Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me


Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time: 2 PM
Location: National Museum of American Jewish History

Director: Samuel D. Pollard
Genre: Doc Feature
Country: USA | France
Year: 2017
Running Time: 1 hr 40 min
Language: English

Sponsored by: Dana and Seth Goldstein

General Admission: $15
Seniors: $13
Students: $7 (*for our rules and regulations on Student tickets, click HERE)

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Getting beyond his affiliation with the Rat Pack, director Samuel D. Pollard’s intimate portrait of Sammy Davis, Jr. paints a vivid picture of a child prodigy, world-class entertainer, and civil rights activist. Having achieved stardom during a period of American history fraught with racial barriers, the effervescent, tap-dancing icon, known for hits like “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Gotta Be Me,” struggled against prejudice and frequently courted controversy. From appearing onstage with Frank Sinatra to befriending President Nixon despite the disapproval of his fan base, Sammy demonstrated that he was not afraid to go against the grain. In fact, one of his most memorable moves transpired off the dance floor when, while recovering from a serious car accident, he famously announced his decision to convert to Judaism.

A self-made success, it was Sammy Davis, Jr.’s extraordinary talent and resilience that propelled him to the top and established him as the musical legend we know today. Featuring fabulous interviews with Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and Norman Lear, and a generous selection of archival clips highlighting Davis’ show-stopping performances, SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME is a masterful dedication to one of America’s most unforgettable stars.

Special Guests: TBD


For Fans of:

  • American icons
  • Biographical films
  • Dance
  • Films about race relations
  • Music documentaries
  • Music history
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • The Rat Pack

Official Selection:

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • Denver Jewish Film Festival
  • New York Jewish Film Festival
  • Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
  • Seattle Jewish Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival


  • Audience Award – Nashville Film Festival
  • Audience Award (Best Documentary) – Denver Jewish Film Festival
  • Audience Award (Honorable Mention) – Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
  • Audience Choice Award (Best Documentary Film) – Seattle Jewish Film Festival
  • Best Documentary – Dayton Jewish Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Feature – Louisiana International Film Festival


  • “Moving.” (Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • “Fast-paced and classically constructed.” (Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter)