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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
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1983, Paul Anka co-wrote with Michael Jackson the song 'I Never Heard', which was retitled and released in 2009 under the name 'This Is It'. This was not noted in the film credits, although it has been confirmed by Anka on ABC's The View (1997). See more »

Quotes

Michael Jackson: [when explaining to his Musical Director/ Keyboardist the proper way to start "The Way You Make Me Feel"] I want it the way I wrote it, I mean like the audience hears it.
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Crazy Credits

There are two scenes after the closing credits. The first was a clip of Michael rehearsing "Human Nature" a couple of weeks before his death. The other was a video of the little girl who appeared in "Earth Song" holding the earth with the words "Heal The World" above her, followed by Michael's signature, and his final message to his fans: "I love you." See more »

Connections

Edited into 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Jam
Written by Michael Jackson, Rene Moore (as René Moore), Bruce Swedien and Teddy Riley
Performed by Michael Jackson
Original master excerpt courtesy of MJJ Productions/Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

 
A must-see
28 October 2009 | by xiayunSee all my reviews

I had my fear going in, but it was all shattered. What a blast. This is a must-see for every MJ fan and even non-fans to understand why he was so popular and deserved every bit of the title King of the Pop. A consummate artist, a perfectionist, and a visionary. The film is overflowed with his energy, passion, and dedication. If the rehearsals could be this good and engaging, one could only imagine what the concerts would've been. His voice sometimes showed his age, but his dance moves were not, at all. Also the young female guitarist was not just good looking, but crazily good with the guitar as well. Smooth Criminal segment is probably my favorite, but they're all very excellent. I don't feel the film is exploiting his death in any way. It's simply paying the tribute and gives fans something they deserve to see.


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