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ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (2019)

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An investigation into the circumstances and controversy surrounding Sam Cooke's murder.

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Kelly Duane

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Jeff Zimbalist (created by), Michael Zimbalist (created by)
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Sam Cooke ... Self (archive footage)
Quincy Jones ... Self
Smokey Robinson ... Self
Dionne Warwick ... Self
Lou Adler ... Self
Jerry Brandt Jerry Brandt ... Self
Jim Brown ... Self
Marjorie Cook Marjorie Cook ... Self
Billy Davis ... Self
Joan Dew Joan Dew ... Self
Norman Edelen Norman Edelen ... Self
Renee Graham Renee Graham ... Self
Erik Greene Erik Greene ... Self
Jason King Jason King ... Self
Spencer Leak Spencer Leak ... Self
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An investigation into the circumstances and controversy surrounding Sam Cooke's murder.

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what a wonderful world it is with Sam Cooke's music
1 May 2019 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

You might not know the name Sam Cooke but you've probably heard at least one of his songs. Probably the most obvious place is a certain movie scene where John Belushi's slovenly student is stuffing himself in a cafeteria. Cooke was behind some of the songs that defined the early '60s.

But there was another Cooke. Oh he was the same man, all right. But he wasn't just the melodious voice singing "nice" songs. He also addressed political issues of the era, and befriended Muhammad Ali. His murder in a motel led to theories that it was an assassination to prevent him from leading a movement.

Netflix's "ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke" looks at this. The title refers to the murder, and the recording companies' subsequent efforts to suppress Cooke's political stances so as to make him palatable to white audiences. The viewers can draw their own conclusions about what happened in that motel that night, but let's not forget Cooke's activism. He was a great singer and a great man, if flawed. Not the greatest documentary - it prods you to think some things - but I recommend it.


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