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Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story (2004)

Chronicles the rise and fall of pop king Michael Jackson.

Director:

Allan Moyle

Writer:

Claudia Salter
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Flex Alexander ... Michael Jackson
Eugene Clark ... Bobby
Amy Sloan ... Holly
Krista Rae ... Lisa Marie
Patricia Idlette Patricia Idlette ... Kat
Lynne Cormack Lynne Cormack ... Liz
Brendan Prost Brendan Prost ... Manny
Peter Onorati ... Ziggy
April Telek ... Debbie (as April Amber Telek)
Robert Seeliger ... Holly's Producer
Steven Saunders Steven Saunders ... Sara's Son
Barbara Mamabolo ... Janet
Roxanne Wong Roxanne Wong ... Rebecca
David LeReaney ... Jack
Daniel Libman ... Dr. Goodman (as Dan Libman)
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Chronicles the rise and fall of pop king Michael Jackson.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 2004 (USA) See more »

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Family Values See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Although this film is about Michael Jackson and his music career, it doesn't contain any of the artist's music. See more »

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The cast credits at the end of the film list Jeff Scott as having played the Stage Manager. In reality, Scott was unable to fulfill the requirements of the role, and Trainee Assistant Director Troy Rudolph was chosen to replace him at the last minute. See more »

Quotes

Michael Jackson: [Having just dangled his baby out the window] I just wanted to share Blanket with the World.
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Connections

References Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Knew
Performed by Diana Chaplin
Written by Diana Chaplin and Stefan Hengst
Published by Twin Towers Publishing
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My two year old could've wrote a better movie than this
14 January 2005 | by Unbreakable27See all my reviews

Although I'm a Michael Jackson fan, I look at things very objectively.

As a fan, I hope he did not do what he is accused of, and I am happy that he was proved innocent on all charges.

First let me start off by saying trying to make a movie about Michael Jackson without 'Beat It' or 'Billie Jean' is like trying to make a hamburger without ground beef.

Not even one little "I'm Bad, you know it."

But since this movie was not made with MJ's blessing they could not use any of his music.

I really came into this movie expecting to see a sequel to "An American Dream".

Boy was I sorely disappointed.

If you're going to make a movie at least have your actors resemble the people they are portraying a LITTTLE!

Jeez! And Elizabeth Taylor around the time MJ was accused the first time in 93 hasn't looked that young in well....forever.

Flex as Michael Jackson? Lord where did the person who casted this movie get his start? I hope he doesn't cast his other projects this poorly.

My choice for Michael Jackson would have been one of his widely known impersonators like Edward Moss (the guy from Scary Movie 3. Even out of make-up, Moss resembles a Thriller-era Mike.

And although the movie tries to portray MJ positively and show us things from his side, it's so full of pity for MJ you almost forget that he had nothing to do with this movie.

The movie can't even get it's relationships right.

Janet and Michael are and always have been close, but he was never buddy-buddy with her first husband James DeBarge.

In fact, Michael doesn't even acknowledge the guy as a former brother-in-law.

No closeness between Michael and Jermaine. Jermaine is the brother that Michael is closest to.

And this movie is so chronologically displaced, it's not even funny. Furthermore, this movie portrayed Joe Jackson to be an asshole. He was in fact strict and very disciplined oriented but he still loves his boys. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs plays Joe a lot better. He was hard on them but there was a few good father/son moments between him and various sons. In 'Jacksons: An American Dream" where Michael is upset about Jermaine leaving the group and his about to perform for the first time without him, Joe pats Mike on the shoulder and says, "Mike, he'll be back someday."

And when he and Kate rush to the hospital after Michael is burned and the reporter asks him how does he feel about it,

JOE: "YOU HAVE ANY KIDS?"

REPORTER: "WHY, NO."

JOE: "THAT'S MY SON IN THERE....MY SON."

This movie just made Joe to be a completely heartless prick. It practically jumps straight from the 93 allegation to the Bashir interview in 2003. Then to the baby incident, which was in 2002.

What the hell?

How are you going to jump back a year?

I could talk about how bad this movie was all night, but who the hell's got the time?


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