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Saturday, July 04, 2009

The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)

I remember watching this movie on Singapore TV, probably after 1992.


'The Jacksons: An American Dream' is a five-hour TV Movie broadcast in two halves on ABC, based upon the history of one of the most successful musical families in show business and the early and successful years of the popular Motown group ‘The Jackson 5’. Jermaine Jackson was one of the producers. It was based on Katherine Jackson's ‘My Family’ autobiography. It was originally broadcast on November 15 and November 18, 1992.

The film was mostly based on the autobiography written by Katherine Jackson, who issued the 1990 biography, ‘My Family’ and the film's main focus was based on how Joseph and Katherine managed to raise their children, first in Gary, Indiana, then later dealing with the Jackson 5's early fame and its consequences. Another main focus on part two of the film was based on the struggles of young Michael Jackson as he dealt with his brothers marrying early into the Jackson 5 success, his problems with acne as a teenager and his eventual solo superstardom based on the success of the Off the Wall and Thriller albums and his difficult relationship with his father.

There were a few liberties taken with the film to dramatize its purpose including a scene in which Tito Jackson first played guitar for his father after he had caught him using the guitar after seeing one of its strings break. In the scene it showed Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon performing for him but in reality, Marlon didn't sing with his brothers until the group signed with Motown in 1969. The film also chronicled that as soon as Michael made his singing debut at his elementary school that he joined his brothers' band and became lead singer in 1964. In reality, however, both Michael and Marlon joined the band as percussionists and Michael didn't begin singing and dancing with his brothers until 1966. In several scenes, young Michael has a pet rat but Katherine Jackson states that Michael didn't have pet rats until well after the Jackson 5 established themselves in Motown.

On YouTube:

The Jacksons: An American Dream (Part 01/25)

This Link Plays All 25 Parts


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