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Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017)

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A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man.

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Samuel D. Pollard

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Laurence Maslon
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Credited cast:
Harry Belafonte ... Himself (archive footage)
Tony Bennett ... Himself (archive footage)
Humphrey Bogart ... Himself (archive footage)
Burt Boyar Burt Boyar ... Himself
Todd Boyd Todd Boyd ... Himself
Leslie Bricusse Leslie Bricusse ... Himself
May Britt ... Herself (archive footage)
Robert J. Brown Robert J. Brown ... Himself
Eddie Cantor ... Himself (archive footage)
Diahann Carroll ... Herself (archive footage)
Billy Crystal ... Himself
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)
Angie Dickinson ... Herself (archive footage)
Michael Dinwiddie Michael Dinwiddie ... Himself
Gerald Early ... Himself
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A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man.

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14 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Die vielen Leben des Sammy Davis Jr. See more »

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American Masters,Arte See more »
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Excellence....which is what I've come to expect from "American Masters"
29 October 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"I've Gotta Be Me" is an installment of "American Masters"...a consistently good PBS series about a wide variety of folks in the arts. However, I saw this one in a very usual place...at the Philadelphia Film Festival!

The show is about the life of Sammy Davis, Jr. and because it's on "American Experience" they try to generate a bit of controversy at the outset of the program. In this case, Davis supported Richard Nixon...which actually made sense when you later learn how abysmally JFK treated Davis...uninviting him to the inaugural party even though Davis was a huge supporter of the President. That aside, the rest of the show chronicles his life from about age 5...with a strong emphasis on his career achievements as opposed to his personal life. This is the style of "American Experience" episodes...and if you want a more personal look at the man you might have to look elsewhere. Overall, well worth seeing and a show that will give you an appreciation of the man's many talents.


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