In the 1998 TV movie “The Temptations,” Otis Williams was played by Charles Malik Whitfield, Melvin Franklin was played by D.B. Woodside, and Eddie Kendricks was played by Terron Brooks. Christian Payton played Paul Williams, Obba Babatunde played Berry Gordy, Erik Michael Tristan played Smokey Robinson, and Jenifer Lewis played Mama Rose.
The movie tells the story of the Motown group The Temptations in the 1960s from the point of view of Otis Williams, the only original member who is still alive. The movie starts with the group’s rise to fame in the 1960s and goes through the deaths of Williams’s bandmates in the 1990s.
Leon played the role of David Ruffin, Gina Ravera played the role of Josephine, and Vanessa Bell Calloway played the role of Johnnie Mae Matthews. Whitfield and Leon were nominated for the 1999 Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series. Calloway was nominated for the 1999 Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series. The movie itself won the Outstanding Television Movie or Miniseries Image Award in 1999. The movie was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie.
The movie, which came out on November 1, 1998, was directed by Allan Arkush and made by De Passe Entertainment and Hallmark Entertainment.