The Temptations (1998– )
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David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams and Otis Williams are five former street corner singers who managed to become Motown legends. With a sound that's doo-wop, pop ... See full summary »

Director:

Allan Arkush

Writers:

Robert Johnson (teleplay), Kevin Arkadie (teleplay)

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Charles Malik Whitfield ... Otis Williams
D.B. Woodside ... Melvin Franklin
Terron Brooks Terron Brooks ... Eddie Kendricks
Christian Payton Christian Payton ... Paul Williams
Leon ... David Ruffin
Alan Rosenberg ... Shelly Berger
Tina Lifford ... Haze
Jenifer Lewis ... Mama Rose
Gina Ravera ... Josephine
Obba Babatundé ... Berry Gordy
Erik Michael Tristan ... Smokey Robinson
J. August Richards ... Richard Street
Harold Surratt Harold Surratt ... Edgar
Charles Ley Charles Ley ... Dennis Edwards
Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Johnnie Mae Matthews
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David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams and Otis Williams are five former street corner singers who managed to become Motown legends. With a sound that's doo-wop, pop and hip-hop, they are rhythm and blues royalty. The Temptations had 16 #1 singles on the Billboard charts and received three Grammy Awards. But the climb to the top was plagued by competing egos andamp; repeated drug and alcohol abuse. In 1958 Detroit, Michigan, 17-year-old singer Otis Williams partners with 16-year-old Melvin Franklin to form The Siberians. They quickly come to the attention of Johnnie Mae Matthews who becomes their manager, producer and promoter. Meanwhile, Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams are burning up the stages of Detroit as The Primes, who are already signed to Motown by entrepreneur/producer Berry Gordy. After Johnnie Mae drops The Siberians, and after The Primes disband, Paul, Eddie, Otis and Melvin join to become The Temptations, eventually adding David Ruffin to the ...

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1998 (USA) See more »

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