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See Michael Jackson, one of the most recognizable and popular entertainers of all time, like never before in the feature-length tribute Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon.

Starring:
David Gest, Katherine Jackson
Runtime:
2 hours 36 minutes

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Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Andrew Eastel
Starring David Gest, Katherine Jackson
Supporting actors Tito Jackson, Rebbie Jackson
Studio NBCU
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

As alot of people will say.
Scottyh
This film did a great JUSTICE in humanizing a man who knew the weight and significance of MYSTERY (hence keeping most of his life private).
Matt Z.
I fell asleep a couple of times while watching this.
Shychar

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Peter_randall on November 7, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
How can a review of the 'greatest entertainer ever', a quote we hear endlessly on the 'documentary', contain virtually no footage of him performing live, no footage of his music videos, practically no interview footage with Michael. I don't think there was any footage of him performing after and including off the wall!? (his first solo album!) They talk about the legendary Motown 25th anniversary performance, and yet we have to put up with seeing still pictures from the performance. One of the only times we see Michael speak is during his congratulatory award speech, some meaningless award ceremony created by guest, only a little fragment of the speech is shown mind, and surprise surprise, it's the fragment where Michael thanks the 'wonderful' David Guest. David Guest is a disgrace. How dare this man use his supposed 'close friend' to make vast sums of money making a completely useless and lazy piece of TV. As the closing screen turns black Guest chooses the words 'rest good my friend, i love you'. I nearly vomited.

Such a shame this got made. A scorcese style 'No direction home' or 'living in the real world', needs to be made about Michaels music and performances. Not more crap to pile on to the name of the greatest of them all...
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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful By E. Verhulsdonck on November 4, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Didn't enjoy this film. one half of it is so tabloidy. Rebbie Jackson implying he went too far with plastic surgery. Frank Cascio saying Michael gave himself a Demerol shot just before MSG. Paul Anka stating that MJ illegally stole and copied the TII demo tape and way too much time focused on the 2005 allegations and trial. Some of your highlights folks! So to all the MJ lovers out there.. don't waste your money on this. Supposedly David G is a friend, a friend would not come up with all this BS!
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66 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Wendy on November 5, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Regarding David Gest's Michael Jackson: Life of an Icon

About this "documentary" I must speak.

I located and watched this on YouTube before deciding whether to buy it. Needless to say, I'm NOT going to buy it.
I actually had trouble sleeping last night after viewing this, it just disturbed me and caused me such pain. It is extremely exploitative of Michael. Like ripping yet another fresh metaphoric wound into this sweet, private man's mind-body-soul. And into the human psyche of anyone watching it who cares about Michael, the human being.

First part was a bit too long, but that was the part I enjoyed. Because the people being interviewed were not grinding axes into Michael's bones or betraying any confidences.

But then, in a most obvious, awkward transition, the piece verges into Tabloid Junkie-land. There is a segment with flashes of "different faces" of Michael that reminded me of the trash media's "morphing faces" of Michael which they LOVE(D) to play over and over. But what made my heart just ache and my stomach turn were the questionable-at-best personas whom Gest decided to "represent" Michael Jackson. Names such as Cascio, Taraborrelli, DiLeo, even Gest himself.
Old saying: "With friends like these, who needs enemies"...

1.) Cascio out-and-out contradicts himself saying on night of MSG in 2001, he found MJ asleep in NYC hotel room, supposedly asked him, "what have you taken" to which Michael was supposed to have said "I took a shot of Demerol, my back is really hurting".. Yet, Cascio and his whole family told freakin'-Oprah on her show that they had NEVER seen Michael on ANY KIND of drugs WHATSOEVER.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Myers on November 6, 2011
Format: DVD
I saw this and was completely disgusted. Gest is just another "friend" that betrayed Michael Jackson on every level he could. I am amazed, but not surprised that some of Michael's family joined in this fiasco and disappointed that Tom Messereau did too. This is just another tabloid junk movie, pretending to be a real documentary. Use your money to buy something worthwhile like Invincible or Blood on the Dancefloor.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matt Z. on December 2, 2011
Format: DVD
Iridescent as Michael Jackson was and probably IS and will be (from his body of music and labors). This film did a great JUSTICE in humanizing a man who knew the weight and significance of MYSTERY (hence keeping most of his life private).

Contrary to the most self aggrandizing "Look at me, I'm the greatest Michael Jackson Fan ever, but never grew up with him" tirades thinly disguised as reviews. These aren't weighted lies. David Guest even had the respect to keep anything approaching self aggrandizement out of the documentary/remembrances whatever you may wish to call it.

If you watch the few "cutting room floor" extras, you'll know that his editing perspective kept much of the controversy to a low key (such as Rebbie talking about her albums, Katherine's statement omitted in the real film that Tito when starting in fact played guitar better than his father) I noted a reviewer suggested he made a bad impression of Elizabeth Taylor (divorced from the film maker) No. He just reiterated a PECULIARITY of their friendship. Michael goaded her out of her dungeon with a $250,000 smile.

If anything this is a respectful presentation. Much of the substance the poor reviewers wish to declaim and deride is in fact truth. They didn't violate Michael's respect by talking about his private life in this instance, they never named names, they simply acknowledged what those in his inner circle knew. HE WASN'T GAY.
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