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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 Alexandra Apjarova ... Herself
Nick Bass Nick Bass ... Himself
Michael Bearden 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:

Discover The Man You Never Knew See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

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

Michael Jackson: [when asked why the dancers didn't begin on cue] We're sizzling!
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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 from Gilda (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be There
Written by Hal Davis, Berry Gordy (as Berry Gordy, Jr.), Bob West and Willie Hutch
Performed by Michael Jackson
Original master excerpt Performed by Jackson 5
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Thank You MJ
28 October 2009 | by Chris HussainSee all my reviews

I saw This Is It today and all i can say is that it is fitting for the man Michael. That will say more than anything else about how well done this movie is. It makes me sad when i see what a fantastic production this could've been to know that the world never got a chance to see it. But i know it would've been amazing, that's more than enough for me.

For the film it is basically all of his biggest hits that would've been performed in the shows on the big screen instead. It's just rehearsal but he's still amazing in them. Between each song you got some insight into the bigger picture of the shows themselves, and sometimes you'd even get to see Michael as himself.

Michael you were truly one of God's greatest gifts to those of us lucky to be alive now. R.I.P


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