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Hitsville: The Making of Motown (2019)

TV-14 | | Documentary, Music | 24 August 2019 (USA)
Documentary film that focuses on the period beginning with the birth of Motown in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Berry Gordy ... Himself
Smokey Robinson ... Himself
Miller London Miller London ... Himself
Robin Terry Robin Terry ... Herself
John Legend ... Himself
Eddie Holland Eddie Holland ... Himself
Brian Holland Brian Holland ... Himself
Lamont Dozier ... Himself
Jamie Foxx ... Himself
Valerie Simpson Valerie Simpson ... Herself
Rosalind Ashford Rosalind Ashford ... Herself
Annette Beard Annette Beard ... Herself
Mickey Stevenson Mickey Stevenson ... Himself
Suzanne De Passe ... Herself
Martha Reeves ... Herself
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Documentary film that focuses on the period beginning with the birth of Motown in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The film tracks the unique system that Gordy assembled that enabled Motown to become the most successful record label of all time. The creation and initial success of Motown was achieved during a period of significant racial tensions in America and amid the burgeoning civil rights movement. Written by SHOWTIME

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English

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24 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Early Motown 101
26 August 2019 | by jrneptuneSee all my reviews

There have been a number of music documentaries that have covered the era in focus but I give this documentary high praise not just for presentation but on the focus of what actually drove Barry Gordy to start the Motown enterprise and to grow it.

Let me explain upfront I don't have the musical background or training required for making a truly honest assessment of the documentary but being that much of the focus is on the human element behind the music I can point out some key things.

On the entrepreneurial side, learning from failures, perseverance, belief in oneself, and having a vision is embedded in the story. Having everyone in the enterprise share that vision and understand it even more so.

I appreciate how he gives his parents credit for raising him with the values needed to be a success. Civil rights is discussed but ultimately having a vision that is color blind is shown to be more important. The diversity he brought to his enterprise and the use of everyone's talents shines through as well.

The music is great too and making wish there was a Motown collection that I can purchase or a soundtrack to the documentary with all the full songs on it.

It is a helpful watch for anyone considering starting a business regardless of field. Barry Gordy shares credit with Smoky Robinson and others but for me it was clear he was the one driving the train..

P.S. Looking forward to comments from professional in the industry as well.


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