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Inside the Osmonds (2001)





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The second of two made-for-TV biopics on the same topic (the first was Side by Side: The True Story of the Osmond Family), Inside the Osmonds was co-produced by Jimmy Osmond and Dick Clark, and as such can be regarded as reasonably accurate, if a tad on the hokey side. Matt Dorff's teleplay recounts the rise in popularity of the singing Osmond clan, from their humble beginnings in Utah onward. The act is strictly stag -- that is, it consisted largely of the Osmond Brothers -- until siblings Donny and Marie break out and matriculate to superstardom. Perhaps inevitably, the Osmond juggernaut begins to collapse under its own weight, due to dissension, jealousy, and the questionable financial escapade of the singers' father, George (played by Bruce McGill). The story ends in a tune-filled concert re-creation, featuring the real-life Osmonds (or as many as could be assembled herein). Standouts in the cast are Thomas Dekker and Patrick Levis as the younger and older Donny Osmond, Janaya Stephens as Marie, and Veronica Cartwright as the siblings' mother, Olive; there are also adequate Hollywood casting-service approximations of musician/politician Mike Curb and the Osmonds' longtime TV director Jack Regas. The abruptness of the continuity suggests that the film was originally much longer than its present two hours. Largely filmed in Toronto, Inside the Osmonds made its ABC network debut on February 5, 2001.


Pat Kirkpatrick
as Merrill Osmond
Thomas Dekker
as Young Donny
Taylin Wilson
as Young Marie
Trevor Blumas
as Older Jimmy
Taylor Abrahamse
as Young Jimmy
Colin Ferguson
as Mike Curb
Adrian Hough
as Rick Hall
Barclay Hope
as Jack Regas
Robert Paterson
as British Psychologist
Mariam Bernstein
as Network Executive
Wayne Nicklas
as Family Attorney
Chad Bruce
as FBI Agent
Darcy Fehr
as Engineer #1
Alan Osmond
as Himself
Donny Osmond
as Himself
Jay Osmond
as Himself
Jimmy Osmond
as Himself
Marie Osmond
as Herself
Olive Osmond
as Himself
Tom Osmond
as Himself
Virl Osmond
as Himself
Wayne Osmond
as Himself
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It doesn't deliver much in the drama department, which may mean a dwindling audience over the course of two hours until only the puppy lovers of yore are tuned in.

February 23, 2012 | Full Review…
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