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This Is It (2009)

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A compilation of interviews, rehearsals, and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

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Kenny Ortega
7 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Jackson ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Al ... Himself
Alexandra Apjarova ... Herself
Nick Bass Nick Bass ... Himself
Michael Bearden ... Himself
Irina Brecher Irina Brecher ... Herself
Daniel Celebre Daniel Celebre ... Himself
Mekia Cox ... Herself
Miles Faber ... Dancer at the Audition
Chris Grant Chris Grant ... Himself
Misha Gabriel Hamilton ... Himself
Judith Hill ... Herself
Dorian Holley Dorian Holley ... Himself
Shannon Holtzapffel ... Dancer
Devin Jamieson Devin Jamieson ... Himself
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Storyline

In the weeks before his death, Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009) was rehearsing a show, "This Is It," that was to open in July. This film begins with a few of the auditioning dancers speaking to the camera about why they're trying out and what Jackson means to them. Then we plunge into rehearsals at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The film is arranged by musical number with pre-recorded material and footage from Jackson's various rehearsals edited together to take us through what would have been the concert's set list. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Like You've Never Seen Him Before See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some suggestive choreography and scary images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Michael Jackson's This Is It See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,234,394, 1 November 2009

Gross USA:

$72,091,016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$261,183,588
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The concert was supposed to be in full 3D experience that was to be displayed in full jumbo LED screen. These works can be seen during Thriller, Smooth Criminal and Earth Song. See more »

Quotes

Kenny Ortega: We've rehearsed and Michael was great.
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Crazy Credits

Additional Thanks to The Michael Jackson Fan Clubs Worldwide and everyone involved in the development and creation of "This Is It" See more »

Connections

Featured in This Morning: Episode dated 16 September 2009 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Smooth Criminal
Written and Performed by Michael Jackson
Original master excerpt courtesy of MJJ Productions/Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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A Fitting Tribute/Epitaph for One of the Most Talented and Troubled Personalities of the past 1/2 Century!
2 August 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

.......................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA and ORLANDO, FL

Those of you who are fans will undoubtedly love THIS IS IT.(Although it most certainly will bring you some tearful moments) Those of you who aren't, will probably enjoy it a lot, despite any negative feelings or concepts you may harbor about Michael Jackson's personal life. Frankly, I was lukewarm about going to see it. Thanks to my wife Carmen's insistence, this outstanding work moved and inspired both of us.

Ever the consummate perfectionist, Jackson seemed poised to embark on a grueling 50 performance tour that, undoubtedly, would have served as the comeback/swan song to end all comebacks/swan songs?! This miraculously edited work (From over 1,000 hours of footage), apparently the brainchild of director Kenny Ortega, provides us with a direct window into the elaborate creative process of a true performing genius. What a show it would have been! Jackson was putting together a tour experience that elevated itself to near art form/near perfection. What a profound shame that it was never to be!

A stunningly awesome international ensemble of world-class dancers, singers, musicians, performers, and technicians were assembled by this Tour juggernaut, ALL of them seemingly worshiping the ground M.J. walked on. Was there any foreshadowing of the looming ominous event that caught us all by surprise? A few chips in M.J.'s armor? Frequently, he apologized to all present for "Holding back and not giving 100% in order to conserve energy and save his voice." But then again, most of the other performers were 1/2 his age! One thing is for certain: There will be no more Michael Jackson Tours, nor new Michael Jackson hits to add to his long and impressive list. They are his legacy to all of us and have forever become part of our cultural landscape. I recommend you experience THIS IS IT in a good home- theater for full impact...

9* STARS*....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!


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