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A Man Called Adam (1966)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 7 December 1967 (Hungary)
A famous jazz trumpeter finds himself unable to cope with the problems of everyday life.

Director:

Leo Penn

Writers:

Lester Pine, Tina Pine (as Tina Rome)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Adam Johnson
Louis Armstrong ... Willie Ferguson
Ossie Davis ... Nelson Davis
Cicely Tyson ... Claudia Ferguson
Frank Sinatra Jr. ... Vincent
Mel Tormé ... Guest Singer at Party
Peter Lawford ... Manny
Johnny Brown ... Blind Les
George Rhodes George Rhodes ... Leroy
Michael Silva Michael Silva ... George
Kai Winding Kai Winding ... Trombonist
Ja'net DuBois ... Martha (as Jeanette DuBois)
Michael Lipton Michael Lipton ... Bobby Gales
Lola Falana ... Theo
Kenneth Tobey ... Club Owner
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Storyline

A famous jazz trumpeter finds himself unable to cope with the problems of everyday life.

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Taglines:

In Adam's Swinging World You Had to Be Tough Just to Survive! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1967 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

La pelle brucia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Trace-Mark Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

George Rhodes, who plays Adam's Bassist in the film, was actually Sammy Davis Jr.'s musical conductor/arranger for most of his career. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Gales: Musicians. You're children. All children.
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Connections

Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: 20 Fan Programmers (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want To Be Wanted
Music and Lyrics by Pino Spotti, Kim Gannon and Alberto Testa
Sung by Sammy Davis Jr. and his trumpet playing ghosted by Nathaniel Adderly
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Sammy Davis Jr.'s A Man Called Adam was a fine dramatic showcase for him
3 March 2014 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched this on Netflix disc with my mom. We both enjoyed this obscure film from 1966 about a jazz musician who suffers ups and downs because of a past he can't escape. Sammy Davis Jr. is Adam Johnson, a trumpeter with a short temper and a messed up social life. Ossie Davis is his club owner friend Nelson, Frank Sinatra Jr. is his Caucasion protégé Vincent, Cicely Tyson is his activist lover Claudia, Louis Armstrong is her grandfather who's also a jazz musician named Willie, and Peter Lawford is his agent Manny. All are very compelling in their roles which takes on many issues with racism and why Adam feels the way he does. Also interesting seeing such up-and-coming stars like Ja'net Du Bois, Johnny Brown (both eventually of "Good Times"), and Lola Falana in some roles. Oh, and the director is Leo Penn, father of Sean Penn. So on that note, I highly recommend A Man Called Adam. Oh, and I also loved Mel Torme doing his thing in one number.


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