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

Director: Samuel D. Pollard

Writer(s): Laurence Maslon

Starring: Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett, Humphrey Bogart, Burt Boyar, Todd Boyd, Leslie Bricusse, May Britt, Robert J. Brown, Eddie Cantor, Diahann Carroll, Billy Crystal, Angie Dickinson, Michael Dinwiddie, Gerald Early, Will Friedwald, Whoopi Goldberg, Arsenio Hall, Michael Jackson, Margo Jefferson, Quincy Jones, John F. Kennedy, Jason King, Larry King, Martin Luther King, Buz Kohan, Peter Lawford, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine, Dean Martin, Eddie Murphy, Richard Nixon, Kim Novak, Carroll O’Connor, Sidney Poitier, Emilie Raymond, Max Rudin, Donald Rumsfeld, Isabel Sanford, George Schlatter, Arthur Silber Jr., Michele Simms-Burton, Frank Sinatra, Jean Stapleton, David Steinberg, Charles Strouse, Ethel Waters, Paula Wayne

Synopsis: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. READ REVIEW

Release Date: September 10, 2017 (Canada) | Length: 100 min | Genre: Biography, Music | MPAA Rating: NR

Note: Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2017. Part of the PBS American Masters series. There are other voices that can be heard in the trailer not on any cast list I’ve found. I’ll look for a fuller list after the film premieres.


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