The Temptations

The Temptations

Charles Malik Whitfield
Director: Allan Arkush Cast: Charles Malik Whitfield
Charles Malik Whitfield
, Tina Lifford
Tina Lifford
, Christian Payton
Christian Payton
Allan Arkush


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This biographical TV miniseries tracks members of the famed Motown group, The Temptations, faithfully following their rise to fame and the subsequent downhill race in a chronological coverage spanning 40 years. In 1958, when Detroit high-schoolers harmonize on street corners to meet girls, Otis Williams (Charles Malik Whitfield) finds his mom Haze (Tina Lifford) supports his singing but not his stepfather Edgar (Harold Surratt). When Williams brings together his group The Siberians -- with Franklin (D.B. Woodside) and Al Bryant (Chaz Lamar Shepherd) -- producer Johnnie Mae Matthews (Vanessa Bell Calloway) records the group as Otis Williams and the Distants. They perform with The Primes, including Kendricks (Terron Brooks) and Paul Williams (Christian Payton), and The Primettes (later The Supremes). When group members merge as The Elgins, Berry Gordy (Obba Babatunde) begins grooming the group. The name is changed to The Temptations, and a 1963 New Year's Eve altercation results in David Ruffin (Leon) replacing Bryant. The Motortown Revue is launched, and Smokey Robinson (Erik Michael Tristan) teams with Norman Whitfield (Mel Jackson) to compose/produce "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." As Ruffin becomes hooked on coke, Gordy moves to intro The Temptations to white record-buyers. In part two, Dennis Edwards (Charles Ley) replaces Ruffin, and after Paul Williams' suicide and some members leave the group, the act is dropped by Motown, later returning for a reunion tour and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This four-hour miniseries premiered November 1 on NBC.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2011
UPC: 0883476030579
Original Release: 1998
Rating: NR
Source: Rhi Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:55:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Malik Whitfield Actor
Tina Lifford Actor
Christian Payton Actor
Terron Brooks Actor
D.B. Woodside Actor
Obba Babatunde Actor
Jennifer Lewis Actor
Alan Rosenberg Shelly Berger
Leon David Ruffin

Technical Credits
Allan Arkush Director
Jaime Anderson Cinematographer
Kevin Arkadie Screenwriter
Jay Benson Producer
Suzanne Coston Executive Producer
Suzanne De Passe Executive Producer
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Johnson Screenwriter
David V. Picker Executive Producer
Cary Culp White Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Temptations
1. Two Choices [8:36]
2. Knock Me Out [6:38]
3. Time Is Money [14:06]
4. Band Name [7:14]
5. Welcome To Motown [7:47]
6. On Your Own [8:27]
7. The Things You Do [10:07]
8. My Girl [8:13]
9. Hurting The Group [15:02]
10. Credits [:56]
11. Less Trouble [7:19]
12. Making a Scene [11:47]
13. Not Ready [11:55]
14. No Passion [10:31]
15. Times Are Changing [9:20]
16. Keep On Trucking [11:12]
17. Like Old Times [10:05]
18. Together Again [11:02]
19. Something Special [3:31]
20. Credits [:58]

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