A Man Called Adam is coming home

STUDIOCANAL are delighted to announce the release of a brand-new restoration of A MAN CALLED ADAM, a musical drama which tackles racism in 1960s America – a fascinating and important example of black film history and an evocative celebration of the 60s jazz era.

Directed by Leo Penn and produced by Ike Jones (the first African American to produce a Hollywood film) A MAN CALLED ADAM features a largely all-black cast led by Sammy Davis Jr. with Louis Armstrong, Cicely Tyson and Ossie Davis with Mel Tormé, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Peter Lawford. Morgan Freeman is also featured as an uncredited extra.

A MAN CALLED ADAM has been fully restored and features a dazzling score including Louis Armstrong performing “Back O’ Town Blues”, Mel Tormé performing “All That Jazz”, and Sammy Davis Jr. performing “Whisper to One”.

Talented jazz musician Adam appears to have it all, but an inner anger and a tormented past threaten to destroy his career. When he meets jazz legend Willie Ferguson and falls in love with his granddaughter, a straight-talking civil rights activist, Adam begins to question his lifestyle, and resolves to tame his drinking and wild behaviour. But despite his new-found love, Adam is haunted by the shadows of his past. Can he escape his demons, before they destroy him entirely?

A MAN CALLED ADAM will be screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (18 – 25 Aug) and the Cinema Rediscovered Festival (28 July – 1 Aug) at Bristol’s Watershed and is available to buy on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from 16TH AUGUST and is available to pre-order HERE.


  • New: Interview with Radio 3 broadcaster and jazz expert Jumoké Fashola
  • New: Audio commentary by film historian and critic Sergio Mims