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This sequel to 'American Graffiti', the hit movie that spawned the 'retro `50s' fad of the early `70s, features everybody from the original cast except Richard Dreyfuss. Now older and wiser, the kids of 'Where were you in `62' learn to deal with life during the mid `60s Vietnam War Era. The film is unique in its filmmakers' method of juxtaposing frames of concurrent action from different scenes side by side with current scenes. The sequel's storyline idea takes its cue from the original film's end-credits, as all action again occurs within one day in their lives, but this time, in yet another original move, it's the same day, New Years' Eve, in 4 separate years in 4 of the different protagonists' lives. The film moves back and forth across the years effectively; to `64 with dragster John Milner in the race of his life, to `65 with Terry The Toad in Vietnam, to `66 with Terry's girlfriend Debbie Dunham, now a hippie chick in San Francisco just prior to the Summer of Love, to `67 with Steve & Laurie Bolander, the king & queen of the prom, now married with children in Modesto, CA. It explores the main themes of the `60s era: the war, muscle cars, drugs, campus protests, burning your draft card, police brutality `a la Kent State, "make-love-not-war", and more great music from the era. A must see for fans of the original film, the use of the inventive filming techniques is unusual and surely dismayed theatergoers upon its release as it bombed frightfully, probably due to the disdain for the `50s & `60s as being passe on the fringe of the `80s. But it is still a nicely-done film and quite enjoyable. It also features cameos from others in the original movie, including Harrison Ford reprising his role as Bob Falfa, now an S.F.P.D. motorcycle patrolman, plus Mackenzie Phillips & Bo Hopkins. A great study of `60s life and times.
An enjoyable TV mini-series, taking the group from their fateful early beginnings to become The Temptations, perhaps the greatest R&B/Soul band of all time, to the slow, one-by-one disintegration of the group due to individual problems with drugs, alcohol and health problems over a course of 30+ years. The Temptations are one of the most beloved yet tragic stories in popular music history. Accounting for 38 Top-40 hits over a span of 3 decades, the excellent original soundtrack belies the widely-held opinion that lead vocalist David Ruffin was one of the greatest soul singers of all-time, studied and emulated by many of the era's most popular vocalists, including Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart. Touching briefly on their later solo careers and delving into their personal & group turmoil; though not nearly as intense and enlightening that a feature film would have been, TV does an insightful job. Marvelous performances by the entire cast and a must-see for R&B/Soul fans and those influenced by their sound.