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The Temptations 

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Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical act, The Temptations.
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1998  
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
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 ...  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
Stephanie Haff ...  Girl in bar 1 episode, 1998
Brett Kennedy ...  The Shooter 1 episode, 1998
Jalil Jay Lynch ...  Car Jacker - Shooter 1 episode, 1998
Stephanie Bertoni ...  Dancer unknown episodes
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
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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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The story of a dream come true and the struggle to keep that dream alive. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Temptations See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In reality, Melvin Franklin did not die in a wheelchair at his mother's home. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie and Paul are singing "Stay" and Eddie starts singing "Oh won't" in one shot his hand is on the microphone. Then it cuts to another shot for "you stay" and his hand is not on the microphone. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Kendricks: Makin' a big mistake, Otis.
Melvin Franklin: [to Eddie] Ain't no one man bigger than this group. Now, you remember that.
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Connections

Edited into Race for Space (2010) See more »

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pretty good
4 November 2008 | by winner55See all my reviews

The camera work has the usual claustrophobic box look of most television films. The editing is incredibly choppy, and the continuity is really awful sometimes. There are also clichés in abundance - David Ruffin getting tossed out of a car is pure detective-show melodrama, but doesn't really resolve the whole Ruffin problem in the film. And there's plenty of lag-time, especially in the second half.

All that said, the story is surprisingly very strong, the characters fascinating, the performances energetic, and the music is very well presented. The sense of the historical change of context surrounding the characters is also accurate and convincing, although played quietly (actually works better that way).

The first half especially is a treat. A strong effort to do the group, its music, and its history justice.


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