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Sammy Davis Jr: I’ve Gotta Be Me

  • Directed by Sam Pollard
  • United States, 2017, 104 mins.

Singer, dancer, and actor; “Rat Pack” legend; civil rights activist; Jewish convert; and Nixon supporter—the life of Sammy Davis, Jr. defies expectations and easy categorization. Charting his surprising journey across the major flashpoints of contemporary American history, Pollard pulls together an array of electric performances for this captivating exploration of the man, his talents, and the struggle for identity. “Pollard scores insightful interviews with Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, and others who knew Davis, and offers a stunning array of archival performances for newcomers to discover. If you’ve never beheld Davis in action, prepare to gasp in awe and delight.”—Toronto Film Festival.

Genres: Documentary

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