Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
Directed By Sam Pollard
Written By Laurence Maslon
He had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory.
Featuring interviews from Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg & more, with never-before-seen photographs from Davis’ vast personal collection and excerpts from his electric performances in television, film and concert, the documentary explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s.
“The doc showcases Davis’s vast talents, but it also shines a light on his need for acceptance, his inability to curb indulgences, the groundbreaking aspects of his career & his hunger for applause.” Detroit News
“Consistently describes an ambitious talent always reaching for the top, but also a man plagued by insecurity, who remained sadly unsure of his own value.” The Hollywood Reporter