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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
7 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The footage was originally intended for the private library of Michael Jackson. It was also to be used to help the concert's creative team analyze, review and alter aspects of the show before completion. See more »

Quotes

Kenny Ortega: [as Michael rides the cherry picker] Just for same safety. Thank you. We've been there before. MJ this is just a mid-height. It goes much higher than this. This is the low-height.
Michael Jackson: Why would you say that to me? You know better.
[Kenny laughs]
Michael Jackson: Why would you say that? You're teasing me. That's why. You know want it higher.
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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

Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #11.8 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Ghosts - Underscore
Written by Nicholas Pike
Courtesy of Optimum Productions
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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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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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