Get the Temptations Movie T Shirt . The Temptations is a four-hour television miniseries broadcast in two-hour halves on NBC, based upon the history of one of Motown‘s longest-lived acts, The Temptations. Executive produced by former Motown executive Suzanne de Passe, produced by Otis Williamsand Temptations manager Shelley Berger, and based upon Williams’ Temptations autobiography, the miniseries was originally broadcast on November 1 and November 2, 1998. It was filmed on location in Pittsburgh, PA in the spring of 1998. Allan Arkush directed the miniseries.
Get the Temptations Movie T Shirt . The miniseries was based upon Otis Williams’ book; as such, it came from his perspective: the focus of the story tended to be on Williams and Melvin Franklin, with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks seen as antagonists for much of the second half (although Kendricks was still given a more sympathetic portrayal than Ruffin). Dennis Edwards was not heavily focused upon, nor was much said of the problems he later had with Otis Williams. Nevertheless, the miniseries gave a general overview of both the history of the group and that of Motown, and, thanks to de Passe’s connection, the film was able to use authentic props and locations.
Get the Temptations Movie T Shirt . In the miniseries, during a 1964 New Year’s Motown party, Al Bryant is reluctant to perform another encore, and is fired from the group following a backstage altercation with Bryant throwing a beer bottle at Paul Williams. In reality, the incident happened in October 1963, but it was Williams who was reluctant to do another encore. Bryant would be fired two months later for being uncooperative following an annual Christmas party.
Get the Temptations Movie T Shirt . In the miniseries, Edwards is visibly angered when Ruffin steals his microphone during a concert performance. In actuality, Edwards claims he gave the microphone and was appreciative for Ruffin’s presence. The Temptations’ backstage confrontation with Ruffin in which he is escorted out by security never happened.
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