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The Jacksons: An American Dream 

The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show ... See full summary »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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 Diana Ross 2 episodes, 1992
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 Martha Scruse 2 episodes, 1992
Alex Burrall ...
 Michael Jackson (aged 6-8) 2 episodes, 1992
Jermaine Jackson II ...
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 Jackie Jackson - age 12-16 2 episodes, 1992
Kelli Martin ...
 La Toya Jackson - Age 8-10 2 episodes, 1992
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 Marlon Jackson - age 7-9 2 episodes, 1992
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 Rebbie Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
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Ángel Vargas ...
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 Berry Gordy 2 episodes, 1992
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 Hazel Gordy 2 episodes, 1992
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Finis Henderson III ...
 Apollo Theatre MC 2 episodes, 1992
Grady Harrell ...
 Jackie Wilson 2 episodes, 1992
Jimmy Castor ...
Eugene Lee ...
 Bill Bray 2 episodes, 1992
Bobby Mardis ...
 Chicago Theatre MC 2 episodes, 1992
Narcissa Marte ...
 High School Girl 2 episodes, 1992
Charles E. Timbers Jr. ...
 Dr. Hayes 2 episodes, 1992
Shakiem Evans ...
 Tito Jackson - Age 10-14 2 episodes, 1992
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 La Toya Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Maya Nicole Johnson ...
Jacen Wilkerson ...
 Marlon Jackson - Age 10-12 2 episodes, 1992
Nicholas Phillips ...
Wylie Draper ...
Colin Steele ...
Marcus Maurice ...
 Marlon Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Robert Redcross ...
 Randy Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Randy Kirby ...
 Reporter 2 episodes, 1992
Terry Coleman ...
 Tito's Friend 2 episodes, 1992
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 Groupie 1 2 episodes, 1992
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 Groupie 2 2 episodes, 1992
Melanie Taylor ...
 Airport Fan 1 2 episodes, 1992
Emily Williams ...
 Airport Fan 2 2 episodes, 1992
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The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show after talent show they soon hit it big when Motown calls. From there they become the now famous Jackson 5. But along the way their success brings trouble and turmoil Written by Tony Meier <discokid@aol.com>

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There's fame...there's fortune...and then there's family. Sometimes it's hard to choose.

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Trivia

Jermaine Jackson's real life son Jermaine Jackson ll plays him in the film. Oddly enough he is billed as Jermaine (aged 13-17), but in actuality, his son plays him from when the boys are just starting the Jackson 5 until they are almost adults so ages 10-17. He is also the only actor to act alongside all the actors playing Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Michael at different ages except the adult Michael and Marlon. Colin Steele played adult Jermaine for the last part of the film. See more »

Goofs

During the high school talent show scene, the far away shots clearly show another child doubling for the character of Michael for the more elaborate dance moves. See more »

Quotes

Katherine Jackson: You know, that Marlon's gonna be a dancer if it kills him.
Joseph Jackson: He can't cut it, Katie. He doesn't have it. He sings out of tune, he misses steps. I'm dropping him from the group.
Katherine Jackson: [shocked] What? Joseph Walter Jackson, there's lots of things that you do that I do different. I keep quiet, I don't say nothin' about it mostly. But on this, I gotta speak. I see him. Always trying to outrun Michael, always trying to beat him at some game. You do this to him and it'll break him. I'm not gonna let you do ...
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Referenced in Plump Fiction (1997) See more »

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A Great TV Movie!!!!
20 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

Personally, I liked this movie. Even though I have been an avid Jackson fan since the beginning, I was able to evaluate this movie with a proper perspective and I'm giving it a 10!!!!!! Both Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Angela Bassett were outstanding as Joseph and Katherine Jackson. The remaining cast were excellent and the musical numbers were magnificent!! The writing, art direction, costume design and all the other elements that makes a great movie were impeccable.

Within the last year, I've seen several movies about teen idols from the seventies and some of them were lousy and not historically accurate(especially with the music). Not this one!!! The Jacksons' movie was historically accurate in it's depiction of the world's greatest musical family.


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