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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>

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Taglines:

Like You've Never Seen Him Before 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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: [Testing the cherry picker] Weee!
[Waves to camera]
Michael Jackson: Hi!
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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 »

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Man in the Mirror
Written by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett
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User Reviews

 
Genius ?
29 October 2009 | by shakazulubbSee all my reviews

This was a clear view into the intergral preperation of a concert by a complete genius. I was never a Michael Jackson fan, however, my wife was and since she was desperate to see the film I decided to accompany her. I was astounded. I could not believe this man in the film was the same person that is was always hounded by the press and made to look like the devil. He was by no means weird, ill health, or a drug user. If he was, he masked it very well. The film shows us what we are missing as far as the concert goes and what a pity, it would have been amazing! He seemed at ease, and so happy and normal while on stage, as if it was built to be his. You would never believe this was the ''freak'' that the world perceived him to be. Shame on those people. Genius at work, a perfectionist down the smallest detail and I think the film has captured this very well. What I liked a lot was the fact that the film was not concentrating on his death and tradegy, but solely on his concert, his music, and his geniality and it was a fitting tribute to one of the greatest musicians of our times. So I would urge anyone who has had any miss conceptions about the man to go see this, you like me will more than likely change your views on the man. RIP


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