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Biography - The Osmonds: Pure and Simple
Biography - The Osmonds Pure and Simple
Actors: Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2005     0hr 50min

Profile of the singing brothers who burst upon the pop scene in the seventies on the "Andy Williams Show", and went on to sell more than 80 million records and break countless hearts. Includes interviews with Alan, Donny, ...  more »


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Actors: Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond
Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Documentary
Studio: A&E Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/27/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 0hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Great capsule of the entire Osmond family's career
John Cannon | Chesterfield, MO United States | 02/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This video, produced for the Arts & Entertainment Network's "Biography" series, is a nice overview of the entire Osmond family's musical career. Narrated in the traditional style of other "Biography" broadcasts, the video features many photographs, interviews and rare film and video clips of the entire Osmond family growing up in show business from 1960 to 1999. Aside from interviews from all family members, the show is interspersed with viewpoints from Andy Williams, Mike Curb (who produced much of their recorded material) and an editor from Rolling Stone (who admitted he purchased a 45 of "One Bad Apple" when it was released, much to the possible consternation of his fellow editors!). Although all of the video clips are enjoyable, there aren't as many as an avid Osmond fan might want. I would have liked to have seen more segments from the Andy Williams Show and a clip from their great performance of "Yo-Yo" from Flip Wilson's variety show. Understandably, it IS tough to highlight forty years of entertaining in a one hour program. The major theme of the entire program for the viewer is that of the remarkable binds that the Osmond family possess. Each Osmond brother (and Marie) relate the support that they received from each other. Even though their popularity has ridden the standard show business wave, every member of the family was involved in each other's undertakings and incredibly supportive. The family has held to their strong moral beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints within an industry that, obviously, is skeptical of Christian thought and practice. They all believe that their faith and family unity kept them away from the temptations that show business offers. Aside from some great music and undeniable talents exhibited over a long period of time, I came away with a greater appreciation and repect for the entire family because of this video."
Good Overview
Courtney Rabideau | USA | 01/04/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The Osmonds-Pure and Simple is very good for people who want to know more about the Osmonds. The 50 minuit story about the Osmonds covered about 60 years. From the marriage of the Osmond parents-George and Olive-to the birth of their sons and the early career of them to the Andy Williams. It goes into some detail about what went on during the 1970's when they hit it big with things like One Bad Apple and Crazy Horses. It gives some interesting storys about that time such as Donny had to stand on a grate so he could reach the mike while singing One Bad Apple. The show also goes into what happened to each of them after the first Donny and Marie show got cancelled in 1979. They talk mostly about Donny and Marie, though. They spend some time talking about the new Donny and Marie show and they show a humorous clip when Donny is talking about remodling a tub and Marie quips "You take baths?" Donny who has a hammer in his hand says"Don't make me use this." All in all it is a pretty good 50 minuits spent."
Jerry S. Fuller II | Las Vegas NV USA | 03/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Osmond's. Are a very talented family. The Osmond's "pure and simple" is a great look at this famous family. Gives a lot of insight into the lives of each Osmond. They have had 47 gold and platinum records and have sold more than a hundred million records. Very entertaining biography. I would also recommend the Osmond's live in concert!"
Without Compromise!
Roni | Singapore | 07/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)


I have been an avid fan of the Osmonds for decades and yet this Biography of the Osmonds provided great insight into the lives of the Osmonds on both personal and professional view points, and as a family.

Through this biography you get to watch performances of the Osmonds through the many, many years that they have been in the show business from the beginning till the time this biography covers.

Each Osmond is interviewed and you get to learn little bits of information about them and their lives, fears, dreams, etc.

For example, Jay who used to look at the camera a lot is actually in reality afraid of being in front of the camera. For him, the thought of being featured in a biography meant being once again casted in the spotlight and once again, in front of the camera and that scared him.

You get to realise just how proud the Osmonds are of each other as a family member and as a professional artist. How glad they are that they have been able to stay in the music business as a family through all these years and how for them it doesn't matter who is in the spotlight as long as it's an Osmond.

Get this DVD and journey with this wonderful family through their years of being in the show busincess and learn how their faith and love for each other kept them true to each other and to themselves - without compromise.