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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 ... 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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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

The blimp in background of the "Smooth Criminal" section says "MJ Air". This was the name given to the airline in the unfinished 3D finale of the concert in which Michael and his dancers would board a plane and take off over the audience. See more »

Quotes

Zaldy, Wardrobe Designer: We're all trying to push the boundaries, you know. Because, that's what Michael's about.
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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

Edited from Dead Reckoning (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)
Written by Michael Jackson and Randy Jackson
Performed by Michael Jackson
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User Reviews

 
Moved with no expectations.
28 October 2009 | by casperladebySee all my reviews

I went to see this movie as a non-Michael Jackson fan with absolutely no expectations. I bought the tickets for the world premiere as a birthday gift for my girlfriend. We went to the cinema in the morning and from the beginning I was moved. I have never done it before but in the very beginning a tear came to my eye. Thinking that this guy, with so much energy is 50 years old and about to die. When I bought the tickets I expected a movie with some biography of Michael, a lot of interviews etc, but there is none of this in the movie. The whole movie is about how the concerts would be, but I still didn't feel like I was seeing a concert. I was seeing a little family making a big project come true. I also expected to see Michael less weak, than some of his others concerts, but damn.. If you didn't know he was dead, and saw him dance and sing like he does there is no way you could predict that he was about to die of illness. There was no way I wanted to pay for tickets to his concerts before this day, but now I would pay 500$ for seeing those concerts in London. Although that This is it was about the concerts, the movie also consist a little sense of humor, love and a insight to the worlds climate problems.

A really great job, with great cutting and editing. This movie is a must see for everyone! Even though you aren't a fan of Michael, go watch it!


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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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