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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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Cast

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
Finis Henderson III Finis Henderson III ...  Apollo Theatre MC 2 episodes, 1992
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 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
Rana Kirkland ...  Groupie 2 2 episodes, 1992
Melanie Taylor Melanie Taylor ...  Airport Fan 1 2 episodes, 1992
Emily Williams Emily Williams ...  Airport Fan 2 2 episodes, 1992
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Storyline

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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Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jermaine Jackson's real life son Jermaine Jackson ll plays him in the film. Oddly enough he is billed as Jermaine (aged 13-17), but in actuality, his son plays him from when the boys are just starting the Jackson 5 until they are almost adults so ages 10-17. He is also the only actor to act alongside all the actors playing Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Michael at different ages except the adult Michael and Marlon. Colin Steele played adult Jermaine for the last part of the film. See more »

Goofs

During the montage of the group's touring experiences, there is a shot of the adult Jermaine character riding on the plane. After this montage, the movie continues using the teenage Jermaine character. See more »

Quotes

Jackie: Hey, Jermaine, why don't you help out the brothers? Talk to Berry. He is your father-in-law.
Jermaine: Look, father-in-law is one thing, group is another. Anyway. we got a winning combination. A seven-year run of hits.
Marlon: Got no more hits.
Jermaine: We'll get it back, man. I'm not running to my father-in-law every time someone's got a complaint. You wanna talk to him, talk to him.
Jackie: I wanna talk to him, but he ain't gonna wanna listen.
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Referenced in Plump Fiction (1997) See more »

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a terrific show!
29 October 2001 | by wawSee all my reviews

This movie is terrific. The Director lets the story unfold without resorting to histrionics. The different boys playing Michael are all wonderful and evoke the charm that made the real 10 year old into a star. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs does wonderful work portraying a man that many have vilified without adding his own judgment.

Special mention should be made to the choreography: Michael Peters does an excellent job of recreating the signature moves of the Jackson 5, and the scene with Jackie Wilson subtly suggests many of the steps that a real-life Michael Jackson uses.

I enjoy this movie and can't wait to see it again.


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