The cast of the 1998 televised motion picture "The Temptations" included Charles Malik Whitfield as Otis Williams, D.B. Woodside as Melvin Franklin, and Terron Brooks as Eddie Kendricks. Additional cast members included Christian Payton as Paul Williams, Obba Babatunde as Berry Gordy, Erik Michael Tristan as Smokey Robinson, and Jenifer Lewis as Mama Rose.
The movie follows the story of the 1960s Motown group The Temptations, from the perspective of Otis Williams, the last surviving original member. The film covers the five-man group's rise to fame in the 1960s and continues into the 1990s, covering the deaths of Williams' fellow group members.
Other cast members included Leon as David Ruffin, Gina Ravera as Josephine, and Vanessa Bell Calloway as Johnnie Mae Matthews. Cast members Whitfield and Leon received 1999 Image Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series, while Calloway got an 1999 Image Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series. The movie itself won the 1999 Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie or Mini-Series. The movie also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.
The movie, directed by Allan Arkush, was produced by De Passe Entertainment and Hallmark Entertainment, and premiered on Nov. 1, 1998.