For the first short film for one of five consecutive record-breaking No. 1 hits from Bad, Michael Jackson and director Martin Scorsese created an epic 18-minute tale of urban and racial challenges in the 1980s. Bad was named the second greatest of Michaels short films by Rolling Stone in 2014.
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Written and Composed by Michael Jackson
Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions
Co-Produced by Michael Jackson for MJJ Productions, Inc.
From the album Bad, released August31, 1987
Released as a single September 7, 1987
THE SHORT FILM
Director: Martin Scorsese
Primary Production Location: New York City, New York
Michael Jacksons short film for Bad was the first of nine short films produced for recordings from Bad, one of the best selling albums of all time. The Bad single hit No. 1 in three countries in 1987, topping the charts in the United States, Spain and the Netherlands and reaching Top 5 in the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. In the U.S., Bad was the second of five consecutive No. 1 singles from one album on the Billboard Hot 100-making Michael the first artist to achieve this milestone.
Inspired by the real-life story of Edmund Perry, a prep school graduate from Harlem whose shooting death by a plainclothes policeman galvanized New York City, Bad stars Michael as Darryl, a student returning to his inner-city home while on break from a prestigious academy. In the short films extended black and white sequence, Darryl comes into conflict with his neighborhood friends (led by actor Wesley Snipes in a breakthrough role) after showing discomfort over their attempts at petty crime. Angrily dismissed by his friends for no longer being bad, Darryl challenges them in an abandoned subway station. As the film suddenly transitions to color,