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Complete series cast summary:
 Joseph Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
 Katherine Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
 Diana Ross (2 episodes, 1992)
 Martha Scruse (2 episodes, 1992)
Alex Burrall ...
 Michael Jackson (aged 6-8) (2 episodes, 1992)
Jermaine Jackson II ...
 Jermaine Jackson (aged 13-17) (2 episodes, 1992)
 Jackie Jackson - age 12-16 (2 episodes, 1992)
Kelli Martin ...
 La Toya Jackson - Age 8-10 (2 episodes, 1992)
 Marlon Jackson - age 7-9 (2 episodes, 1992)
 Rebbie Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
 Michael Jackson (aged 9-14) (2 episodes, 1992)
Ángel Vargas ...
 Tito Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
 Jackie Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
(2 episodes, 1992)
 Dee Dee (2 episodes, 1992)
 Berry Gordy (2 episodes, 1992)
 Suzanne de Passe (2 episodes, 1992)
 Hazel Gordy (2 episodes, 1992)
 Verla (2 episodes, 1992)
Finis Henderson III ...
 Apollo Theatre MC (2 episodes, 1992)
Grady Harrell ...
 Jackie Wilson (2 episodes, 1992)
Jimmy Castor ...
 Royal (2 episodes, 1992)
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)
 La Toya Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
Maya Nicole Johnson ...
 Janet (2 episodes, 1992)
Jacen Wilkerson ...
 Marlon Jackson - Age 10-12 (2 episodes, 1992)
Nicholas Phillips ...
 Randy Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
Wylie Draper ...
 Michael Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
Colin Steele ...
 Jermaine Jackson (2 episodes, 1992)
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)
 Groupie 1 (2 episodes, 1992)
 Groupie 2 (2 episodes, 1992)
Melanie Taylor ...
 Airport Fan 1 (2 episodes, 1992)
Emily Williams ...
 Airport Fan 2 (2 episodes, 1992)


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Jackson Five  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Jackson wanted a pretty actress to play his mother. He specifically requested Angela Bassett. See more »


Before the brothers go on there first tour with Motown in 1970 they are shown in the recording studio listening to playback of "Rockin' Robin" Which wasn't recorded until 1972 on Michael's first solo album. See more »


Michael Jackson: Berry once told me a song has to tell a story. I've got a million stories in my head. I can't sleep just thinking about them, and I want to sing them. I'm filled up with music. I just want it to come out.
Katherine Jackson: And it will, because there's no stopping it.
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Referenced in Plump Fiction (1997) See more »

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A few mistakes, but nonetheless overrated
6 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

I don't understand why this movie is so heavily slaughtered with criticism. This is way better than most made-for-TV garbage currently being aired on TV. The cast adds magic to this movie with their outstanding acting abilities, especially Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Angela Bassett, Vanessa L. Williams, and Billy Dee Williams. And the three actors playing Michael Jackson were absolutely magnificent, especially Wylie Draper, with his performance of "Billie Jean". They all made me believe they really were Michael Jackson, especially since they sounded like them when they spoke! I'm surprised this movie wasn't released to theaters.

Now, here's what went wrong:

1. A few things were inaccurate. First of all, "Kansas City" was not the Jackson Five's first single. And second, "ABC" was released and recorded before "I'll Be There".

2. Call me a nitpicker, but I guess the casting directors don't care much for continuity problems. The only actors that even looked alike were the three actors that played Michael. The casting directors' picks for Tito Jackson are forgivable, because while they don't look alike, they both look like Tito to a certain extent. Marlon Jackson's bone structure and skin color seemed to change considerably as he got older, but that's not even the half of it- in real life, he's practically identical to his brother Michael, but such was not the case in the film. The biggest problem is the casting directors' picks for Jackie and Jermaine Jackson. Good move picking Jermaine Jackson, Jr. to assume the role of his father. And the guy who played Jackie as a teenager really captured the essence of Jackie- shy, sensitive, sweet. Not to mention he looked a lot like Jackie. However, the actors who played Jackie and Jermaine, although both are extremely handsome men (I was disappointed I couldn't find photos or anything of Colin Steele on, were just horrible. Again, it's the same problem- their skin color and bone structure seem to change. And since when does Jackie have green eyes? Not looking like the person you are supposed to portray is one thing, but portraying them the wrong way is quite another. I was disappointed in the way Terrence Howard portrayed Jackie- a smart-mouthed, girl-crazed jackass. In real life, Jackie is none of those things. Maybe he was a little girl-crazy, but not to the point where he acts like a womanizer.

3. I think they should have involved Janet Jackson in the film a little more. Not that they should have had lead roles, but a scene involving her or something would have been okay, like when she's on television, or when she about to kick off her own music career. I was disappointed only to see Janet as a young child, a nobody in the shadows of her brothers. They definitely should have filmed a scene in which she was a little older.

Overall, though, the entire cast was spectacular, and the film was great. It tells the story behind the Jackson family, captures the true talent of Michael and the J5, and, of course, is a great opportunity for the ladies to have a look at some eye candy.


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