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The Temptations 

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Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical act, The Temptations.




Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
Charles Malik Whitfield ...  Otis Williams 2 episodes, 1998
D.B. Woodside ...  Melvin Franklin 2 episodes, 1998
Terron Brooks Terron Brooks ...  Eddie Kendricks 2 episodes, 1998
Christian Payton Christian Payton ...  Paul Williams 2 episodes, 1998
Leon ...  David Ruffin 2 episodes, 1998
Alan Rosenberg ...  Shelly Berger 2 episodes, 1998
Tina Lifford ...  Haze 2 episodes, 1998
Jenifer Lewis ...  Mama Rose 2 episodes, 1998
Gina Ravera ...  Josephine 2 episodes, 1998
Obba Babatundé ...  Berry Gordy 2 episodes, 1998
Erik Michael Tristan ...  Smokey Robinson 2 episodes, 1998
J. August Richards ...  Richard Street 2 episodes, 1998
Harold Surratt Harold Surratt ...  Edgar 2 episodes, 1998
Charles Ley Charles Ley ...  Dennis Edwards 2 episodes, 1998
Vanessa Bell Calloway ...  Johnnie Mae Matthews 2 episodes, 1998
Mel Jackson ...  Norman Whitfield 2 episodes, 1998
Rhonda Ross Kendrick ...  Maxine 2 episodes, 1998
Vincent A. Ponder Vincent A. Ponder ...  James 'Pee-Wee' Crawford 2 episodes, 1998
Chaz Lamar Shepherd ...  Elbridge 'Al' Bryant 2 episodes, 1998
Stevland Parks Stevland Parks ...  Lamont, age 12 2 episodes, 1998
Christopher Reid ...  Joltin' Joe 2 episodes, 1998
Chrystal Bates Chrystal Bates ...  Mrs. Rogers 2 episodes, 1998
Bianca Lawson ...  Diana Ross 2 episodes, 1998
Melissa Linton Melissa Linton ...  Florence Ballard 2 episodes, 1998
Taifa Harris Taifa Harris ...  Mary Wilson 2 episodes, 1998
N'Tasha A. Pierre N'Tasha A. Pierre ...  Martha Reeves 2 episodes, 1998
Ricky Fante ...  Marvin Gaye 2 episodes, 1998
Russell Clark ...  Cholly Atkins 2 episodes, 1998
Adam Lazarre-White ...  Flynn 2 episodes, 1998
Benjamin J. Cain Jr. ...  Glenn Leonard 2 episodes, 1998
Peter Anthony Peter Anthony 2 episodes, 1998
Tommy Lafitte Tommy Lafitte ...  Drug Dealer 2 episodes, 1998
Lamman Rucker ...  Jimmy Ruffin 2 episodes, 1998
Nyjah Moore Nyjah Moore ...  Tammi Terrell 2 episodes, 1998
Danni Vasser Danni Vasser 2 episodes, 1998
Jonnie Brown ...  Damon Harris 2 episodes, 1998
Charles Brown Charles Brown 2 episodes, 1998
Ronnie Beasley Ronnie Beasley ...  The Voice Masters 2 episodes, 1998
Stephanie Bertoni ...  Dancer 2 episodes, 1998
Thomas Martell Brimm Thomas Martell Brimm ...  Barber 2 episodes, 1998
Albridge Bryant Albridge Bryant 2 episodes, 1998
Ezra S. Coles Ezra S. Coles ...  The Voice Masters 2 episodes, 1998
Marcel Curges Marcel Curges ...  The Cadillacs 2 episodes, 1998
Anthony Dixon Anthony Dixon ...  The Cadillacs 2 episodes, 1998
Dennis Edwards ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1998
Melvin Franklin Melvin Franklin ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1998
Michael Fullmer Michael Fullmer 2 episodes, 1998
Shelly Hall Shelly Hall ...  Grocery Lady 2 episodes, 1998
Shelton Hall Shelton Hall ...  Allan age 8 2 episodes, 1998
Tony Haris Tony Haris ...  Principal Dancer 2 episodes, 1998
Eric Hersh Eric Hersh ...  Concert Member 2 episodes, 1998
Amanda Iwanonkiw Amanda Iwanonkiw ...  Family friend 2 episodes, 1998
Jesse Iwanonkiw Jesse Iwanonkiw ...  FAMILY FRIEND 2 episodes, 1998
Stephaine Iwanonkiw Stephaine Iwanonkiw ...  Family Friend 2 episodes, 1998
Leonard Julien III Leonard Julien III ...  David Ruffin 2 episodes, 1998
Robert Knowles Robert Knowles ...  The Cadillacs 2 episodes, 1998
Mandell Loman Mandell Loman ...  The Voice Masters 2 episodes, 1998
Tremayne McCoy Tremayne McCoy ...  Student leaving school 2 episodes, 1998
Larry John Meyers Larry John Meyers ...  Dr. Klein 2 episodes, 1998
Smokey Robinson ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1998
Thomas Ross Thomas Ross ...  The Cadillacs 2 episodes, 1998
David Ruffin David Ruffin ...  Man in Coppa Cabana 2 episodes, 1998
Tim Stevens Tim Stevens ...  Hall of Fame Presenter 2 episodes, 1998
Richard Street Richard Street 2 episodes, 1998
Maurice Walker Maurice Walker ...  The Voice Masters 2 episodes, 1998
J.R. Whittington ...  The Cadillacs 2 episodes, 1998
Brett Kennedy ...  The Shooter 1 episode, 1998
Jalil Jay Lynch ...  Car Jacker - Shooter 1 episode, 1998
Yves Jean Yves Jean ...  Bass Player unknown episodes
Eddie Kendricks Eddie Kendricks 2 episodes, 1998
Martha Reeves unknown episodes
Otis Williams Otis Williams 2 episodes, 1998
Paul Williams Paul Williams 2 episodes, 1998


The true story of The Temptations, the Soul vocal group of the 1960s, as seen from the viewpoint of the last surviving member, Otis Williams. Beginning from their humble origins in the late 50s and continuing through the 90s and the deaths of the other 4 members. Written by Nic Cage <2cool@zebra.net>

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Their sound made them famous. Their struggle made them legends. See more »


Biography | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Temptations See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the group's 1968 performance in Detroit, David Ruffin steals the microphone from newcomer Dennis Edwards and sings "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." In reality, Ruffin succeeded in pulling this stunt several times afterwards at other shows as well. Though refuted by Otis Williams, Edwards himself recalls that the Temptations nearly acquiesced and took Ruffin back until he failed to show up on time for his "return" concert and Edwards took Ruffin's place once and for all. (In the early days after the formation of the Temptations, Ruffin was a solo recording artist who used to jump on stage with them at their shows. Eventually he joined the group himself.) See more »


When David and Flynn are riding in the car laughing, they pass an SUV. See more »


[Melvin is in the hospital after being shot by a carjacker who stole his car]
Melvin Franklin: He shot me, then he recognized me, and then he kicked my butt out of MY car.
Otis Williams: Was it Ruffin?
[they both laugh]
Melvin Franklin: No, Ruffin would've killed me.
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Edited into Race for Space (2010) See more »

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Genius is in this film
19 December 2004 | by murf353See all my reviews

Watching this film on network TV had me mesmerized in the 90's. A few months ago when we finally got a DVD player, well, we had to have films to watch. I only bought one that day. The Temptations. The film made me research the group and photos of them, but I expected to see the actors faces instead of the real faces of the Temps. All of the people who worked on this film did a masterful job in bringing to the world a story of some young men that filled the world with music and joy. The story of how they did this was never known, but now that the film is available, everybody and anybody who loves music must see this film. Overlooked is was, but brilliant it will always be. Whether you liked the group or not, whether you liked their music or not, you should take 3 hours of your life and watch how the passion for excellence permeated the souls of a group brilliant musicians. The film is enthralling, the acting superb, and the story is as beautiful as it is tragic. I wish I had known them, but except for Otis, they are lost to the ages. The Temptations is a film for all young people to see if they want to pursue a career as a musician. It is one of the most magnificent stories of music and life and dreams that has ever, or will ever be made. We are so fortunate the Temptations gave us their soul and love and life. They are almost all gone, but the joy and music they gave us will outlive us all. Buy it, rent it, or borrow it, but watch this film. There is genius in this film.

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