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Michael Jackson: Bad (1987)

Michael Jackson's music video for his song "Bad".


Martin Scorsese


Richard Price
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Credited cast:
Michael Jackson ... Darryl
Adam Nathan Adam Nathan ... Tip
Pedro Sanchez Pedro Sanchez ... Nelson
Wesley Snipes ... Mini Max
Gregory Holtz Sr. Gregory Holtz Sr. ... Cowboy
Jaime Perry ... Ski
Paul Calderon ... Dealer
Alberto Alejandrino Alberto Alejandrino ... Hispanic Man
Horace Bailey Horace Bailey ... Street Bum
Marvin Foster Marvin Foster ... Crack Customer
Roberta Flack ... Darryl's Mother
Dennis Price Dennis Price ... Conductor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jaime Monroy ... Latino Comedian


Michael Jackson's music video for his song "Bad".

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Short | Crime | Drama | Music


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In a 2015 interview, Wesley Snipes claimed that Michael Jackson was unnerved by the raucous fans around the shooting location. According to Snipes, he became Jackson's "de facto bodyguard" for the duration of the shoot. See more »


Ski: Hey, up in Duxbury, they wear them turtle shell glasses?
Darryl: That's *tortoise* shell...
Ski: Excuse me, brotha...
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Alternate Versions

A short version of the music video takes about 4 minutes. See more »


Spoofed in Kenan & Kel: Duh Bomb (1996) See more »


Lyrics and Music by Michael Jackson
Performed by Michael Jackson (vocals)
Produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson
(C) 1987 Mijac Music
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Whos bad? Whos Bad? Whoo!!
14 August 2003 | by powerfully_attractiveSee all my reviews

I'm bad, I'm bad you know it. This was the chorus to Michael Jacksons hit "Bad" back in 1987.

When I look back at it, I make the conclusion, its cool. Okay, it may appear to be alittle humorus and alittle riduculous, but its still cool.

Michael plays a high school student, Darryl,(a 30 year old high school student)coming back home to visit the old neighbourhood for the holidays.

His old mates are rebelious and "bad" but Daryll has changed since hes been away. Here, we see michaels excellent acting talents. And I'm being serious, he was realy good. "Lay off me man! Get off me man, stop it!!! I'm tired of you messin wit me man, stop it!!! stop it!!!"

Beleivable, but cheesy. In order to prove himself to his old friends, he makes an attempt at robbing a poor man in a deserted train station, or at least thats how he wants to make it seem to his mates, "give me a quarter" when he realizes that the man is poor, old and helpless, "Get out of here man run!!! Run!!!"

Daryll, has gotten himself into a rough spot now. Wesley in particular is annoyed with Darryl. Befriending him, saying how he has forgotten who he is, "You aint down wit us no more, you aint bad!!"

All of a sudden its brighter, Darryl is surrounded by dancers and he is wearing tights. His hair is curly and to top it off he has allot of buckles. He dosent look bad, he looks ridicioulous.

Thats when the music sarts and the relization that youre watching a michael Jackson music video sinks in. In all honesty I enjoy watching this. The dancing is wonderfully coreographed for that type of song and Michael actually looks good.

But when the song is over, its back to black and white. Darryl has shown that he is still "Bad" but not in that way.

He makes peace with wesley and they accept him for who he is. "Thats the way it goes down huh."

Now hypothetically speaking, that wouldnt happen in real life. Dancers wouldnt show up out of nowhere and a song wouldnt solve the problem.

In my opinion, they didnt really show up in the first place, they were Darryl's imagination, his way of escaping from reality. Thats how he sees himself and he expressed that to his old friends in his way.

I hope this makes sence to whoever reads it cause I just confussed myself! Anyway, to sum it all up. Its a good music video. NO where near as good as "Thriller" or "Beat it" but its still good.

King of pop rules!!

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Release Date:

31 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Optimum Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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