't feel like I was seeing a concert. I was seeing a little family making a big project come true. I also expected to see Michael less weak, than some of his others concerts, but damn.. If you didn't know he was dead, and saw him dance and sing like he does there is no way you could predict that he was about to die of illness. There was no way I wanted to pay for tickets to his concerts before this day, but now I would pay 500$ for seeing those concerts in London. Although that This is it was about the concerts, the movie also consist a little sense of humor, love and a insight to the worlds climate problems.

A really great job, with great cutting and editing. This movie is a must see for everyone! Even though you aren't a fan of Michael, go watch it!

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