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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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Discover The Man You Never Knew See more »

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

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28 October 2009 (USA)  »

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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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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: [singing] I never felt so in love before / Promise baby, you'll love me forevermore. / I swear I'm keepin' you satisfied 'cause you're the one for me. / The way you make me feel... The way you make me feel / You really turn me on... You really turn me on / You knock me off of my feet, now baby-hee!... You knock me off of my feet / My lonely days are gone... My lonely days are gone.
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After the closing credits there is another clip of Michael Jackson rehearsing. See more »


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Threatened
Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins (as Fred Jerkins III) and LaSean Daniels (as LaShawn Daniels)
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A must-see
28 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had my fear going in, but it was all shattered. What a blast. This is a must-see for every MJ fan and even non-fans to understand why he was so popular and deserved every bit of the title King of the Pop. A consummate artist, a perfectionist, and a visionary. The film is overflowed with his energy, passion, and dedication. If the rehearsals could be this good and engaging, one could only imagine what the concerts would've been. His voice sometimes showed his age, but his dance moves were not, at all. Also the young female guitarist was not just good looking, but crazily good with the guitar as well. Smooth Criminal segment is probably my favorite, but they're all very excellent. I don't feel the film is exploiting his death in any way. It's simply paying the tribute and gives fans something they deserve to see.


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