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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:
Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs ...  Joseph Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Angela Bassett ...  Katherine Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Holly Robinson Peete ...  Diana Ross 2 episodes, 1992
Margaret Avery ...  Martha Scruse 2 episodes, 1992
Alex Burrall Alex Burrall ...  Michael Jackson (aged 6-8) 2 episodes, 1992
Jermaine Jackson II Jermaine Jackson II ...  Jermaine Jackson (aged 13-17) 2 episodes, 1992
Bumper Robinson ...  Jackie Jackson - age 12-16 2 episodes, 1992
Kelli Martin Kelli Martin ...  La Toya Jackson - Age 8-10 2 episodes, 1992
Floyd Roger Myers Jr. ...  Marlon Jackson - age 7-9 2 episodes, 1992
Monica Calhoun ...  Rebbie Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Jason Weaver ...  Michael Jackson (aged 9-14) 2 episodes, 1992
Ángel Vargas Ángel Vargas ...  Tito Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Terrence Howard ...  Jackie Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Lanei Chapman 2 episodes, 1992
Elizabeth Narvaez ...  Dee Dee 2 episodes, 1992
Billy Dee Williams ...  Berry Gordy 2 episodes, 1992
Vanessa Williams ...  Suzanne de Passe 2 episodes, 1992
Monica Allison ...  Hazel Gordy 2 episodes, 1992
Danielle Nicolet ...  Verla 2 episodes, 1992
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Grady Harrell Grady Harrell ...  Jackie Wilson 2 episodes, 1992
Jimmy Castor Jimmy Castor ...  Royal 2 episodes, 1992
Eugene Lee Eugene Lee ...  Bill Bray 2 episodes, 1992
Bobby Mardis Bobby Mardis ...  Chicago Theatre MC 2 episodes, 1992
Narcissa Marte Narcissa Marte ...  High School Girl 2 episodes, 1992
Charles E. Timbers Jr. Charles E. Timbers Jr. ...  Dr. Hayes 2 episodes, 1992
Shakiem Evans Shakiem Evans ...  Tito Jackson - Age 10-14 2 episodes, 1992
Ebonie Smith ...  La Toya Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Maya Nicole Johnson Maya Nicole Johnson ...  Janet 2 episodes, 1992
Jacen Wilkerson Jacen Wilkerson ...  Marlon Jackson - Age 10-12 2 episodes, 1992
Nicholas Phillips ...  Randy Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Wylie Draper Wylie Draper ...  Michael Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Colin Steele Colin Steele ...  Jermaine Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Marcus Maurice Marcus Maurice ...  Marlon Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Robert Redcross Robert Redcross ...  Randy Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Randy Kirby Randy Kirby ...  Reporter 2 episodes, 1992
Terry Coleman Terry Coleman ...  Tito's Friend 2 episodes, 1992
Erin Wiley Sands Erin Wiley Sands ...  Groupie 1 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.


Biography | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

15 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jackson Five See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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| (4 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Wylie Draper, who played Michael Jackson as a 20-year-old, died of leukemia the following year at the age of 24. See more »


Michael didn't have a cleft in his chin until the mid 1980s. See more »


Michael Jackson: We're embarking on this tour for many reasons, but mainly because of our mother. Our father, too, for the dream that they had... an American dream... that started a long, long time ago, when our ancestors came here... slaves... oppressed people... beaten down, beaten up... You know, we've come a long, long way from 2300 Jackson Street, when my brothers and I used to long for a color T.V. We weren't beaten down by poverty, and we're not going to be beaten down by fame, either. 'Cause this is ...
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Despite some liberties, a must for Jackson fans
19 July 2009 | by DeppishSee 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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