The Jacksons: An American Dream was a five-hour American miniseries broadcast in two halves on ABC and originally broadcast on November 15 through November 18, 1992.
Here are 12 facts about the mini-series you should know:
- Michael Jackson wanted a pretty actress to play his mother. He specifically requested Angela Bassett.
- Terrence Howard makes film debut
- Jermaine Jackson’s real life son plays him from ages 13-17.
- The film is mostly based on the autobiography written by Katherine Jackson, who issued the 1990 autobiography, My Family.
- In the beginning of the film, Joseph Jackson and Katherine Scruse are depicted meeting in Chicago in 1945, when in reality they met in 1947.
- In one scene, The Jackson 5 sing “Since I Lost My Baby”, and Michael sings the lead vocals. In real life, the Jackson 5 version of the song was recorded during the recording sessions for Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5, and the lead vocals were sung by Jermaine Jackson.
- In the scene where the Jackson 5 are singing the national anthem, the outfield of Dodger Stadium is clearly visible. In reality, they performed it in Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium during the 1970 World Series. In addition, the Cincinnati Reds lineup shown in the movie features a player with similarities to Joe Morgan. In reality, he did not join the Reds for another two years.
- The song “Dancing Machine” was actually recorded in 1974, not 1976, when the Jackson Five were in the studio before deciding to move on.
- Jermaine Jackson got divorced from Hazel Gordy in 1984.
- In another scene, Michael is recording “Human Nature” for his album, Thriller in 1983. In real life, the album was released in 1982.
- In the Motown audition scene, They sing James Brown’s “I Got the Feelin'”. The entire group sings “baby, baby, baby”, while in reality it was only Michael singing that part.In the Motown audition scene, Berry Gordy was not actually in attendance. Instead the audition was videotaped and shown to Gordy at a later time.
- During the Motown 25 performance of “Billie Jean”, Michael is wearing his sequined glove on his right hand. In real life, during the actual performance, it was on his left hand.
Watch 15 minutes of the miniseries below: