The Temptations

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"The story of a dream come true and the struggle to keep that dream alive."
  • TV-PG
  • 1998
  • 4 hr
  • 8.4  (5,171)

The Temptations is a biographical movie released in 1998 that revolves around the music group The Temptations. The movie showcases the group's origins, struggles, and success in the music industry. The movie is directed by Allan Arkush and stars Charles Malik Whitfield, D.B. Woodside, and Terron Brooks. The movie begins by introducing Otis Williams, the founder of The Temptations, who is seen struggling with his career after leaving his previous band. He sets out to form a new group and meets Al Bryant, who becomes the group's first lead singer. Soon, other members join the group, including Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, and Paul Williams, who becomes the group's choreographer.

As the group begins to make music together, their popularity starts to grow, but they quickly realize that success is not easy, and they have to work hard to maintain their position in the music industry. The group struggles to find their unique sound, and they even face rejection from some record labels.

Despite the hurdles, the group continues to work hard and eventually lands a deal with Motown Records. They start recording music, and their first single "The Way You Do The Things You Do" becomes a breakout hit. The group becomes a sensation, and they start touring all over the country.

As the group's popularity grows, they also face personal struggles. Eddie Kendricks is seen battling drug addiction, which starts to take a toll on his health and his relationships with other group members. Al Bryant becomes dissatisfied with his role in the group and leaves, paving the way for David Ruffin to join the group.

David Ruffin quickly becomes the group's new lead singer and brings a new sound and energy to the group. However, his volatile personality starts to create tension among the group members. The group experiences a lot of success during this time and even performs for the President of the United States.

As the 60s turn into the 70s, the group faces new challenges. They face growing competition from other music groups, and their popularity starts to decline. David Ruffin is fired from the group, and the group faces financial troubles. The group members start exploring solo careers, but they eventually come back together as a group to make music once again.

The movie ends with the group making a comeback and performing at a sold-out concert. The group members reflect on their journey and the challenges they faced along the way. The movie ends with a tribute to some of the group members who have passed away.

Overall, The Temptations is a well-crafted biographical movie that does an excellent job of showcasing the group's journey. The movie is visually stunning, and the music is outstanding. The actors give great performances, and the movie does an excellent job of portraying the struggles and triumphs of The Temptations. If you are a fan of music biopics or are just looking for a well-made movie, The Temptations is definitely worth watching.

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    8.4  (5,171)