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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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1992  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs ...  Joseph Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Angela Bassett ...  Katherine Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Holly Robinson Peete ...  Diana Ross 2 episodes, 1992
Margaret Avery ...  Martha Scruse 2 episodes, 1992
Alex Burrall Alex Burrall ...  Michael Jackson (aged 6-8) 2 episodes, 1992
Jermaine Jackson II Jermaine Jackson II ...  Jermaine Jackson (aged 13-17) 2 episodes, 1992
Bumper Robinson ...  Jackie Jackson - age 12-16 2 episodes, 1992
Kelli Martin Kelli Martin ...  La Toya Jackson - Age 8-10 2 episodes, 1992
Floyd Roger Myers Jr. ...  Marlon Jackson - age 7-9 2 episodes, 1992
Monica Calhoun ...  Rebbie Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Jason Weaver ...  Michael Jackson (aged 9-14) 2 episodes, 1992
Ángel Vargas Ángel Vargas ...  Tito Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Terrence Howard ...  Jackie Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Lanei Chapman 2 episodes, 1992
Elizabeth Narvaez ...  Dee Dee 2 episodes, 1992
Billy Dee Williams ...  Berry Gordy 2 episodes, 1992
Vanessa Williams ...  Suzanne de Passe 2 episodes, 1992
Monica Allison ...  Hazel Gordy 2 episodes, 1992
Danielle Nicolet ...  Verla 2 episodes, 1992
Finis Henderson III Finis Henderson III ...  Apollo Theatre MC 2 episodes, 1992
Grady Harrell Grady Harrell ...  Jackie Wilson 2 episodes, 1992
Jimmy Castor Jimmy Castor ...  Royal 2 episodes, 1992
Eugene Lee ...  Bill Bray 2 episodes, 1992
Bobby Mardis Bobby Mardis ...  Chicago Theatre MC 2 episodes, 1992
Narcissa Marte Narcissa Marte ...  High School Girl 2 episodes, 1992
Charles E. Timbers Jr. Charles E. Timbers Jr. ...  Dr. Hayes 2 episodes, 1992
Shakiem Evans Shakiem Evans ...  Tito Jackson - Age 10-14 2 episodes, 1992
Ebonie Smith ...  La Toya Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Maya Nicole Johnson Maya Nicole Johnson ...  Janet 2 episodes, 1992
Jacen Wilkerson Jacen Wilkerson ...  Marlon Jackson - Age 10-12 2 episodes, 1992
Nicholas Phillips ...  Randy Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Wylie Draper Wylie Draper ...  Michael Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Colin Steele Colin Steele ...  Jermaine Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Marcus Maurice Marcus Maurice ...  Marlon Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Robert Redcross Robert Redcross ...  Randy Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Randy Kirby Randy Kirby ...  Reporter 2 episodes, 1992
Terry Coleman Terry Coleman ...  Tito's Friend 2 episodes, 1992
Erin Wiley Sands ...  Groupie 1 2 episodes, 1992
Rana Kirkland ...  Groupie 2 2 episodes, 1992
Melanie Taylor Melanie Taylor ...  Airport Fan 1 2 episodes, 1992
Emily Williams 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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Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jackson Five See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The mini-series aired frequently in the wake of Michael Jackson's death in 2009. See more »

Goofs

When Joe and the Jacksons get robbed after the show, Jermain is shown beside Joe in one shot and then back by the steps in the next shots. See more »

Quotes

Jackie: Hey, Jermaine, why don't you help out the brothers? Talk to Berry. He is your father-in-law.
Jermaine: Look, father-in-law is one thing, group is another. Anyway. we got a winning combination. A seven-year run of hits.
Marlon: Got no more hits.
Jermaine: We'll get it back, man. I'm not running to my father-in-law every time someone's got a complaint. You wanna talk to him, talk to him.
Jackie: I wanna talk to him, but he ain't gonna wanna listen.
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Connections

Referenced in Plump Fiction (1997) See more »

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I love this movie
11 April 2002 | by tghawkjrSee all my reviews

I like all biographies, and I really love the Jacksons, I thought Wylie Draper (the guy that played the older Michael Jackson) looked a little like the real one, I'm sorry that we lost him, he was a good actor. Jason Weaver's acting gave Wylie something to work with, and he succeeded in Alex Burrell's (Michael Jackson from age 6-9) version of Michael. I didn't know at first that Jermaine's son was playing him, he looks exactly like his dad, but I think the guy who came after Jermaine Jr. really ruined it as far as portraying Jermaine is concerned, but his "overacting" worked in some scenes like with Hazel Gordy at the airport and talking with her in the hotel room and also talking with his dad.

I like the music, that's my favorite part, I'm gonna buy this movie, it's worth it.


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