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Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 24 January 2016 (USA)
A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Jackson ... Himself (archive footage)
Jackson 5 ... Themselves (archive footage)
Berry Gordy ... Himself
Suzanne De Passe ... Herself
Katherine Jackson ... Herself
Valerie Simpson Valerie Simpson ... Herself
Steven Manning Steven Manning ... Himself
Joe Jackson ... Himself
Marlon Jackson ... Himself
Jackie Jackson ... Himself
Joe Vogel Joe Vogel ... Himself
Scott Osborn Scott Osborn ... Himself, TV show host (archive footage)
Lee Daniels ... Himself
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)
Leon Huff Leon Huff ... Himself
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A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.

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24 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Michael Jackson - de unge år See more »

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Written by Don Black (as Donald Black) and Walter Scharf
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30 March 2018 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Michael Jackson was a rare thing, a child star who actually made it as an adult. He was also a complicated icon of black America, an individual whose sanity was sometimes questioned, and a businessman, very definitely promoting a product. Spike Lee's documentary focuses mainly on the first of these, charting his rise to fame. It's definietly an interesting story, but the overall tone is hagiographic, and the contrast between the young Jackson's astonishingly shy public persona and the confident performer is never completely explained: there are a lot of talking heads here, but none tell us anything that personal. Still, it left me wanting to know about the next phases of his life as well, the rise to megastardom and madness, and his unfortunately early death; and with a sense of recognition of his phenomenal talent, even though his music wasn't my personal taste.


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