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Dreamgirls (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music, Musical  |  25 December 2006 (USA)
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A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Magic (as Mariah Wilson)
Yvette Cason ...
M.C. (as Ralph Harris)
Jazz Singer


Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

singer | trio | 1960s | pop chart | fire | See All (193) »


One Dream Will Change Everything See more »


Drama | Music | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Soñadoras  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$378,950 (USA) (15 December 2006)


$103,338,338 (USA) (13 April 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Obba Babatundé was nominated for the 1982 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Musical for "Dreamgirls" for his portrayal of C.C. White. See more »


During a 1965 press conference, a photographer uses a Nikon camera that was introduced in the late 1980s. See more »


Effie Melody White: Tell me something, Curtis. Do you think it's right to promote an amateur performer over a professional?
Curtis Taylor Jr.: I'm not sure what this is about...
Effie Melody White: It's about fairness, Curtis. It's about people paying their dues. Isn't that what you keep telling me? "Get in line, Effie. Wait your turn". So why am I sitting here without so much as a B-side on a 45, when an amateur like Martin Luther King Jr. gets his own freaking album? I mean, can he even sing?
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Crazy Credits

The film begins immediately after the distribution studio logos, with no opening titles/credits of any kind. See more »


Referenced in Darfur Now (2007) See more »


Step on Over
Written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen
Performed by Beyoncé Knowles, Anika Noni Rose, and Sharon Leal
Produced by The Underdogs (Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas)
Published by Dreamgirls Music (ASCAP) admin. by Universal-Geffen Music and Dreamettes Music (BMI) admin. by Universal-Geffen Music
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Wow. And I thought it was going to be just "okay".
13 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Fantabulous. Stupendous. I can't even believe it. I've changed my pick for Best Picture this year so many times you'd think I have multiple personalities. But let me tell you it's just been a tremendous year for film. Kudos all around. I tell you none of the BP nominees last year, could compete this year. And I loved Brokeback Mountain and Munich.

Dreamgirls is an amazing movie. I know what you're thinking. I didn't believe the hype either. But I saw it today and I actually don't think it's been hyped enough. Everyone deserves to be nominated. But it's just that kind of year, folks. Too many awesome performances not enough nominations. Of course the major buzz has been going to Jennifer Hudson and she does deserve as much praise as she's getting but that's because she's a 15. Everyone else is a 10. So she's better but it's ridiculous how awesome everyone else is. Of course Eddie Murphy's great. He's been in those movies where he plays like 10 fat people, which should have gotten him some recognition all these years, but of course they wouldn't go for that. But now that he's done such a great job here whatever awards he'll get, he'll deserve. And those of us who loved "Party All the Time" are definitely not surprised at his vocal prowess. Jamie Foxx is great again you know, but this time he's playing the villain so maybe that's why he's kinda been ignored. Anika Noni Rose. I don't know where she came from but I loved her too. All great voices. All great performances.

Beyonce. Okay, I'm not a huge fan. She's talented and I appreciated her acting from Austin Powers. Yeah that sounds weird but you could tell she was comfortable on screen and had a lot of fun. I don't generally like the way she and her contemporaries sing nowadays so I wasn't expecting much either way. I figured she'd be passable. But she did such a great job playing Diana Ross. Everything down to the gestures, and the fact that she wanted to lose weight for this, tells me that she definitely took her job seriously. And it paid off.

I think this is rated PG13. I can't remember why. I think there are a few bad words and one quick flash of some drugs. But I wouldn't mind taking a kid to this. Because there is so much more to it that's worth it. In a strange way I thought it would make a great double feature with Happy Feet. So much toe-tapping to be done. People waited in my theater through the credits for Jennifer Hudson's name/image to pop up and they all clapped. That never happens where I live either. Never. And there were little old ladies going "WOOHOO!" after a couple of Effie's songs.

If you like movies, this year go see everything. But make sure that you save time for this one. You're gonna love it.

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