Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me (2017)

“He always said that for him the two keys were: Walking in a room and walking out. The rest is gravy. So, how do you come in? How do you go out. The rest you know what to do.” – Billy Crystal

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the life of Sammy Davis Jr. who became a star while just a toddler.

My Take on it – Great documnetary that allows the viewer to get a much more intimate look at the talented, yet troubled life of Sammy Davis Jr.

The film explores his budding talent at a very young age, to his stint in the army during World War II to his rise to stardom in the 50’s.

He became such an icon after that and most people knew who he was.

He joined forces with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and the trio make were able to boost their fame as a group to an even higher level.

The movie doesn’t try and shy away from his scandals and tragedies and the viewer gets a clear look at how his rise to fame also was part of his eventual undoing.

The interviews that they show here with friends and colleagues, along with interviews with Davis himself via clips are all quite eye opening and help give the viewer a full picture of who he really was.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Davis was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for his television performances. He was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 1987, and in 2001, he was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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