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The Temptations 

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Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical act, The Temptations.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Charles Malik Whitfield ...  Otis Williams 2 episodes, 1998
D.B. Woodside ...  Melvin Franklin 2 episodes, 1998
Terron Brooks Terron Brooks ...  Eddie Kendricks 2 episodes, 1998
Christian Payton Christian Payton ...  Paul Williams 2 episodes, 1998
Leon ...  David Ruffin 2 episodes, 1998
Alan Rosenberg ...  Shelly Berger 2 episodes, 1998
Tina Lifford ...  Haze 2 episodes, 1998
Jenifer Lewis ...  Mama Rose 2 episodes, 1998
Gina Ravera ...  Josephine 2 episodes, 1998
Obba Babatundé ...  Berry Gordy 2 episodes, 1998
Erik Michael Tristan ...  Smokey Robinson 2 episodes, 1998
J. August Richards ...  Richard Street 2 episodes, 1998
Harold Surratt Harold Surratt ...  Edgar 2 episodes, 1998
Charles Ley Charles Ley ...  Dennis Edwards 2 episodes, 1998
Vanessa Bell Calloway ...  Johnnie Mae Matthews 2 episodes, 1998
Mel Jackson ...  Norman Whitfield 2 episodes, 1998
Rhonda Ross Kendrick ...  Maxine 2 episodes, 1998
Vincent A. Ponder Vincent A. Ponder ...  James 'Pee-Wee' Crawford 2 episodes, 1998
Chaz Lamar Shepherd ...  Elbridge 'Al' Bryant 2 episodes, 1998
Stevland Parks Stevland Parks ...  Lamont, age 12 2 episodes, 1998
Christopher Reid ...  Joltin' Joe 2 episodes, 1998
Chrystal Bates Chrystal Bates ...  Mrs. Rogers 2 episodes, 1998
Bianca Lawson ...  Diana Ross 2 episodes, 1998
Melissa Linton Melissa Linton ...  Florence Ballard 2 episodes, 1998
Taifa Harris Taifa Harris ...  Mary Wilson 2 episodes, 1998
N'Tasha A. Pierre N'Tasha A. Pierre ...  Martha Reeves 2 episodes, 1998
Ricky Fante ...  Marvin Gaye 2 episodes, 1998
Russell Clark ...  Cholly Atkins 2 episodes, 1998
Adam Lazarre-White ...  Flynn 2 episodes, 1998
Benjamin J. Cain Jr. ...  Glenn Leonard 2 episodes, 1998
Peter Anthony Peter Anthony 2 episodes, 1998
Tommy Lafitte Tommy Lafitte ...  Drug Dealer 2 episodes, 1998
Lamman Rucker ...  Jimmy Ruffin 2 episodes, 1998
Nyjah Moore Nyjah Moore ...  Tammi Terrell 2 episodes, 1998
Danni Vasser Danni Vasser 2 episodes, 1998
Jonnie Brown ...  Damon Harris 2 episodes, 1998
Charles Brown Charles Brown 2 episodes, 1998
Ronnie Beasley Ronnie Beasley ...  The Voice Masters 2 episodes, 1998
Thomas Martell Brimm Thomas Martell Brimm ...  Barber 2 episodes, 1998
Albridge Bryant Albridge Bryant 2 episodes, 1998
Ezra S. Coles Ezra S. Coles ...  The Voice Masters 2 episodes, 1998
Marcel Curges Marcel Curges ...  The Cadillacs 2 episodes, 1998
Anthony Dixon Anthony Dixon ...  The Cadillacs 2 episodes, 1998
Dennis Edwards ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1998
Melvin Franklin Melvin Franklin ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1998
Michael Fullmer Michael Fullmer 2 episodes, 1998
Shelly Hall Shelly Hall ...  Grocery Lady 2 episodes, 1998
Shelton Hall Shelton Hall ...  Allan age 8 2 episodes, 1998
Tony Haris Tony Haris ...  Principal Dancer 2 episodes, 1998
Eric Hersh Eric Hersh ...  Concert Member 2 episodes, 1998
Amanda Iwanonkiw Amanda Iwanonkiw ...  Family friend 2 episodes, 1998
Jesse Iwanonkiw Jesse Iwanonkiw ...  FAMILY FRIEND 2 episodes, 1998
Stephaine Iwanonkiw Stephaine Iwanonkiw ...  Family Friend 2 episodes, 1998
Leonard Julien III Leonard Julien III ...  David Ruffin 2 episodes, 1998
Robert Knowles Robert Knowles ...  The Cadillacs 2 episodes, 1998
Mandell Loman Mandell Loman ...  The Voice Masters 2 episodes, 1998
Tremayne McCoy Tremayne McCoy ...  Student leaving school 2 episodes, 1998
Larry John Meyers Larry John Meyers ...  Dr. Klein 2 episodes, 1998
Smokey Robinson ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1998
Thomas Ross Thomas Ross ...  The Cadillacs 2 episodes, 1998
David Ruffin David Ruffin ...  Man in Coppa Cabana 2 episodes, 1998
Tim Stevens Tim Stevens ...  Hall of Fame Presenter 2 episodes, 1998
Richard Street Richard Street 2 episodes, 1998
Maurice Walker Maurice Walker ...  The Voice Masters 2 episodes, 1998
J.R. Whittington ...  The Cadillacs 2 episodes, 1998
Stephanie Haff ...  Girl in bar 1 episode, 1998
Brett Kennedy ...  The Shooter 1 episode, 1998
Jalil Jay Lynch ...  Car Jacker - Shooter 1 episode, 1998
Stephanie Bertoni ...  Dancer unknown episodes
Yves Jean Yves Jean ...  Bass Player unknown episodes
Eddie Kendricks Eddie Kendricks 2 episodes, 1998
Martha Reeves unknown episodes
Otis Williams Otis Williams 2 episodes, 1998
Paul Williams Paul Williams 2 episodes, 1998
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The true story of The Temptations, the Soul vocal group of the 1960s, as seen from the viewpoint of the last surviving member, Otis Williams. Beginning from their humble origins in the late 50s and continuing through the 90s and the deaths of the other 4 members. Written by Nic Cage <2cool@zebra.net>

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Their sound made them famous. Their struggle made them legends. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Temptations See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to the film, Elbridge Bryant vacillated between his commitment to the group and his day job as a milk man. His impatience to become successful caused his bad attitude and behavior and therefore he was only slightly hesitant to leave when he was fired. However in reality, Bryant's commitment to the group never wavered. He maintained a day job because being a Temptation did not pay very well. His troubles in the group stemmed from his drunken and disorderly conduct. When he was fired, he was devastated and reacted as if he did not see it coming. According to Otis Williams, Bryant never recovered from his termination. He attempted to form his own group but it did not take off and his aspirations for a career in music were laid to rest. See more »

Goofs

During the scene at The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction ceremony in 1989, the actor playing Glenn Leonard was seated at the table with the current lineup of The Temptations, at that time. By then, however, Ron Tyson filled the role of first tenor/falsetto vocalist in the group and not Glenn Leonard. Tyson replaced Glenn Leonard in 1983. See more »

Quotes

[Melvin is in the hospital after being shot by a carjacker who stole his car]
Melvin Franklin: He shot me, then he recognized me, and then he kicked my butt out of MY car.
Otis Williams: Was it Ruffin?
[they both laugh]
Melvin Franklin: No, Ruffin would've killed me.
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Connections

Edited into Race for Space (2010) See more »

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fantastic representation of the history of the temptations
13 January 2007 | by drewk21See all my reviews

This movie was great. It told th story of the temptations in a very realistic and comprehensive way. The lives of one of the original Motown legend was wonderfully depicted in this movie. The five members (Paul Williams, Otis Williams , Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, and bassist Melvin Blue Franklin lived remarkable lives. Fighting through the segregated southern stats and minimal opportunities, they fought to achieve greatness. In addition to the fantastic acting in this film, viewers can also appreciate th wonderful music made by the temptations, Smokie Robinson, and Barry Gordy. This movie will give you a memorable experience and will leave you wanting more.


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