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Little Voice (1998)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  4 December 1998 (USA)
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The pathetically shy LV lives the life of a recluse listening to her late father's old records in her room and in the process driving her abusive, loud-mouthed mother, Mari Hoff, to ... See full summary »

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George
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Sadie
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Mr. Boo
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Bouncer
James Welsh ...
Bouncer
Karen Gregory ...
Stripper
Fred Feast ...
Arthur
Graham Turner ...
LV's Dad
George Oliver ...
Pawnbroker
Virgil Tracy ...
Loan Advisor
Dick Van Winkle ...
Money Lender
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The pathetically shy LV lives the life of a recluse listening to her late father's old records in her room and in the process driving her abusive, loud-mouthed mother, Mari Hoff, to distraction. At night, however, when her father's ghost visits, LV sings the songs of the great divas such as Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey. One evening LV is overheard by one of her mother's loathsome boyfriends, the disastrous dead-end talent scout Ray Say, who recognizes her innate talent and realizes this is his last big chance for the glittering prizes. Gambling everything Ray Say forces LV to appear at a local run-down, seedy night club run by Mr. Boo. As preparations for the big event proceed apace LV meets the equally shy Billy, a pigeon-racing telephone engineer and they form a tentative, gentle friendship. The big night finally arrives and everything is in readiness, the band, the club and even a big agent from London, but what about LV? Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Finding your own voice can be magic. See more »


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Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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4 December 1998 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

£761,094 (UK) (8 January 1999)

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$4,595,000 (USA) (26 March 1999)
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Mike Reid turned down a role. See more »

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Quote from Mari Hoff: "What's up with you lots, never had a shag in a Chevy?" Ray Say's car is a 1972 Delta 88 Oldsmobile Convertible See more »

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Ray Say: [rejecting middle-aged Mari's advances] Your body's shot! With your clothes off it's all over the place; I can't keep track of it!
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks to ... Jason Wheeler and Team, ... Staff at St. Nicholas Hotel, Wreahead Hotel and East Ayton Lodge, ... The People of Scarborough ... North Yorkshire Police (Scarborough Department), Scarborough Borough Council, South Bay Traders Association, Haven Holidays (Cayton Bay), Stephen Joseph Theatre. See more »

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Features The Judy Garland Show (1963) See more »

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I Never Cried So Much in All My Life
(1934)
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Written by William Haines (as Haines), Jimmy Harper (as Harper) and Harry Castling (as Castling)
Copyright 1936 Campbell Connelly Co. Ltd.
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17 April 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Summary:

This is the story of a painfully shy girl who takes comfort escaping the harsh world of her overbearing mother by enclosing herself in a world of music. The peace she finds while playing her late father's records is the only world she's at home in. She sings the songs to her father's memory with an unbelievable ability to capture not just the voices of artists such as Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, and Marilyn Monroe but also the tone, the passion and the quality that made them legends. This ability is overheard by a talent agent who sees fortune in her voice. He tries to rip her out of her private world and force her into the terrifying spot light.

My Opinion:

I watched this film and was amazed. The characters of LV (Jane Horrocks) and Billy (Ewan McGregor) are just so adorable that you love them from the moment they are on screen. The performances of all the supporting players are good but the performance of Jane Horrocks is amazing. It's the kind of performance awards were created to celebrate, but got no where near the kind of recognition it deserved. Hardly saying anything throughout the first part of the film she communicates so much through her eyes and expressions. Then when she sings she does not just 'mimic' the voices of legends but proves she is a legend in her own right.


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