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Little Voice (1998)

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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LV
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George
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Sadie
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Bouncer
James Welsh ...
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Stripper
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Arthur
Graham Turner ...
LV's Dad
George Oliver ...
Pawnbroker
Virgil Tracy ...
Loan Advisor
Dick Van Winkle ...
Money Lender
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Storyline

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 | shy | recluse | singer | See All (102) »

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A Comedy That Breaks the Records. 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

To prepare for his role as club owner Mr Boo, Jim Broadbent toured many of the working men's clubs and theaters in Yorkshire. 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

Billy: Great tune.
LV: My heart belongs to Daddy.
Billy: Oh I see.
[looks disappointed]
LV: Marilyn Monroe
Billy: OH!
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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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References Goldfinger (1964) See more »

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A Star Is Born
Excerpts from "A Star Is Born"
By kind permission of Warner Bros.
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What an incredible performance
27 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jane Horrocks! wow - I had no idea that she is such a tremendous mimic. I was slightly intoxicated whilst watching this film, and assumed that they were using the extracted original vocals of singers such as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland etc. I was gob-smacked when the closing title said 'Jane Horrocks performed all her own songs'. Christ on crutches.. to call her gift 'a talent' is a travesty. Anyway.. about the film. The acting is mostly excellent (apart from LV's mother who goes right over the top in parts.. although she does manage to make you cringe and really feel her desperation). Michael Caine plays a great dirty minded but likable agent character (the man's a god - watch 'Get Carter'). I felt genuinely sorry for LV - a sweet and agonisingly introverted girl with an amazing ability to mimic other singers. Thank god Jane Horrocks isn't as shy as the character that she portrays in this film - it would be such a shame if her gift had never been exposed this way.


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