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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.

Director:

Kenny Ortega
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Cast

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

Discover The Man You Never Knew See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Through most of the film, Michael Jackson is singing with half-voice, doing what singers call "marking" - rehearsing at a lower vocal volume so he can save his full voice for the actual performances. At least twice he tells his producers and technicians he's "conserving my voice," while they argue that they can't work out the vocal balances for the concert unless he sings at full voice. At the end of the song "The Way You Make Me Feel" you can hear Michael Jackson in full voice. See more »

Quotes

Michael Jackson: [singing] Billie Jean is not my lover.
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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

Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.39 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Is It
Written and Performed by Michael Jackson
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User Reviews

 
Great movie ... Hats off to MJ
27 October 2009 | by raman_aroraSee all my reviews

Just came back from screening of this movie.

I went with very low expectation but it was really great movie. Lots of MJ songs and practice sessions.

His female guitarist was out of the world, simply superb.

I wish they had shown or MJ has performed some more of his stunts (moon walk, dance stunts etc etc)... so deducted 1 star for this...

MJ was so humble, I dint expect that from such a big start... I m really impressed with his behavior towards his troop :) I m not a big MJ fan.. and I was totally amazed by editing and quality of movie... I m pretty sure MJ fans would love this....

Hats off to MJ ... RIP....


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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

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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