Which Actor Do You Feel Portrayed His Character Best In The Tempts' Miniseries Movie?

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Top of pageBottom of page   By SB (205.186.129.77) on Tuesday, July 01, 2003 - 08:22 pm:

Ok � KevGo � I'm curious now since you mentioned that you didn't want to get started on this flick. And bro � that makes two of us. Fess up my man.

I'll readily admit, that Leon played the 'ell out of his part - but Christian Payton was my fave. I loved the way he played Paul - and I absolutely loved Paul Williams. Terron played Eddie great also. Heck all of them did a splendid job playing their characters. I�m sure Leon missed singing �Just My Imagination� when the rest of the actors sung it � because he also chose it as his all time fave Tempts� song.

Paul - Eddie and Dennis were my homeboys for real, what w/each of them being from Birmingham, AL. Yet - we claimed them all. I used to think they all were from B'ham � until I learned that, David was from the Mississippi/AL line. Melvin was from Montgomery, and Otis is from Texas. Us folks from B�ham and AL, knew we loved and claimed us some Temptin� Temptations. We were pitiful.

My old boyfriend from B�Ham back in 1971 & 1972 - had a singing group. They patterned themselves after the Tempts. In 1971, I went to the downtown Civic Center in B�ham one night to watch him and his group participate in a talent show. They were dressed in pink suits and shoes. LOL! My boyfriend sung the lead on the �Just My Imagination�, song. He was Eddie. LOL! And they won too. Why did they win? They won, because they were the only group to do and dress like their idols. The crowd ate them up. And I was just sitting there grinning because I knew I was being sung to. LOL!

Seriously though - I am all late where this movie is concerned - because I couldn't bring myself to watch it when it first came on, although now I have more or less caught up. I knew at the time � that I'd get too emotional, upset and would cry out loud. When I went to work - several folks mentioned, that they thought it was good. I didn't want to watch the second part w/o having caught the first - so I decided to wait on the rerun.

Little did I know it would take years before it came on again. In February of this year, I saw most of it on VH1. It took a while before I was able to catch it from the beginning. I was a fool for it for weeks, and would watch it everyday - until I started watching it every two days or so. Then I began fast-forwarding some parts. I haven�t watched it in two weeks - so I 'spect I need to watch it again soon.

I didn�t appreciate all the parts and scenes put forth concerning this group of men and brothers � but overall � I found it interesting and entertaining. And after all � the Classic 5 and HOF 6 � were my all time favorite singing group of All Times. (Like Muhammad Ali � used to say - he was the Greatest of All Times)

Which actor do you feel portrayed his character the best, and for the most part?

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Tuesday, July 01, 2003 - 08:40 pm:

Leon and Christian acted extemely well. I don't normally like Leon's acting.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soul Sister (68.73.167.246) on Tuesday, July 01, 2003 - 09:30 pm:

Leon.

Not the Temps themselves but Terence Trent Darby as Jackie.

Top of pageBottom of page   By dvdmike (68.72.170.242) on Tuesday, July 01, 2003 - 10:23 pm:

Chris Payton is my Chicago homie who hasn't been seen in a few years. He gained a little local notoriety by doing some good roles for the Black Ensemble theater group. The last thing he did was a small role in the sequel to "The Fugitive" with Tommy Lee Jones and Wesley Snipes, I can't recall the title at the moment. You might also remember him as the soda jerk who attempted to poison Laurence Fishburne in "Hoodlum." Whenever I see him, I always kid him by asking him if he wants a banana split. He moved to L.A. a few years back, but I haven't heard anything from him since.

Top of pageBottom of page   By JoB (204.42.12.2) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 03:35 am:

...I'd have to say that I agree w/ the majority...Leon and Christian Payton did great jobs. The rest I thought were OK...Christian did one hell of a job with that scene where he is singing "For Once in my Life" drunk as a skunk at mama Joe's house.

Overall, I thought that the movie was pretty OK, in serving the purpose of introducing a new generation to the Temptations and their music...in terms of actually capturing the essence, lives, and whole story of the Tempts, I did not feel that the film succeeded in doing so. Though I feel all of the actors did a commendable job, I also feel that the casting could have been a little more accurate (in terms of physical looks).
A few years ago I was watching the film with my godmother(who is in her fifties, and remembers attending a few of their concerts from their classic years), and during one of the scenes where they were doing some classic Tempts dance moves, she said, "Yeah, those boys are tryin', but they ain't got nothin' on how the REAL Tempts danced...the real ones, they were a lot smoother, more together, more soulful...".

Also, Otis is the only one whose personal life the film really takes a look at. Just from watching the film alone, one would think that he and Paul were the only two that had families, when in actuality, all five were married at some point I believe. Correct me if I'm wrong, though.
And the slight inaccuracies and mistakes are too many to mention, someone could have done a better job of editing. Someone pointed this out to me on another forum, but did you ever notice on the scene after David upstages the rest of them at the Copacabana, right before where they show him and Flin in the limo, they pass an SUV, looks like a Chevy Blazer or something like that. Now I'll admit I wasn't around in the sixties, but I don't believe they had new looking Blazers then, again correct me if I'm wrong. Also the scene where they arrive back from the motortown revue, and Otis is getting off the bus holding Florence Ballard's hand, look at his hair. Processed, right? Then in the very next shot where he goes to hug his wife Jo, look at it. Natural, right? Excuse me if I seem a little TOO picky, but I think they could have been more careful editing the film.

OK, there's a lot more I want to say, but I think I'll end it here. Overall, I think it was pretty good film.

Top of pageBottom of page   By fayette (152.163.252.68) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 04:50 am:

someody mentioned trent darby doing jackie
wilson. i saw trent singing to be loved.
i have to admit a few chill ran down my
spine. leon i think portrayed david
pretty.didn't like the supremes in that
movie, thinking maybe rhonda should
have portrayed diana.

Top of pageBottom of page   By R&B (138.238.41.118) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 11:15 am:

ALL OF THE ACTORS WERE GREAT,I'M SURE THAT THE HARDEST PART FOR THEM WAS LEARNING THE STEPS,MY PROBLEM WITH THE MOVIE WAS NOT THE ACTING,BUT THE WRITING AND EDITING,BUT MOST OF US HAVE BEEN OVER THAT,SO I'LL LET IT GO FOR NOW.

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 11:17 am:

Leon did a fine job as David Ruffin but Christian Payton should've been nominated for an Emmy Award. His portrayal of Paul Williams was passionate and he brought the character to life more so than the other actors.

Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 11:19 am:

I'm with R&B regarding the "liberties" taken with the writing and story-telling but I won't belabor that point any further.
Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 12:34 pm:

R&B KevGo - Aye!

Top of pageBottom of page   By StingBeeLee (155.139.50.14) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 12:50 pm:

Did Terence Trent D'arby sing "To Be Loved" in this movie or another movie (Was it the Little Richard story)?

Top of pageBottom of page   By Common (209.2.55.169) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 12:56 pm:

R&B & KevGo: What do you expect from someone who produced fictionalized fare such as "Lonesome Dove"? Did we really expect the miniseries to be any different?

Peace!

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 01:10 pm:

StingBeeLee:
Terrence performed "To Be Loved" in a two-part film CBS-TV aired in the fall of 1998 about a fictionalized 1950s/60s rock & roll band whose leader went on to a solo career and his girlfriend became a songwriting mogul.

Terrence was quite good, also.

Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB (205.186.129.183) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 04:22 pm:

JoB - I agree w/your take concerning the editing of this movie. I wonder what the editors thought about their efforts in retrospect? There are tooooooo many mistakes in editing to mention here - and that was unfortunate. Yet - I was able to get past it in a hurry, and especially the first couple of times I watched it. I didn't notice some of the mistakes until after watching it subsequent times in all honesty. And no - it was definitely not a perfect film in many respects.

You mentioned the hair mix-up when Otis got off the bus w/Flo and then directly walked over to Jo - his wife. Not only was that boo boo shown up, as it pertained to two different hair styles w/i seconds of each other - but how about the fact that they even put that scene in the movie, period? How many men would hold hands w/one woman, and then in the next second - look around for his wife? LOL! They could have left that part out of the movie - IMO.

I read where the actors insisted on calling each other by their character's name from the first day of filming, and especially the C5. I would think, they had an interesting time as far as that went. I can also imagine that it took them months to get those characters out of their heads. LOL!

I wouldn't be surprised if the spirits of Paul & David didn't enter Christian and Leon at some point during filming.

Btw - Happy Birthday to my homeboy Paul Williams. I hope he is still enjoying a restful peace. Here's to hoping his family remembers him on this day, with love and joy in their hearts.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 04:42 pm:

I think they tried to put a negative light on Flo during that scene.

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 05:46 pm:

SisDetroit:
You think? What the hell can we expect from an executive producer who got her gig at Motown thanks to Flo's replacement - Cindy Birdsong.
Geez, don't get me started on this.....
Kevin Goins - KevGo
(PS - Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't even recall reading about Otis having an affair with Florence in the Temptations book he wrote...Please someone enlighten me!)

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 05:57 pm:

OK, Calm down KevGo, (LOL)

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 06:02 pm:

The young Temptation fans who were not here, who just heard of the Temptations in 1998, believed everything in that movie. That's what hurts.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB (205.186.129.183) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 06:04 pm:

Some Tempts' news.


http://www.angelfire.com/rnb/t4ew/news.html

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (141.152.249.69) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 06:14 pm:

In my opinion NO ONE did a good job!!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By fayette (205.188.209.109) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 06:16 pm:

kevgo i heard his talk about patti labelle.
in his book and pattie also stated that
she was engaged to otis

Top of pageBottom of page   By fayette (205.188.209.109) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 06:22 pm:

the thing about that movie was that it didn't
show anything about eddie and david's family
life it seem to portray david as a ladies
man.when david and eddie played at a club
here in atlanta in the late 80's david
mentioned his wife from on stage several times.
which made me think he had much respect for
his family life.i just wish the other tempts
were alive to tell their side of the story

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB (205.186.129.183) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 06:29 pm:

Hey y'all - click on the above link and read up on "What's New." Then click on the "Sample" link. And then of course - click on "Fading Away." Eddie's voice sounds so good on that one and of course - many others.

And - "Farewell My Love." I LOVE that song. And Melvin's "I Truly, Truly Believe." I LOVE that song. And of course - dozens of others. Yipeeeeeeeeee! "I'm In Heaven."

Btw - "Don't Send Me Away", by Otis - is one of my all time faves.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB (205.186.129.183) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 06:38 pm:

Check Diana out on "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me." Another fave!"

Ohh btw - from the link above - click on "Website" and then you'll get to the main page, and then click on "What's New."

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 06:47 pm:

Eli - I know what you mean. It was like a comical fiction. They should have had Jim Carry (sp) play the role of Shelly.

The only real fact of the movie was the music. That's a fact. :o) You have to admit Smokie sang his butt off at the gravesite. When I look at the movie, I cannot watch that scene because Smokie sings that song so sad. I don't like to be sad.

Top of pageBottom of page   By RD (63.188.32.205) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 06:53 pm:

The guy who played Eddie was terrible. He was too soft looking to play Eddie Kendricks who had a quiet, steely persona. There was nothing soft about Eddie Kendricks but his falsetto.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB (205.186.129.183) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 07:21 pm:

I loved the way Terron played Eddie. I think he gritted on Otis a couple of times, and held his own. And IMO - nothing was soft about him.

The wonderful thing about life is that there is diversity in many things - and that certainly includes opinions. I have no problem w/folks knocking anything about the movie � and I�m certainly not here to defend it. I wouldn�t intentionally try to get anyone to think like me � and I certainly could never be convinced to think like anyone else. We all rule when forming our own opinions � because our own � is all we got.

I will always feel content w/my take on the movie - and I'm very glad it was made. Do I agree w/all included in it? No. Would I advocate it and tell others that they should watch it because they will love it? No. Would I recommend it even? No. I haven't to this date - and I won't start now.

Let's remember this - in many books, screen plays and movies that have been developed - there was always some that had a different perspective and point of view of them - and this is especially true for the ones that were mentioned in them, and in the medium where they were autobiographical and biographical in nature.

Surely - the folks mentioned in them, have the right to their perspective and take on what was written about them, their loved ones and others they knew. And in this there should never be a question.

It just goes to prove that there will always be two sides or more to one Truth. And ultimately - God is the only one that can truly decipher the Truth. Yet a perception can reach in the millions.

I've already declared and disclaimed that the movie was not perfect - but yet - I am one of the ones that could stomach it. Again - I enjoyed it, and for the most part.


Peace for real.

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 08:38 pm:

SB:
Great point.
Next time you see the movie, I'll bring the Pepto Bismol to help you "stomach" it again! :)
Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB (205.186.129.183) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 09:07 pm:

KevGo - usually I don't need anything to go along w/watching the movie but a beer or glass of wine. Sometimes I also eat a little something - something. I can handle it. So - you keep your Pepto bro - just in case you may need it for whateva.

Let me just say this too, and I don't want to belabor this point - but. I know some would have rather that the movie had not be made - and I respect that - but I am partial to two things.

1. The Temptations are my favorite singing group.
2. There are not enough films featuring a mostly all black cast being made.

The above are based off of MY OPINION ONLY.

True - some of our youth may be led down the wrong path concerning what was accurate - true and correct about certain people - places and things in the Tempts movie - but in this is where - someone that has been around the block a few times should consider stepping in to remind them that they shouldn't eva believe everything they see - hear or read, regardless of what it has to do with. They need to understand if they don't already - that some things are not always what they seem.

I read where Ike Turner tried to discredit a lot of the scenes and depictions that were included in the movie about his and Tina's life together.

The Jacksons' movie also had some disputing this or that fact and/or depiction. We could go on and on.

So suffice it to say - that we all have the RIGHT to like or dislike this or that - and whatever - whenever and wherever.

We all rule - because we got it like that.

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (205.188.209.109) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 09:13 pm:

COULD THIS ALL LEAD TO A "TEMPTATIONS" VS "THE FIVE HEARTBEATS" THREAD!!!...ALTHOUGH I ONLY VIEWED EACH FILM ONCE...MY VOTE WOULD GO TO THE "HEARTBEATS"...BASED ON THE OVERALL QUALITY OF THE FILM!!!...STUBASS

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB (205.186.129.183) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 09:24 pm:

Hey STUBASS - where have you been STU "The Bass Is Back" BASS?

I have no intention of debating quality. Let me emphasize again - that my main thing is - I LOVE THE TEMPTATIONS of old. And although - the TV movie was not SPOT ON in many respects - I still enjoyed it. Nothing more and nothing less.

I didn't appreciate all that was depicted - but I got ova it. God is the Final Judge in all things. And He teaches forgiveness. I can not hold grudges. So - I've mastered how to move on and get on w/it.

And I certainly could neva throw the first stone. For God Forbids.

Btw - have you spoken to Bruce about my video as of yet? LOL! I haven't let you off the hook. "Ya graze?

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (205.188.209.109) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 09:31 pm:

VIDEO...VIDEO!!!...OH YEAH...THE SAMMY DAVIS JR. THING!!!...NOT YET...ALTHOUGH I THOUGH THAT PERHAPS SIS DETROIT COULD RUN YOU A COPY...AND I AGREED TO PAY THE S&H!!!...BUT I'LL TRY TO REMEMBER TO ASK MY BROTHER...ALTHOUGH HE'S DOING 101 THINGS...AS USUAL!!!...STU(HEY SIS...CAN YA HELP US HERE)BASS

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB (205.186.129.183) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 09:33 pm:

It's 9:39 Eastern time - and the "New Year's Eve" scene is on - and Jimmy Ruffin is on the stage. Oh - oh - here comes baby brother David Ruffin.

I'm loving it - and all is s(well). "A Litle Bit Softer Now." And he "Feels allllllright." "He got his woman." "Shout!"

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB (205.186.129.183) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 09:42 pm:

STUBASS - I can wait. I hope your nephew has a blessed wedding day. Please try to remember my request when all settles down. I would appreciate it. But then again - he may not be down w/it, and there again - I'll understand. After all - it is just a request and neva a demand.

And please - this is between you and I. You are the one on the hook. S'all right?

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (205.188.209.109) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 09:56 pm:

SB!!!...WE'LL GET THIS WORKED OUT SOMEHOW!!!...STUBASS

Top of pageBottom of page   By dvdmike (68.72.104.1) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 10:55 pm:

I guess the writer and producer wanted a Hollywood type story. For one, Melvin was never in a wheelchair and he died in the hospital, not at his mother's house. Smokey Robinson did not sing at Melvin's funeral. David was not thrown out of a car to his demise. They skipped the Atlantic Records portion, but I guess there wasn't much to talk about as it was very unevenful anyway.

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (205.188.209.109) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 11:03 pm:

DVDMIKE!!!...I ALSO DON'T BELIEVE THAT MELVIN...HIS INSIDES BASICALLY ROTTING AWAY...SUDDENLY GOT THIS HUGE APPETITE WHEN HE SMELLED HIS MOTHERS COOKING!!!...JUST A LOT OF "LITERARY LICENSE" WITH THAT FILM!!!...STU(SORRY FOR BEING SO GRAPHIC)BASS

Top of pageBottom of page   By JoB (204.42.12.2) on Thursday, July 03, 2003 - 03:04 am:

DVDMike...If I recall correctly, they didn't skip the Atlantic records era totally, there was some mention of it going something like"...and our records on Atlantic were NOT happenin'...they sent us to their 'black' division...", something like that. But then again I think that may have only been on the full version, the 4 hour version of the movie. The 2 hour version is the one being sold on tape and played on television, and in that case there are a LOT of parts that were edited from the original, 4 hour version, to create the shortened version that most of us see (who missed the first airing of it in '98, when they showed the full unedited version).

Top of pageBottom of page   By Millie (68.40.209.129) on Thursday, July 03, 2003 - 10:53 am:

It looks like I'm in the minority, but I LOVED the Tempts movie...so much so, that I've watched it at least a half-dozen times. When I purchased the SITSOM dvd, I got a dvd of the Tempts move for free. hm....?? I thought Leon was phenominal as David Ruffin, but have to agree with everyone else that Christian Peyton as Paul was absolutely amazing. I also think Rhonda should have played Diana too. Now, as far as LONESOME DOVE is concerned, I have to disagree with Common...it's one of Dennis Coffey's favorite movies, and after watching it with him, I must say that I really enjoyed it.

Hi Kevgo...thought you were coming back to Detroit. If you do, let me know when and Dennis and I would love to join you for dinner at the Clawson!!!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Millie (68.40.209.129) on Thursday, July 03, 2003 - 10:53 am:

It looks like I'm in the minority, but I LOVED the Tempts movie...so much so, that I've watched it at least a half-dozen times. When I purchased the SITSOM dvd, I got a dvd of the Tempts move for free. hm....?? I thought Leon was phenominal as David Ruffin, but have to agree with everyone else that Christian Peyton as Paul was absolutely amazing. I also think Rhonda should have played Diana too. Now, as far as LONESOME DOVE is concerned, I have to disagree with Common...it's one of Dennis Coffey's favorite movies, and after watching it with him, I must say that I really enjoyed it.

Hi Kevgo...thought you were coming back to Detroit. If you do, let me know when and Dennis and I would love to join you for dinner at the Clawson!!!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Handsome (170.118.157.134) on Thursday, July 03, 2003 - 11:00 am:

I would have to say my boy Chris Payton (potrayal of Paul Willimas). He & I went to the same high school in Chicago, and we used to act & sing in the Drama club & also participated in the choirs. The last time I saw Chris was last year, at a club on the northwest side. I knew he was gonna go far, just from high school.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Common (209.2.55.169) on Thursday, July 03, 2003 - 11:03 am:

Millie: I didn't say anything was wrong with Lonesome Dove, only that it was fiction. It was a joke.

Top of pageBottom of page   By StingBeeLee (155.139.68.10) on Thursday, July 03, 2003 - 02:40 pm:

KevGo;
Do you remember the name of the movie that Terence Trent D'Arby did "To be loved"? I kindof remember watching the miniseries, but can't remember the title.

Top of pageBottom of page   By R&B (138.238.41.118) on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 01:27 pm:

HEY KEV,OTIS DID MENTION HIS FLING WITH FLO IN THE BOOK.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Kegtapper (67.74.232.164) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 10:15 am:

Millie: You're not alone. I got the DVD version as soon as I saw it. I watch it for its entertainment value, not for its historical statement. The actors each did a fine job or their part, almost enough to make me feel they were doing their best. Critics :D -anyway, the DVD is worth getting if you are a devoted FAN. I have such movies as:

Motown Mustang (a mistake) but nevertheless its on the shelf.
Last Dragon: more pain...

However I think the The Tempts, at least rates between Bingo Long, and Lady Sings The Blues for 'Motown' movies.

IF you only get it for you childrens sake, perhaps they can get the essence of what was attempted to be portrayed. Rekindling the R&B Era.

RAP is what you get when R&B is not played in the home.

SB- shame you have to use Angelfire (47 pop-ups so far) no room on the task bar- did this go through? Just kidding.

Kegtapper

Top of pageBottom of page   By janebse (68.63.4.162) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 11:17 am:

Movies are a different medium. As such it was an excellent movie. There are always errors. Books always have mistakes. The Mona Lisa has problems.

You've mentioned the movie as doing a great job of introducing young people to R & B. And that is certainly true. Millions of young people have come to realize how great the early Motown music was. (Present R & B lacks something.) Just as Amadeus introduced many to Mozart's music. Was there any accuracy in the movie AMADEUS? I think you have to take the focal point and ignore some of the details. The portrayal of Mozart as being silly is open to question, but the real point that was made is that in the midst of acting silly, Mozart's music came first. TO Mozart music was all important And that I think is the focal point. In essence the music of Mozart tells its own story, and it's great. As to whether any of the details were accurate, who knows, but it really doesn't matter because the music overwhelms everything.

The music of the Temptations movie also reminds millions of Americans how great the Tempts and the music were and are and how and why they became legendary.

There's another problem here. Many of you actually knew the Temptations as people and you have your own view of each Tempt. And I want to emphasize "own" view. Because each individual probably has a different view. If the movie did not portray someone the way you see that person, then you're likely to think it's wrong. But many of the people at Motown also knew them and they had input too. So, whose view is the right one?

As for the actors, I think they did a tremendous job. Terron, as Eddie, captured the appeal to women that Eddie had. He also captured the moody temperament of sweet Eddie. Christian and Leon did a tremendous job which has already been mentioned. Charles captured Otis' determination and drive, and DB the warm personality of Melvin. Besides DB is good-looking. And they all got the dancing down pat. Terron told me that he and Christian did their own singing. DB was in the choir at school so he may have done some of the "Boom, Booms."

Interestingly, Otis himself thought Leon deserved a Emmy for capturing David's personality so well.

Mistakes always get in movies. Always. There are typographical errors in every book and in every message I post. I cannot understand why people think identifying mistakes in a book or movie is more important than the message of the medium.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 03:20 pm:

Well, intersting, since Otis is the only living legendary Temptation, he has made sure we know what he thinks, and how he wants us to think. But that doesn't make it alright when you will something as "The True Story."

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 03:22 pm:

When you bill a movie as "The True Story." There were no mistakes in the movie, there were just untruths. To put it more bluntly, blatent lies.

Top of pageBottom of page   By drums (155.91.6.71) on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 02:49 pm:

Hi all,

Can someone clarify a part of the movie for me. In the movie Melvin Franklin died in his mothers kitchen in Detroit. But his obit says that he died in LA. Which one is the correct story?


Daren

Top of pageBottom of page   By SoniT (209.193.174.164) on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 03:06 pm:

Daren -- I don't think Melvin really died in his mother's kitchen. I think that part of the movie was fiction.

I think Leon and the guy who played Paul Williams gave the best performances. The other guys didn't do too much for me.

I know that this movie is not 100% accurate. I mean it's only told from Otis' point of view and the other "Classic" Tempts aren't here to tell their side of the story. I take the movie for exactly what it was -- a movie. I watched it for entertainment purposes and didn't take it too seriously.

Top of pageBottom of page   By tracy (217.42.52.228) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 05:15 pm:

the temptations dvd has given me hours of enjoyment and some tears as iam apaul williams fan to watch cristain as paul iwas reduced to tears at the strong preformance in which he played his part t

Top of pageBottom of page   By teezgrl (205.188.209.109) on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 08:42 pm:

oh pleez get a life and stop talking about this friggin movie!!it was a movie people!!only one of the c5 is still here to tell the story so what do you expect? do you think otis was everywhere to be able to say what everybody was doing at any given moment?oh, i know, otis was hiding in the closet when eddie visited david that's how he knew their topic of conversation! duh!

Top of pageBottom of page   By chrispy (205.188.209.109) on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 08:44 pm:

TEMPTATIONS!.........FOREVER!


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