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Little Voice (1998)

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A shy reclusive lady is convinced by an invisible entity to sing. Subsequently, she finds herself noticed by a sleazy talent agent and her talent being showcased on-stage. She also meets a kind but nervous man who becomes her best friend.

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James Welsh ...
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Karen Gregory ...
Stripper
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Arthur
Graham Turner ...
LV's Dad
George Oliver ...
Pawnbroker
Virgil Tracy ...
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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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talent | mother | recluse | singer | shy | See All (101) »

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Finding your own voice can be magic. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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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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Cordes sensibles  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$93,722 (USA) (4 December 1998)

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$4,595,000 (USA) (26 March 1999)
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Trivia

Ewan McGregor's character does not appear in the original stage play. Mark Herman - who had just worked with McGregor on Brassed Off (1996) - liked the actor so much, he created the part specially for him. See more »

Goofs

The character played by Michael Caine during a conversation with Jane Horrocks' character, when naming the famous people he had met in the past, called Matt Monro the singing bus "conductor", when in fact it is well known that Matt Monro was a bus "driver" before he became famous. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Big Spender
Music by Cy Coleman
Words by Dorothy Fields
© 1965 by Dorothy Fields and Cy Coleman
Rights assigned to Notable Music Co Inc
in co-publication with Lida Enterprises Inc, USA
Licensed by Campbell Connelly & Co Ltd, London
Performed by Jane Horrocks
Arranged by John Altman
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Raw emotional power from every performance, beautiful in so many ways.
31 January 1999 | by (Charlotte, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film that showcases not only the music, but also a full roster of powerful performances. Every one is excellent, but it's the two most subtle of them all that steal the show.

Jane Horrocks has proven that she can be so much more than Bubbles, the airheaded secretary from AbFab. She's more than a match for every other powerful actor on the screen, and considering her co-stars that's quite an accomplishment. Her chemistry with the wonderful Ewan McGregor is remarkable; the story of their characters could have made a gentle, beautiful love story on its own, but as it is, their attraction gives hope for both of these gentle, quiet characters. I would've liked to see more attention paid to McGregor's character, but that could simply be because where McGregor is concerned, there can't really ever be enough.

Michael Caine is deserving of his Golden Globe. Showy as his role undeniably is, he never pushes it too far. This performance is another example of his versatility and his formidable onstage presence.

Brenda Blethyn has become one of my favourite actors since I saw Secrets & Lies; here again, she's a wrecked mother who lives in a dream world, but with added layers of violence and neglect toward her only child. She can speak volumes with her thickly-shadowed black eyes and an omnipresent cigarette. We never get the full story on her relationship with her late husband, LV's beloved father, but the tension and the words unsaid are brought to a boil in a key scene between Blethyn and Horrocks.

Come Oscar time, it would be wonderful to see Little Voice get some recognition.


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