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About the Movie
Golden Globe® nominee Sammy Davis Jr. headlines a star-studded cast including Louis Armstrong, Emmy® winner Ossie Davis, Academy Award® nominee Cicely Tyson, Mel Torme and Frank Sinatra Jr. in this powerful drama about a jazz musician who "has it all” – love, friendship and fame – but whose tormented past threatens to destroy him and his career.
Excellent look into the world of self centeredness and great jazz
Always loved this flick. It is depressing in many ways, but there is also something redeeming about it. Sammy dies in the end but not before redemption I think. He is a tortured soul. A victim of misunderstanding himself and a world centered on himself. The man needed to spend some time working with Mother Theresa in Calcutta andf find out the whole world doesn't revolve around you.
As a professional musician myself I certainly relate to all the "nutsness" that is represented here in so many artists... alot of it is true to life. There is a paradox that artists must find which balances the fact that your art is everything and your art is nothing. Adam begins to find that path but it is hard to avoid self destruction. Without understanding who you are and who you aren't, so many go off the deep end, like Adam in the movie. I love the fact that real musicians were often used in the acting parts, and even though several are less than stellar as actors, it does add a sense of realism, because they know this reality in real life. Louie Armstrong and Mel Torme are great however.
And the jazz playing is 1st rate. Clifford Brown I understand did the fantastic trumpet work and Sammy does a great job of looking very natural in his mime on the horn. Frank Sinatra Jr. is young and not inspiring in the part and yet it works. Several of the songs are tunes I'd love to find in their entirety and play them on gigs, such as "I Want To Be Wanted" and "All That Jazz".
You are not going to come away from this flick singing happy tunes, but if you know the music business at all, you will relate and like the flick very much.. Like Kirk Douglas in "Young Man With a Horn", Sammy Davis in "A MAn Called Adam" is worth the watch. Like me you may find yourself coming back to view this one many times. ENJOY Carl Granieri