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The Jacksons: An American Dream

Genre: TV Movie, Music, Drama, Biopic; Lead Performer: Angela Bassett, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs; Performers: Terrence Howard, Holly Robinson-Peete, Billy Dee Williams, Vanessa Williams; Director: Karen Arthur; Author: Joyce Eliason; Run Dates: 11/15/1992-11/18/1992; Broadcaster: ABC; MPAA Rating: Unrated

All about the singing Jacksons — and the prices they paid for fame — this show-biz saga serves up its share of genre clichés. What gives The Jacksons: An American Dream an edge is its balanced depiction of the bad times at home. A sugarcoated happy ending only slightly fudges this dysfunctional-family portrait. B-

Originally posted February 26 1993 — 12:00 AM EST

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