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A Man Called Adam (1966)



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A star-studded cast invigorates this film of a jazz trumpeter (Sammy Davis Jr.) who experiences both the prejudices of the music industry and terrible guilt following the traffic accident that killed his family, a tragedy he feels personally responsible for. Co-stars include several giants of jazz and popular music: Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ossie Davis, and Mel Tormé, as well as Peter Lawford and Cicely Tyson.

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Critic Reviews for A Man Called Adam

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The screen all but bursts with [Davis'] intense talent. It is an awesome experience merely to witness him hold a pause.

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Davis skillfully agonizes over his role, bringing it possibly to its maximum potential, which unfortunately isn't much.

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A production with the look of being hastily stitched together, while nurturing loftier ambitions.

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The result is a thematic monotone which may be the fault of scripters Les Pine and Tina Rome, but Davis plays its limited range with skill and when he raises his trumpet (even though Cannonball Adderly has dubbed the horn), the movie hits some high notes.

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Character development is superficial. John Knight directs from a script that has no novelty or suspense.

August 10, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The picture fails, although it tries hard and, in some ways, admirably.

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