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Title: The Jacksons - An American Dream  

Year Of Release: 1992

Review Date: October 31, 2009

Rating: PG

Running time: 240 minutes

Box Office Gross: N/A

Site Rating: 5 out of 10 stars

The Jacksons: An American Dream is a bittersweet miniseries about the rise of the famous musical family from Gary, Indiana. Their dream became a nightmare, with various scandals and ultimately, the untimely death of the family's most well-known member, Michael Jackson, who died of a suspicious drug overdose, at the age of 49. This film, told in an engaging manner, captures some of the highs and lows of the family.

Some credit patriarch, Joe Jackson, with their success, while others label him a cruel disciplinarian. Recently, the Rev. Al Sharpton, gave Joe Jackson an award for father of the year and I laughed so hard my side started hurting, because the phrase regarding someone "spinning in their grave" came to mind" remembering how Michael spoke of his dad, Joe.

 

Michael Jackson, always referred to Joe as abusive, which the miniseries shows in some part. One sees an angry man, working long hours in a factory to support a large family that he desires to give a better life. He views music as the outlet to achieve said goal, but when they do arrive, the family is torn apart by infighting, adultery, fame and money issues.

With the current release of his swan song "This Is It" one once again wonders if Michael Jackson would have been happier had he lived life as an anonymous citizen, rather than a famous celebrity. He never truly seemed happy in life. Now, tragedy shrouds his premature death.


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