October 29th, 1988



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Anthology movie by, and starring, Michael Jackson in his prime, combining a number of music videos from his bestselling "Bad" album with a fantasy tale of Michael's confrontation with a ruthless drug dealer known as Mr. Big (Joe Pesci).

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 5.3/10 (7,819 voted)

Director: Jerry Kramer

Stars: Michael Jackson, Joe Pesci, Sean Lennon

A movie that starts out with the "Man in the Mirror" music video, it then changes to a montage of video clips of Michael's career. Next comes a parody of his Bad video by children, and then Michael is chased by fans in a fantasy sequence. 2 more videos are shown, and then a movie in which Michael plays a hero with magical powers. In it he is chased by drug dealer Mr. Big and saves three children. Videos included in the movie are "Smooth Criminal" and "Come Together".

Writers: Michael Jackson, David Newman

Michael Jackson - Himself / Michael
Joe Pesci - Mr. Big
Sean Lennon - Sean
Kellie Parker - Katie
Brandon Quintin Adams - Zeke 'Baby Bad' Michael (as Brandon Adams)
Ben Hoag - Maestro
Bilal - Dancer (segment 'Badder')
Brent Kelly - Jay O'Connor
Danial Brown -
Jose Chaidez -
Garland Spencer - Dancer (segment 'Badder')
D.J. Dellos - Dancer (segment 'Badder')
Dylan Stewart - Ellan
Dove Dellos - Dancer (segment 'Badder')
Ingrid Dupree -

Taglines: A Movie Like No Other


Official Website: Warner Bros. [Japan] |

Release Date: 29 October 1988

Filming Locations: Brownstone Street, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: SEK 2,740,282 (Sweden)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Michael Jackson originally wanted the release the movie in theaters in the United States, but budget problems forced him to make it a straight to video release.

Continuity: When Michael is taking off the rabbit costume, he pulls down the pants and he has no gloves on, although the next thing you see him take off are the gloves. When he takes off the mask, the gloves are back on. He also has no tape around his fingers when he's taking off the costume, but he has it on when he has the dance-off with Spike (the rabbit, come-to-life), although it is on his fingers when he puts the mask with the other clothes.

Michael: Why are you doing this? Stop it!
Mr. Big: You wanna know why I'm doing this, do you? I just wanna get everybody high, Man. You know, some good drugs. That's all.
Michael: Do it and you're dead.
Mr. Big: Let's give her a shot of this.

User Review

View It For What It Is- A Music Video Collection

Rating: 7/10

I was quite surprised to read some of the comments on this work, honestly. Some people were looking for a plot??? OK, when this video came out over a decade ago, I watched it for what it was: a collection of music videos. It's not a movie. It doesn't have a plot, nor a central storyline. It's a rather artistic anthology of mostly long-form videos, all of them rather smartly or creatively done. Michael Jackson may be considered a freak these days, but, after all, this was the man who gave us Thriller (considered by many to be the greatest music video of all time) and set trends with Billie Jean and Beat It. With Moonwalker, he and the filmmakers and artists who collaborated with him once again took his music and dance moves to create some vividly entertaining stuff, incorporating claymation, special effects, live performance footage, and even self-parody (the "Badder" sequence). And for those wondering what Joe Pesci was doing there, this video came out just a tad before he became a household name, and was one of his most memorable appearances on film. And, IMHO, I think the Smooth Criminal sequence (the choreographed section) beats anything else Michael Jackson did up to that point!


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