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The Jacksons: An American Dream 

The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
...  Joseph Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
...  Katherine Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
...  Diana Ross 2 episodes, 1992
...  Martha Scruse 2 episodes, 1992
Alex Burrall ...  Michael Jackson (aged 6-8) 2 episodes, 1992
Jermaine Jackson II ...  Jermaine Jackson (aged 13-17) 2 episodes, 1992
...  Jackie Jackson - age 12-16 2 episodes, 1992
Kelli Martin ...  La Toya Jackson - Age 8-10 2 episodes, 1992
...  Marlon Jackson - age 7-9 2 episodes, 1992
...  Rebbie Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
...  Michael Jackson (aged 9-14) 2 episodes, 1992
Ángel Vargas ...  Tito Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
...  Jackie Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
2 episodes, 1992
...  Dee Dee 2 episodes, 1992
...  Berry Gordy 2 episodes, 1992
...  Suzanne de Passe 2 episodes, 1992
...  Hazel Gordy 2 episodes, 1992
...  Verla 2 episodes, 1992
Finis Henderson III ...  Apollo Theatre MC 2 episodes, 1992
Grady Harrell ...  Jackie Wilson 2 episodes, 1992
Jimmy Castor ...  Royal 2 episodes, 1992
Eugene Lee ...  Bill Bray 2 episodes, 1992
Bobby Mardis ...  Chicago Theatre MC 2 episodes, 1992
Narcissa Marte ...  High School Girl 2 episodes, 1992
Charles E. Timbers Jr. ...  Dr. Hayes 2 episodes, 1992
Shakiem Evans ...  Tito Jackson - Age 10-14 2 episodes, 1992
...  La Toya Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Maya Nicole Johnson ...  Janet 2 episodes, 1992
Jacen Wilkerson ...  Marlon Jackson - Age 10-12 2 episodes, 1992
Nicholas Phillips ...  Randy Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Wylie Draper ...  Michael Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Colin Steele ...  Jermaine Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Marcus Maurice ...  Marlon Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Robert Redcross ...  Randy Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Randy Kirby ...  Reporter 2 episodes, 1992
Terry Coleman ...  Tito's Friend 2 episodes, 1992
...  Groupie 1 2 episodes, 1992
...  Groupie 2 2 episodes, 1992
Melanie Taylor ...  Airport Fan 1 2 episodes, 1992
Emily Williams ...  Airport Fan 2 2 episodes, 1992
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The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show after talent show they soon hit it big when Motown calls. From there they become the now famous Jackson 5. But along the way their success brings trouble and turmoil Written by Tony Meier <discokid@aol.com>

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There's fame...there's fortune...and then there's family. Sometimes it's hard to choose.

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Trivia

Wylie Draper, who played Michael Jackson as a 20-year-old, died of leukemia the following year at the age of 24. See more »

Goofs

When the boys are congratulating Tito on his engagement in the den Jermaine fixes some root beer floats. His float has not yet settled, but when he clicks his glass to Tito's it has settled. Then when he brings his glass back it is once again not settled. See more »

Quotes

Marlon: You know, I'm sick of this- promotional tours. When do we get to perform again?
Jackie: Hey, man, ask Michael.
Marlon: Yeah, sure. "Ask Michael." Who ever sees Michael?
Jackie: You need an appointment to see your own little brother.
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Despite some liberties, a must for Jackson fans
19 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that you know contains factual "liberties" but you don't care because it still does its job of entertaining you. Given the time constraints, even as long as it was, there just was not adequate time to tell each family member's mini story. Having said that, I think the public would very much enjoy a longer version to include the missing elements. Maybe now?

As far the performances, I was most impressed by the actors playing Michael, especially Wylie Draper. He was phenomenal at capturing Michael's style and personality. I also loved Angela Bassett and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs in their roles. Angela played Katherine Jackson as a loving mother that was a source of comfort for Michael. Lawrence's portrayal of Joeseph was excellent as a demanding task master that, underneath it all, just wanted more for his family than what they had waiting for them in Gary, Indiana. The other brothers were adequate and it was also interesting to see Terrence Howard at this early point in his career.

I agree with another reviewer who noted the glossing over of Michael's early solo career. As someone who distinctly remembers the "Off the Wall" period, I was disappointed that it was not given adequate screen time. Some of the highlights for me involved scenes where the brothers were all together having fun and goofing off, which showed them a close-knit family that cared for one another. I also loved the ending scene with the brothers singing "Thank You". Chills.

Overall, really enjoyable with great performances and choreography that sent me right back to my childhood. I was 4 when ABC came out. Whenever I see images of the Jackson 5 on stage or hear the familiar refrains of their songs, it just brings a smile to my face. This movie is a must for all Jackson fans.


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