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Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

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About The Film

A toe-tapping, star-studded homage to the immensely gifted black Jewish entertainer, Sammy Davis Jr., affectionately called "Mr. Show Business."  This documentary by Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning director Sam Pollard, delves deeply into the personal life and career of the legendary talent, spotlighting his time with the Rat Pack, as he navigated the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress in 20th century America. Black, Jewish, and Puerto Rican, the one-eyed Davis stood a mere 5'6" and weighted only 120 pounds. Still, his 60-year career left a massive mark on the industry. Hopscotching archival footage spanning almost 60 years—from his debut at the age of seven to his final performances—I’VE GOTTA BE ME reminds us that Davis was a dynamic trailblazer in every sense of the word.


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Film Details:

Director: Sam Pollard
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 100m
Year: 2017
Genre: Documentary


  • Biography
  • Rat Pack
  • Jewish Entertainers
  • Hollywood
  • African-American
  • Family Friendly

Rating/Warning: PG (language)

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